There is nothing better than a bowl of warm and hearty soup on a cold winter day. But it can also be very healthy! Avoid the heavy creams and fatty sausages and try this amazing turmeric lentil soup with rich coconut cream. Before we show you the recipe, we will see how each ingredient benefits your health.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric is a pretty versatile ingredient which adds a mild warmth to sauces, mustards and soups. It is rich in curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it a perfect remedy for burns, worms, swelling, sores and infected wounds.

Also turmeric is useful for alleviating diarrhea, headaches, high cholesterol, digestive problems and gallbladder disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it a great ingredient for the prevention of bloating. It helps the body metabolize fat, which is especially useful for those who want to lose the extra pounds!

  • Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is usually composed of 4 parts coconut and one part water. But avoid using sweetened coconut cream since it contains added sugars. Coconut cream adds richness to this soup.

A large percent of the fatty acids found in coconut cream are the medium-chain fatty acids, which means that they give the cells energy to burn fat. They are quickly digested and accelerate the metabolism. Coconut cream has all the health benefits as coconut oil. This means that the high amount of lauric acid in coconut cream helps the immune system fight fungus, viruses and bacteria. It’s also vegan, and without the additives contained in dairy cream.

  • Lentils

Lentils are among the healthiest legumes. Their earthy and nutty flavor is accompanied by a lot of health benefits, including improving digestive and hearth health, lowering cholesterol, stabilizing the blood sugar levels, and increasing energy. Lentils are a great source of folate, which is very important for women’s health.

Creamy Turmeric Lentil Soup

You’ll need:

  • A tablespoon of olive oil
  • A medium diced yellow onion
  • Three peeled and diced carrots
  • Three diced stalks of celery
  • Four cloves of garlic
  • Two teaspoons of turmeric
  • Two teaspoons of cumin
  • One teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • A bit of red pepper flakes
  • A cup of lentils
  • Four cups of broth (it’s best to use homemade vegetable broth but you can also use fish or chicken broth for different flavors)
  • Two cups kale or spinach
  • A can of coconut cream

Instructions

In a large pot heat the oil. Put the onion and saute for about 3 minutes and then add carrots. After a while put the spices and garlic a and cook for a minute. Put the broth and lentils. Boil them and then reduce the heat, cooking it uncovered for about half an hour or until the lentils become soft. Add the coconut cream and kale and stir well.

This is a really versatile soup. It is vegan, but if you like you can add animal products or meat. You can also add bell peppers or squash. You can replace the onion with leek, or add a bit of lemongrass.

Healthy recipes like this one are the main reason why many people decide to cook at home, even though there are a number of restaurants and fast-food options available. Ultimately, the healthiness, affordability and the heart-warming qualities of home-cooked meals simply win out.