Gut-healing Minestrone Soup
Gut-healing is one the minds of many as the number of digestive issues rise worldwide so if you’re here reading this blog, this is probably something that you’re interested to know more about…
Soups are definitely something that should be consumed more of in these cooler seasons, not just for their healthy, nutritious benefits but also for how they can warm up our bodies and make us feel in a sense, more whole.
I love that you can pretty much make any soup recipe a healing, super food experience! When we understand what a soup needs to make it whole and truly nourishing it can be transformed from basic to next level. We do this by adding in certain healthy fats and protein but not in the form that some may be accustomed to…
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with many different gut-healing recipes (which I find fun and also frustrating) to help others who have sensitive tummy issues or who are trying to help heal their gut lining. I too have suffered with digestive issues in the past (IBS to be specific) and if I don’t manage my stress or I eat foods that are irritating, I suffer an attack.
Part of my journey I believe is to continually heal myself but also to teach others what I have learned and this is a big part of what drives me in what I do. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to help others and compassion which allows me to understand what others are going through. Nothing lights me up more than inspiring others to find greater health, vitality and happiness!
Today I want to share with you a recipe I’ve been tweaking this year… It’s a hearty soup that won’t have you feeling heavy in the tummy (like the original versions may?). It is quite different from the version you might know but give it a chance because it’s sure not to disappoint!
Many people also wish to learn how they can better incorporate the Perfect Supplements products (such as the Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen) into their diet so it gives me great pleasure to show the many different ways as you’l see throughout our blog, social media, newsletters, eBooks and Free App (links to app at bottom of this blog).
Gut-healing Minestrone Soup
- 2 tins tomatoes (try to go for BPA-free tins)
- 1 brown onion*
- 1 large carrot*
- 1 zucchini*
- Green beans* – handful
- 1 celery stick
- Tin butter/cannellini beans (try to go for BPA-free tins)
- 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1 red capsicum*
- Flat parsley*
- 2 bay leaves
- Tomato paste 1 tbsp
- Organic quinoa 1/2 soaked overnight
- 4-6 cups of filtered water
- Perfect Hydrolyzed collagen powder 2 scoops
- Himalayan salt
- Coconut oil /sunflower oil for frying
- 1/2 lemon
- Hemp or avocado oil 1 tbsp (for the good fat element)
*Try to use organic ingredients where possible for maximum health benefits and disease-prevention
*if you have a sensitive tummy, it’s crucial to activate the quinoa! Being someone who has IBS myself, if I eat quinoa that hasn’t been activated it can set me right off! This cannot be stressed enough. If you still have an issue with quinoa after activating the perhaps try buckwheat instead?
- Soak your quinoa the night before and add a little lemon juice to help activate it
- The following day, the first step will be to peel and chop your veggies
- Start by gently frying off the onion until softened and then add the garlic and harder veggies (carrot, celery and capsicum)
- Add in your tomato paste and let this fry off a little bit, followed by the tinned tomatoes, water, bay leaves and rinsed quinoa and let this simmer gently for about 25 mins
- Add in your green beans (cut into roughly 3-4cm batons), diced zucchini and then add in also your white beans
- Once this has been simmering very gently for about 40 mins and you are ready to serve it up, you will need to get your collagen ready
- I do this by taking out a few scoops of the soup liquid and either adding this to a blender or a jug and whizzing with 1-2 scoops of the Perfect Hydrolyzed collagen until smooth
- Add in the whizzed up collagen, this will ensure nice and smooth with no lumps
- Serve in your favourite bowl with some chopped parsley on top, a drizzle of your chosen oil and a sprig to garnish!