Spring can be a good time for making fresh starts. Recently I came upon a recipe for a Moroccan soup in Wild Rose’s Detox Cookbook that I modified for my own gluten-free, dairy free, all-kinds-of-restrictions diet. The result was yummy.
I’ve included the resulting recipe below.
Millet keeps the recipe definitely gluten free, plus shortens the prep time significantly. I didn’t have any so I used my Power Grains, which tasted fantastic in this recipe. If using the power grains, plan to soak in advance. They contain oats so celiacs must exercise caution.
2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup (250 ml) celery, diced
1 cup (250 ml) yam, peeled and diced
1 cup (250 ml) cooked or canned adzuki beans <em>(you could use any type of bean; these are simply highly digestible)
1/2 cup (125 ml) Highwood Crossing Organic Power Grains (which have been soaked in water 4 cups of water for at least four hours, or use millet that doesn’t need to soak for guaranteed gluten-free)
3 whole cloves
1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) ground cumin
1/4 tsp (1 ml) tumeric
1/4 tsp (1 ml) nutmeg
3 lemon slices (preferably organic)
1 tsp (5 ml) sea salt (did you know that table salt contains a great deal of sugar to keep it free flowing?)
pinch ground black pepper
2 Tbsp (30 ml) cilantro, chopped
Saute’ onion, garlic, and celery in olive oil over medium heat or 5 minutes or until onion is soft.Add yams, adzuki beans, Power Grains and their soaking liquid, cloves, cumin, tumeric, nutmeg, lemon slices, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until yams and grains are cooked. Feel free to add more water if a thinner soup is desired.Add cilantro and serve.Interesting “flat tummy” tidbits from Flat Tummy Club:
- Adzuki ‘weight loss’ beans are high in fibre, protein and good carbohydrates. They are thought to draw ‘damp’ out of the body in Chinese medicine.
- Celery is also excellent for getting rid of any excess water in the body.
- So many of these spices are good for the digestion. You could also use Ras el Hanout which is a Morrocan mix you can find in supermarkets and handily contains a few flat tummy spices, including turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cayenne.