Green Lentil Soup in a slow cooker

Green lentil and vegetable soup (slow cooker)

A thick and creamy soup for swallow practice and leaving some of the vegetables unblended to stretch that trismus out and around the spoon.
A very filling soup with loads of nutrient dense goodness. I adapted it meet some immune system needs by way of turmeric and ginger powder. Yum!

1 cup green lentils

¾ cup split peas ( or you can use more lentils)

1 onion chopped

2 cups chopped potato

2 cups of chopped celery

2 cups of butternut squash

5 cloves of garlic minced

1 litre of stock – chicken or vegetable ( I prefer chicken)

Salt (Himalayan)

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger powder

To finish

1 – 2 cups of chopped spinach or kale

Few glugs of quality olive oil

1 cup of chopped parsley

Red wine vinegar, or sherry or lemon juice or I added apple cider vinegar – about a large tablespoon – no science taste and add to suit.

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker , cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Place 3 – 4 cups of the soup in a blender with a few glugs of olive oil and pulse until semi smooth and creamy looking. Add this back to the pot – if you like more whole vegetables then only pulse 3 cups.  I like to leave a few whole vegetables to practice chewing and opening mouth ( trismus exercise)
  3. Stir in spinach / kale / parsley and then let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. Season to taste and add the sherry, vinegar or lemon juice.
  5. You can add parmesan cheese to serve also and I soaked sourdough bread in it with butter!

Help me Rhonda kick start the Honda!

Kickstart or “activate” your turmeric. Who knew?

Activated Turmeric is better than just slugging back Turmeric powder and hoping for the best & here is why.

If it is not activated it’s not activated, meaning it is not doing the intended job. I started taking turmeric about 12 months ago to help with inflammation after surgery and radiotherapy. Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is the strong anti -inflammatory ingredient we are after. The end goal is to get the Turmeric from your mouth to your small intestine where it can be absorbed and be its most beneficial. To activate you need to follow this equation: –

Turmeric + Black Pepper + Fat = Kickstart Rhonda, that is activated Turmeric

Black pepper contains Piperine a compound that increases the bioavailability of Curcumin. Piperine slows the absorption of Curcumin in the stomach allowing the fat time to carry the Turmeric to the small intestine and that’s as techy as I am going to get for you and all you really need to know.

So to make this as easy as possible make up a small jar of activated turmeric paste and keep it in the fridge to use in smoothies and Golden Milk drink (recipe below).

Here’s the recipe to kicks start your Turmeric journey and get it out of the yard.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup filtered water (not tap)

1/4 cup organic turmeric powder

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a thick paste (about 5 minutes). Carefully transfer to a resealable glass container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Golden Milk is a gorgeous way to have turmeric.

Combined with your preferred milk turmeric boosts calcium absorption, while the added fat from the coconut oil aids in your bodies ability to absorb and reap the rewards of turmeric. This soothing drink is the perfect thing to incorporate into your night time routine or on a cooler autumn afternoon to help promote a restful night’s sleep and boost immunity.

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Ingredients:

1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric paste

1 cup milk (almond, soy, coconut, or dairy) try my home made oat milk recipe you can find it on The Food Manifesto facebook site.

1 tsp coconut oil

Honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to taste

Cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

Combine turmeric paste, milk, and coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat on medium high, stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from coming to a boil. Once heated, transfer to a mug and add the honey and cinnamon if you like. Perfect for the pending cooler weather.