Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

“When you’re in need of warming comfort food, but you also want healthy, this Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice is just the soup to make. All made in just ONE pot in less than an hour, and using good-for-us ingredients like sweet potatoes, red lentils, warming spices, and creamy coconut milk, it’s cozy, a little spicy, and filled with vegetables.” -Tieghan, Half Baked Harvest

Although we may be thinking longingly of salads, soups are just so practical right now in the current climate where we’re looking for recipes we can make it bulk using simple storecupboard ingredients. Not only is this hearty soup wonderfully filling and nutritious, but it also contains lots of ingredients that help to promote brain health, which is especially beneficial during isolation when we all need a bit more brain juice!

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 6

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

(Servings: 6)

  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 0.083333333333333 0.083333333333333 yellow onion, chopped
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 cloves garlic, minced
  • 0.33333333333333 0.33333333333333 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 Tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 0.083333333333333 0.083333333333333 tsp cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
  • 158.33333333333 158.33333333333 ml low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 25 25 g dried red lentils
  • pinch of salt
  • 0.16666666666667 0.16666666666667 can coconut milk
  • 75 75 g spinach
  • 83.333333333333 83.333333333333 g cooked basmati rice
  • 2.5 2.5 g fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for serving

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook 5 minutes until soft. Add the ginger, garlic, and sweet potatoes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cayenne and cook another minute.
  2. Add the broth and lentils. Season generously with salt. Bring the mix to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes, until the lentils are soft and the sweet potatoes tender.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk and spinach, cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro.
  4. To serve, divide the rice among bowls and ladle the soup overtop. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Naan on the side. Enjoy!

 

Why is it good for my brain?

Sweet Potatoes are a great source of soluble fibre, which is good news for your guts (which is good news for your brain by proxy), as well as anthocyanins, which could help to improve learning and memory. The MCTs in coconut encourage your body to make ketones, which can help to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

 

Lentils are a great source of both iron and folic acid so you know they’re feeding your brain what it needs!

 

Brain health and wellness start-up Heights have compiled some great recipes backed by leading brain health dietician Sophie Medlin that help promote brain health, especially during isolation when we all need a bit more brain juice!

 

For more information, please visit www.yourheights.com

Written by

Tieghan Gerard

www.halfbakedharvest.com

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