Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder

One of our favorite parts about the cool winter months is curling up with a bowl of hearty soup… and we just stumbled across a recipe for a GREAT one; Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder! This tasty soup has so much to offer your skin. We’ve already raved to you about the skin benefits of sweet potatoes, but now we get to tell you a bit about kale! This nutritional powerhouse has Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin (a pigment that protects your skin from the sun), and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth, including the cells that make up the dermis and epidermis of your skin! We can’t wait to DIG IN!

 

sweet potato kale corn chowder

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes

2 shallots, diced

1 medium leek, cleaned and sliced (round)

1 bunch of curly kale, chopped

3 cups of frozen or fresh corn

3 cloves of garlic

3 cups of low sodium vegetable broth

3 cups of water (more to preference)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Instructions:

In large, heavy bottomed soup pan sauté diced shallots and coconut oil over medium/low heat until softened.

 

Add garlic, sweet potatoes, sea salt, pepper, cinnamon and sauté an additional minute.

 

Add vegetable broth and water, cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.  Add leeks and cook an additional two minute.

 

Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a standing blender) to rough puree the soup.

 

Add kale, corn and cook until kale is softened.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve hot!  Enjoy!

 

Source: A House In The Hills

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

It’s winter and we are warming our bellies with comfort foods….like soup! We found a creamy, delicious, and nutritious recipe for Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup that we just had to pass along.  This soup offers a beta-carotene double dose, which means that by eating this soup you will be helping your skin combat free radicals which can result in skin aging! So cozy up to a big bowl of orange goodness. You’ll be glowing in no time, inside and out!

creamy carrot and sweet potato soup recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 3/4 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 1/2 cups water
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups chopped carrot (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

 

Instructions:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Move onion mixture to side of pan; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to open space in pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, 3 1/2 cups water, broth, and carrot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

 

Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture. Stir in half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream and 3/4 teaspoon parsley.

 

Source: My Recipes

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Pureed White Bean Soup

White beans are high in Magnesium… and Magnesium is super important for keeping your skin healthy! Here’s the skinny: Magnesium is an anti-allergen that can help to protect skin from rashes that are caused by allergies. In addition, Magnesium can also help to heal damaged skin cells!  So when we found this delicious recipe for Pureed White Bean Soup we knew you’d need it just as much as we did. Cool weather is around the corner, so get cozy with a bowl of this soup and let your body (and skin) soak up all the nutritional benefits!

 

pureed white bean soup

Ingredients:

For Roasted Tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups cherry tomatoes

 

For White Bean Soup

6 slices bacon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 19-oz (540 mL) can white beans (navy or cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
3 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp minced chives, optional

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss cherry tomatoes with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast about 30 minutes, until wilted and caramelized.
Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then crumble.
Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in white beans and broth; bring to a simmer.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or by transferring it in batches to a regular blender. Season well with salt and pepper.
Serve topped with roasted tomatoes, crumbled bacon and minced chives.

 

Source: Foodess