Soup is one of those foods that feels so good to eat. It’s warming and satisfying, and it fills you in a comforting way. This soup recipe is potato soup with a twist. It adds the wonderful sweetness of coconut milk for a taste like no other. It has a hint of Thai cuisine.
There are many studies on the health benefits of soup. Because it’s warm and eaten with a spoon, it has been said that you fill up on less – thus limiting calories consumed. Depending on what it contains, soup can provide you with other health benefits as well. Here’s a breakdown of this soup recipe:
Potatoes: A great source for potassium (helps maintain body fluid levels blood pressure, and heart function), phosphorus (strengthens bones), and magnesium (aids in the absorption of calcium and helps strengthen bones and teeth).
Coconut milk: High in iron (helps transport oxygen throughout the body), potassium, and chloride (helps with blood pressure).
Lemon grass: Helps aid digestion.
Red bell pepper: High in vitamin C (which fights infections and is great for the skin) and beta carotene (also good for the skin and the body’s immune system).
Corn: High in fiber, thiamin (good for metabolism), and folate (aids the growth of new cells).
Garlic: Helps the immune system.
Onions: Helps the bronchial system and the colon.
Curry paste: Said to boost brain function.
Potato Soup Recipe
Ingredients for Potato Soup:
- Olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 6 medium-large potatoes, unpeeled and cubed
- 1 cup corn
- 1 can coconut milk (can use “lite” version, if watching fat intake)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons lemon grass, cut up and chopped in the blender or with a mortar and pestle
- 4 tablespoons sugar (or more depending on your personal taste)
- 2 tsp. Thai green curry paste (available in the international aisle of larger groceries and in Asian markets) – the more you add, the spicier it becomes
Directions for making Potato Soup:
Put enough olive oil in the bottom of a large pot (enough so that the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper can cook without sticking). Cook on medium heat until the onion is limp.
Add the potatoes, corn, coconut milk, chicken broth, lemon grass, sugar, and curry paste. Stir together over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to simmer. Simmer for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are thoroughly cooked.
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