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Butternut + Lemon Soup (Recipe of the Month)

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

You may have eaten your way through the holidays. Maybe you had the best willpower ever and just love you some soup. Here's a yummy winter soup recipe that will delight your taste buds with the warm flavors of cumin and coriander, ready to fill you up without weighing you down.


Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 6

Revised from a Real Simple recipe.


We've not yet hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon (it's on the wish list), so this is an old-fashioned cook it on the stove top until it's done recipe. But - if you're all about that 'pot, check out our post for ideas on converting recipes for use in that sa-weet Instant Pot of yours.


Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 tsp. finely chopped ginger

  • 2 tsp. harissa

  • 1-2 drops Coriander Vitality essential oil

  • 1-2 drops Cumin Vitality essential oil

  • 1 tsp. ground tumeric

  • 1 tsp. kosher or Himalayan pink salt

  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (for an extra punch, replace with 1 drop Black Pepper Vitality essential oil)

  • 2 qt. vegetable stock (broth would be fine here, too)

  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash

  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils

  • 3 medium carrots chopped

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (for a detoxing aid, replace a Tbsp. of juice with 3 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil).


Instructions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, cooking onion and garlic until tender and it begins to caramelize (stir often). Add ginger, harissa, dry spices and salt while you stir, cooking for about 2 minutes.


Add broth, squash, lentils, and carrots and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, simmering until the lentils are tender. Transfer batches to a blender (or use an immersion blender if you fancy like that) being sure to remove the center of the lid to allow steam to escape. (You can place a towel over the hole to keep from splashing hot chunks all over.) Process until smooth. Return soup to its pot and add in essential oils and lemon juice.


Serve with toasted pita and plain Greek yogurt and play with different topping options, like sliced almonds, pepitas, feta cheese, and parsley.


Coriander Vitality essential oil has a fresh, spicy, slightly sweet flavor, enhancing cuisines from all over the world. Cumin VItality delivers powerful antioxidants when taken internally. It also supports oral health when used as a mouth rinse (simply add a drop to your Thieves Mouthwash or a spoonful of coconut oil and swish for 30 seconds). May support digestion and the immune system, too!



Cumin Vitality essential oil is an internal cleansing superstar, supporting your body’s most important detoxifying organs (like the liver, kidneys, and digestive system). Toasted, spicy, and earthy, it’s also an international cuisine fan favorite. Plus, taking Cumin Vitality can also help ease digestive discomfort.



Harissa is a North African hot chili pepper paste made from roasted red peppers, either Baklouti or Serrano peppers, spices and herbs such as garlic paste, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, cumin. The olive oil in this paste acts as a carrier oil for the oil-soluble flavors.



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