This soup recipe is from Patrick Holford’s 9 Day Liver Detox, which is the easiest detox diet in the world. Every recipe is so delicious you almost want to stay on the diet forever. For those of you who don’t know Patrick Holford – he is Britain’s leading nutrition expert, and author of over thirty books on diet, health and nutrition. He is a charismatic speaker and if you get the chance to see him you will come out of his talks wanting to throw out all the bad foods in your grocery cupboard and turn into a health freak. I never miss any of his talks when he is in South Africa.
The soup is highly regarded as a health tonic because it contains foods that provide key nutrients to ensure good health. It is rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene as well as anti-inflammatory onions, garlic and ginger. The coconut milk contains triglycerids which are special kinds of saturated fat which are not stored as fat, but are used to give you energy. Coconut is also thought to fight infection and help thyroid function.
If you do his 9 Day Liver Detox diet, you will lose weight, boost your energy levels, and give your skin a healthy glow. Apart from giving you all the detox details, the book also has great recipes for soups, breakfasts, salads and puddings.
Fom Patrick Holford’s 9 Day Liver Detox
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or ( medium - not extra virgin ) olive oil
- 1/2 red onion , chopped roughly
- 1 clove garlic , crushed
- 1 large carrot or 2 medium ones , peeled and chopped
- 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium ones. Do not peel , just chop to the same size as the carrot to ensure even cooking.
- 1 heaped tsp grated fresh root ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 2 tsp reduced salt vegetable stock
- 1/2 red pepper diced
- 75 m (2 1/2fl oz) coconut milk
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes until they start to soften but do not brown.
add the carrot, sweet potato, ginger, turmeric and stock powder. Just cover with boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
add the red pepper and coconut milk.
At this stage Patrick says to blend the soup until thick and smooth.
We like to eat it, as is with the vegetables in chunks.