Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup
This is a beautiful and simple recipe that your Spleen and Stomach will love.
Sweet potato is good for the entire body but in particular the Spleen, Stomach and Kidneys. It removes cold and stagnant energy (Qi) whilst helping to gently build Qi and Blood. Especially good to balance out the intestines as it is good for both diarrhea and constipation. Sweet potato also contains very high levels of antioxidant and unique proteins. It is high in Vitamins A, C, B6 and Minerals: potassium, copper, manganese, calcium and iron.
Onions are excellent to treat damp conditions as they are pungent (Lung) and sweet (Spleen) and move both Qi and Blood. Like garlic, onions should be used sparingly as they are a very strong food and can cause mental confusion if there is already too much heat in the body.
Garlic is a strong warming food that is especially helpful if you feel the cold. Anti-viral and anti-fungal, it is excellent to boost the Qi and circulation. As with onion, garlic should be used carefully and avoided if there is already too much heat in the body.
Lentils are fantastic for the Kidneys and Heart. They improve circulation, calm the mind and strengthen the Spleen and Stomach
- 1 cup of dried red lentils
- 300 grams (one medium) sweet potato finely chopped
- 5 cups of vegetable stock
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 1 brown onion finely diced
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic, onion salt and pepper and cook until the onion is translucent. Add the lentils to the cooked mixture and then add the stock. Bring to the boil stirring well then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft. At this stage you can blend the soup for a smooth consistency or choose to leave it with more texture.
Serve with crusty bread and ENJOY!