This vibrant orange soup is like sunshine in a bowl to me! It is full of goodness: anti-oxidants from the garlic, anti-inflammatory agents from the ginger, red onion & carrot & if that wasn’t enough, goji berries & nutmeg to stimulate the immune system. The generous dose of ginger helps ward away bugs & decongest blocked nose & sinuses. Orange juice adds vitamin C & freshness.
The addition of pearl barley adds fibre, protein, vitamin B complex vitamins required for energy production & healthy skin & nervous system & selenium to boost the immune system. Pearl barley thickens this soup along with the potato making this soup deliciously satisfying.
Serves : 4
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: approx 50 mins
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
5cm chunk of fresh root ginger, coarsely chopped
2 red onions, coarsely chopped
600g carrots, peeled & thickly sliced
1 leek, sliced
1 medium sweet potato, diced
1 white potato, diced
1.4 litres vegetable stock (I use bouillon powder)
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup orange juice and zest from 1 orange
1/4 cup pearl barley
Pinch of nutmeg
Optional: decorate with a sprinkling of goji berries & a pinch of ground flaxseed
Melt 1tbsp coconut oil n a deep-bottomed pot. Add chopped garlic, ginger & red onion, leek & brown gently for about 5 mins.
Add sliced carrot, sweet potato & white potato chunks. Cook for a further 5 mins. Add vegetable stock (I use organic bouillon powder, for its superior taste, gluten free status & it is suitable for vegetarians). Bring to the boil.
Add most of the goji berries (reserve some for the garnish), pearl barley & simmer for 35-40 mins until the carrots & are tender & pearl barley puffed up & soft.
Add the orange juice & nutmeg & blend. You can now add more stock or hot water if the consistency is too thick.
Add ground nutmeg & season with salt & pepper. Add most of the goji berries & stir through, they will soften in the soup.
I like to serve with a sprinkle of gojis on top (as pictured).
To add an extra nutrient boost, sprinkle ground flaxseed on top too.
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