One of the best ways to prevent, manage, or reverse chronic disease and other illness is to cook our own food. That may sound overly simplistic, but research shows that people who cook their meals:
eat healthier- more fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole foods, etc. (and significantly less salty, sugary, ultra-processed foods)
experience improved health (stabilized blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, energy, etc.)
It turns out that cooking our own food is one of the best things we can do for our well-being.
Cooking is medicine, and it does not have to be a time consuming chore.
Nor does eating well have to be a dutiful but passionless parade of “twigs and bark.”
One of the easiest and most satisfying ways to eat well and save time and money is the magical “one pot wonder.”
These one pot recipes save time in preparation, clean up, and if you make a large batch to have leftovers- they save cooking time another day when all you have to do is reheat a meal, plop yourself down, and savor your handiwork. And you’ll be saving money at the same time. Win- win- win.
Over the next several weeks, we'll be celebrating one of these one-pot meals each week.
And what better one-pot meal than soup! Soups are a great way to pack in those vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nutritious broths, etc. that really fuel a healthy body and help heal chronic disease. You can get a copy of these 5 Week Night One Pot recipes free, here.
Today, we're starting with Carrot Soup—a super simple, easy, tasty, and nourishing soup that's quick to make.
This soup starts off boiling whole or large chunks of carrots until they're soft, then pureeing the soup into a satisfying and unique dish.
By cooking carrots whole and pureeing them afterwards, you are locking in both taste and nutrients, while boiling carrots makes nutrients like carotenoids, such as the beta carotene in carrots, more readily available (as opposed to raw).
Try it out, and let me know how it goes!
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