Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

Winter is here which means soup time! There’s nothing I love more on a cold winter day than a nice hot bowl of soup. Soup is one of those awesome, easy, brainless recipes. Seriously.. Throw your ingredients in a pot and it does most of the work for you. This recipe should take no more than 20 minutes. It has some fantastic flavours (creamy coconut milk and cinnamon) and is filling enough for lunch or dinner with a side salad!

I know many people have made the new years resolution of being “healthier” whether that means eating more fruit and veggies, reducing their sugar intake, or going to the gym.. But did you think about being “healthier” in terms of what you’re putting on your body? I have a list of the “toxic ten”, which are ingredients to avoid when shopping for cosmetics and body care products. It’s great if you’re eating healthy and being active but if you’re still lathering chemicals on your skin that gets absorbed into your body! Here’s what to look for:

triclosan– often found in antibacterial products

artificial musks– found in products that contain fragrance or perfume, hair products, and cosmetics

-parabens– ethylparaben, methylparaben, butylparaben, or propylparaben

-phthalates– found in nail products

-petrolatum– petroleum jelly, found in lip, skin, and hair products

-formaldehyde releasing agents- found in hair products, moisturizers, and cosmetics

-sodium laureth sulfate & sodium lauryl sulfate– found in products that lather (shampoo, toothpaste, and body wash)

silicone chemicals– in hair products, moisturizers, and cosmetics

-coal tar derived colors– in hair dye (P-Phenylenediamine)

-BHA & BHT– in moisturizers, makeup, and some fragrances


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Ingredients 

  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into chunks
  • 1 carrot, chopped into chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 c red lentil, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger (ground or fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • dash of salt and pepper

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  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a large soup pot
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat. Uncovered
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally
  4. Once done simmering the vegetables should be soft. Remove the pot from the heat and puree using a hand held blender until the soup is thick and smooth
  5. Feel free to top with extra coconut milk when serving

Enjoy!

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