It’s soup season! This is a hearty soup inspired by Indonesian gado gado sauce is fragrant and spicy with ginger and cayenne, rich with peanut butter, nutritionally packed with cabbage, sweet potatoes and sprouts. It’s a perfect meal for YUMMY AGERS. See YUMMY AGING benefits below.
INDONESIAN SWEET POTATO & CABBAGE SOUP
1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger root
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
½ teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 ½ cups chopped onion
½ teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups shredded or chopped cabbage
2 ½ cups diced sweet potatoes
1 quart vegetable broth (cubes or powder)
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tamari
2 cups bean sprouts
For garnish – chopped cilantro, sliced scallions, chopped mint and/or Thai basil
(optional) ½ teaspoon dried chilies
In a soup pot on medium heat, cook the ginger, garlic and cayenne in oil for a minute before adding the onions and salt. Cover and cook, stirring often, until the onions soften, about 5 minutes.
Stir in cabbage and sweet potatoes. Add 3 ½ cups of broth. Cover and increase heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
In a bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and remaining ½ cup of broth until smooth. Add peanut butter mixture to soup with tomatoes and tamari. Simmer uncovered until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Serve each bowl topped with bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, mint and/or basil.
*I sprinkle dried chilies on top—may be too much for some palates!
YUMMY AGING BENEFITS
Coconut oil-increases energy and help burn fat, contains lauric acid which kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, improves blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, can improve moisture and lipid content of skin, fatty acids boost brain function.
Sweet potatoes-high in Vitamin B6 helps reduce homocysteine in blood linked with degenerative diseases and heart attacks, high Vitamin C helps skin maintain youthful elasticity, Vitamin D supports healthy bones, nerves, skin and teeth, contains beta carotene that helps prevent sun damage leading to lines and wrinkles.
Cabbage-full of Vitamin K helps brain function, contains keratin a beautifier for hair, nails, skin, helps detoxify body also anti inflammatory and blood sugar regulator.
Garlic-helps control weight can reduce blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, supports bone and brain health.
Bean Sprouts – has 100X more enzymes than cooked fruit and vegetables ensures every body process works more efficiently.
Chili peppers/cayenne – reduces LDL cholesterol levels, required for collagen synthesis and the maintenance of healthy skin, organs and bones.