When it comes to Anti-Inflammatory soups, this Turmeric Ginger Butternut Squash one is 💯! Packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients and vegan (unless you want to add some shredded chicken!), this will warm you right up in those cold fall and winter months and keep you cozy!
This fall and winter squash has a creamy texture when pureed, and is packed full of phytochemicals. They can be a little intimidating to cook the first time, but once you’ve done it, you’ll see it’s no problem.
Baby greens like this are amazing ways to get in your calcium, folate, iron, and other minerals and vitamins. Also, since it’s cooked in this butternut squash soup, you’ll absorb more calcium and iron.
Turmeric and Ginger
Both of these ingredients are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Lentils are a staple of the Mediterranean diet, and I love the use of them in this recipe because they add some plant-based protein and fiber. This helps prevent blood sugar spikes, which also helps stave off chronic inflammation.
Preheat oven to 400 F, cut butternut squash in half and lay it facing downward on a pan covered in foil. Cook for 40 minutes.
In a large pot, drizzle oil and add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook until the onions are clear, stirring often.
Pour in the milk, broth, and lentils, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until lentils are cooked through.
When the squash is finished cooking, remove from oven, spoon out and discard seeds. Then scoop out the flesh and place in a high-powered blender.
Add half of the soup mixture into blender and puree until smooth. Pour back into the soup pot.
Stir in the baby spinach and simmer until the spinach is wilted.
Divide into bowls, serve, and enjoy!
*Save some time by buying butternut squash already cubed and steaming it to get it soft enough to puree.
*Kale can be subbed in for the baby spinach.
*If you like your soup to feel ‘chunkier’, cook the lentils and add them AFTER you puree the other ingredients. This may also help to have an even lower blood sugar response.
This delicious and cozy anti-inflammatory soup really should be a staple in your household in the fall and winter months. Chock full of anti-inflammatory ingredients, this butternut squash soup will also give you an injection of vitamins and minerals.
When it comes to easy and nutritious, nothing comes closer than this simple roasted tomato soup. Not only is it full of phytonutrients from tomatoes, onion, and bell peppers, it’s also a great cold-weather comfort food.
Being from the South, I’ve had my fair share of collard greens as a kid–but never collard greens soup. Well, I’ve had my fair share of adults trying to get me to eat my collard greens as a kid. I was never a huge fan (being more of the ‘addicted to sugar‘ type).
But as an adult? Not only do I know the superpower of greens, I’ve experimented through the years to see what works, what doesn’t, and what I can tolerate in the name of getting needed nutrients and fiber into my body. (Cause my body does so much better when I’m taking care of it this way!)
This Creamy Collard Greens Soup recipe is not only right up there with ‘what works’, but my kids didn’t even know the difference between this and the broccoli-potato soup they regularly order at the steakhouse down the road. (Win for Mama!!)
So technically potatoes aren’t necessarily ‘frowned upon’ in an anti-inflammatory diet (unless you have to avoid nightshades). But what does happen is that they’re such a high-glycemic vegetable that it can raise blood sugar levels. High blood sugar is inflammatory.
That being said, I’ve been able to sub in butternut squash repeatedly on recipes (like this one) and my kids didn’t even know! They thought they were orange-y potatoes!
So without further ado, the collard green soup that my kids think is full of potatoes… (and other greens they think are NOT collards)… 😁