A delicious, radiant bowl of orange goodness
A little spicy with a whole lotta immune-boosting properties
I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying good health. We’re ever sending out love and fortitude during these turbulent times. We’re going to keep bringing the healthy, vibrant recipes to support and nourish our bodies. Plus, for us, cooking is a great time to chill and find a slice of peace with pots and pans.
I created this soup to hit the sweet spot, a fine balance between deliciousness and nutritiousness, with the flavours of the souks, the spice markets of Morocco in mind. This soup is rich and sustaining, creamy and spicy in all the right places.
I wanted to add some of my (maybe your?) favourite veggies that you may have right now; sweet potato, carrot (beta-carotene superheroes) and cauliflower. Also adding warming spices in the Ras El Hanout spice mix (winter chills are still hanging onto Spring up here!), vivid turmeric and richly flavoured paprika. Then a bit hit of fresh ginger for even more immune-boosting ZING! We also roast the vegetables in this recipe to bring out their natural sweetness and flavour.
Every ingredient here is a superstar
This is immune-boosting from all angles. The yoghurt is full of pro-biotics, helping our gut to stay well, 70% of our immune system is located in the gut. Which also likes lots of fibre and pretty much all of the ingredients are good sources of fibre.
This soup is just what we needed right now! Our bodies crave this kind of sunshine food, which I seem to cook a lot of when we’re back in the Beach House Kitchen (located on top of a mountain in Snowdonia, Wales, for newbies). Putting sunshine colours in our pans and on your plates really works. Eating food this colour means it’s most probably loaded with anti-oxidants and loads of beta carotene too. Edible rainbows of healthy happiness.
Food to keep us shining!
I used to eat thick, lentil soups, something like this one, in the Rif Mountains in Morocco. I settled down for a little while up there a good few years ago. The steaming pots of soup in the morning, with fresh bread and spices, was a great start to the day. I love soup anytime and would dearly like to go back to Morocco when all this blows over. The slow pace of life in the mountains of Morocco is inspiring me right now, patience and finding peace being key to riding this strange time out.
I also stayed with some Berber musicians in a small village in the Atlas Mountains and we basically played music all day, ate together around one big pot and occasionally picked cactus fruits, or went out to play with the goats and kids. It was a very (very) chilled life. Jane and I are mainly playing music, cooking and going out to say hello to the local sheep, so there isn’t that much difference really! Jane’s just remembered that she can play violin, which has opened whole new doorways in our jam sessions. Good time to find that one out.
Back in the kitchen….this is not a traditional Moroccan soup of course, but it’s inspired by some of my favourite spices from Morocco, where they have some of the best spice markets I’ve been to. Tucked away in souks, down tiny, winding alleys, they appear timeless. Not quite the same when you buy them in the supermarket, but if you can, buy your spices whole, then toast and grind them yourself. When I got back from Morocco, it took weeks for me to stop smelling like cumin. The spices are potent in those parts!!
Enjoy this soup and cooking it! I love having more time in the kitchen nowadays at home to really focus on my cooking, every aspect, from buying and preparing the vegetables, to washing up at the end, the whole act of making healthy, homemade food is important to us. It seems like every aspect can affect my life in a positive way, especially when we’re doing it with a smile on our faces.
Be well and say “hello!” below in the comments or over on Instagram or Facebook. We’d always love hearing from you. What country are you in? Cooking right now for us is like travelling without leaving the kitchen. I have my favourite Moroccan tunes on when I cook this, wash it all down with some ‘Berber Whiskey’ aka fresh mint tea with a pinch of gunpowder green tea in there. I haven’t worn my Djellaba in the kitchen yet, but it’s only a matter of time…..
This recipe makes a lot, by design, get that freezer stocked up or….
Left thick aka not thinning with hot water, this makes for a nice daal also. I add a little fried garlic and more spices just before serving with rice or warm flatbreads.
Basically, you can use similar quantities of other veggies here if you’re short of any of these. I made this again today (the photos are from a few days ago) and I popped a roasted red pepper in there, which was delicious! The lentils and spices make for a great soup base.
Moroccan Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup with Yoghurt and Ras El Hanout – Vegan, Gluten-free
The Bits – For 8-10 bowls (plenty for the freezer)
7 medium carrots
3 medium sweet potatoes
350g/1 small cauliflower
200g red lentils
3 heaped tbs fresh ginger (finely chopped)
1 large onion (diced)
2 tbs ground turmeric
1 1/2 tbs ras el hanout (or other spice mix like garam masala or baharat)
1 tbs sweet paprika
2.5 ltrs vegetable stock
200ml unsweetened soya yoghurt
1-2 tbs cooking oil (I used cold pressed rapeseed oil)
Chopped parsley and chillies
Preheat an oven to 190oC.
Roughly chop your sweet potato, carrots and cauliflower. Place the vegetables onto a large baking tray (or two), cover lightly with oil and a little salt. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until soft and slightly caramelised, turning them once during cooking.
In a very large saucepan, the very biggest one you have. Warm your oil and then add the onions and ginger, fry for 4 minutes, before adding the turmeric, paprika and ras el hanout, stirring for a minute.
Now add the lentils and stock, bring to a rolling simmer and leave to cook for 20 minutes. Until the lentils are soft. Add the roasted vegetables and yoghurt, blending all together until smooth using a stick blender. Thin the soup with hot water if needed, have a boiled kettle on standby, for the soup, or tea?
For serving – Stir a little lemon juice into some soya yoghurt. Drizzle over the soup and swirl if you’d like it to look a bit fancy. Scatter herbs and chillies.
Enjoy warm, with a stack of flatbreads.
Sweet potatoes bright orange colour comes from the beta carotene content, beta-carotene makes Vitamin A, which makes you see in the dark and through brick walls, like a superhero. It will also give you the ability to scale tall turnips and dodge banana bullets….
Also, sweet potatoes are a good sources of vitamin C, fibre, anti-oxidants (which keep us from rusting), and loads of minerals like manganese, potassium and even copper sneaks in there.
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We’ll be posting more pictures of the Beach House Kitchen soon; the mountains, garden and wild nature of the Snowdonia mountains. The sun has been shining and the sunsets have been dramatic. The atomic mandarin has done us proud. What a peach!
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