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Winter Warming Vibrant Violet Soup

Jan 13, 2024

Winter Warming Vibrant Violet Soup

Winter Warming Vibrant Violet Soup

This winter warming vibrant violet soup is on repeat in our home right now. With the wild rice and other amazing veggies in it, we feel nourished everytime we eat it.

Ever find yourself puzzled over what fresh produce to pick and how to make the most of it? πŸ€” While wandering through the central coast of California farmer’s market this week, I realized a common challenge many of us face: understanding what’s in season and how to use these ingredients creatively.

Seasonal Markets are Amazing for Community

Currently the markets are overflowing with rich green hues and purple vegetables was just waiting for me to jump in and explore more. I love to come home and explore the colors and feel nourished by everything. It is so lovely to have such a great blend of hues and textures.

Eating a Vibrant Bowl of Soup Warmed Me From the Inside Out

As a cook, I’ve learned to harness the power of these seasonal treasures. Imagine transforming your evening by coming home to a warm bowl of soup that has been cooking through the day in your Instapot.

In the serene embrace of winter, our bodies and minds often seek comfort and nourishment, a need beautifully met by nature’s vivid bounty of anthocyanin-rich foods.

Anthocyanins Have a Natural Glow to Them

Anthocyanins, the remarkable pigments that paint our plates with shades of red, purple, and blue, are more than mere splashes of color; they are potent allies in our quest for health and wellbeing during the colder months. The value of anthocyanins, especially in winter, is rooted in their powerful antioxidant properties.

These natural compounds are adept at scavenging harmful free radicals in the body, thus reducing oxidative stress, a key factor in the onset of chronic diseases.

Violet Vegan Plant Based Soup Winter Warmer

As highlighted by Hair and colleagues (2021), anthocyanins are though to significantly hinder the progression of certain infections, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and age-related degenerative diseases. This protective effect is particularly crucial in winter, when our bodies are more susceptible to infections and inflammation.

The presence of anthocyanins in our winter diet is a testament to nature’s wisdom. It’s a gentle reminder that even as the world around us turns grey and cold, our plates can still blossom with vibrant colors and life-giving nutrients. By embracing these natural gifts, we nourish not just our bodies, but also our spirits, finding warmth and wellness in the chill of winter.

References

Hair R, Sakaki JR, Chun OK. Anthocyanins, Microbiome and Health Benefits in Aging. Molecules. 2021 Jan 21;26(3):537. doi: 10.3390/molecules26030537. PMID: 33494165; PMCID: PMC7864342.

Al-Farsi, M., Alasalvar, C., Morris, A., Baron, M., & Shahidi, F. (2005). Comparison of antioxidant activity, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and phenolics of three native fresh and sun-dried date (Phoenix dactylifera L.) varieties grown in Oman. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53(19), 7592-7599. doi: 10.1021/jf050579q

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Violet Vegan Plant Based Soup Winter Warmer

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What is in Season?

Violet Vegan Plant Based Soup Winter Warmer

Here are some delights from our recent visit to the farmer’s market that I made this bowl with. It was a spectacular visit to the farmer’s market. We are most definitely very lucky here in California to have a nearly year-round growing season. There is an abundance that flows through each market cycle that makes it very inspiring to be in the kitchen. I am delighted to know that there are many seasons to come with a lot of variety in each one to explore and be inspired by.

By incorporating anthocyanin-rich foods like berries, red onions, and dark leafy greens into our winter diets, we not only add vibrancy to our meals but also provide our bodies with the necessary tools to combat seasonal ailments.

Recipe: Winter Warmer: Vibrant Violet Soup

Violet Vegan Plant Based Soup Winter Warmer

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Vibrant Violet Winter Soup | Easy Plant-Based Recipe


  • Author: Dr. Siri Chand
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Welcome to the plant-forward kitchen! Today, we’re whipping up a stunning and nutritious Violet Plant-Based Vegetable Winter Soup. Packed with a rainbow of purple and red veggies, this soup is not only a treat for the eyes but also a delight for your taste buds and packed with beneficial nutrients.Β 


Ingredients

Units Scale

Vegetables 3 cups totalΒ 

  • Broccoli
  • Red cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Spring onion
  • Kale
  • Purple sweet potato
  • Purple cauliflower
  • Purple radish

For the Broth:

  • Cumin 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander 1/2 tsp
  • Pink peppercorns 1/2 tsp
  • Porcini mushroom powder
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Dried mushrooms 2-3
  • Cardamom pod – 1 -3 crushed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup wild rice (can add more)

For Finishing:

β€’ Salt and pepper to taste

β€’ Freshly cut watermelon radish

β€’ Olive oil


Instructions

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Broth:

    • In your Instant Pot, combine cumin, coriander, pink peppercorns, porcini mushroom powder, a bay leaf, and dried mushrooms with water.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil.
    • Allow it to cook for 20 minutes.
    • After 20 minutes, remove the bay leaf and the peppercorn-mushroom powder combo.
  2. Add the Vegetables:

    • Chop your selected vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
    • Add them to the broth in the Instant Pot.
    • Cook on medium heat. The duration depends on how soft you prefer your vegetables (typically around 15-30 minutes).
  3. Final Touches:

    • Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking, season the soup with salt and pepper.
    • Serve the soup in bowls.
    • Garnish each bowl with freshly cut watermelon radish and a drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

  • Feel free to adjust the quantities and types of vegetables based on preference and availability.
  • The soup’s vibrant violet color comes from the purple and red vegetables, making it not only nutritious but also visually appealing.
  • This recipe is versatile, so feel free to experiment with different vegetable combinations and spice levels.
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Category: Vegan
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Violet, Vegan, Fasting, Carotenoids, Soup, Winter

Next, just click on the “Instacart” shopping link in the recipe and the app will let you pick the store and provide as basis for the shopping and ingredient list. It has worked great for us.

ALSO…. if you select the pick up option which you can do on the way home from work, you will even have a small credit on your purchases for your next visit.

To sum up, if are a busy professional, look into Instacart as a way to eat healthier when your schedule is really busy as either a delivery or pick up option.

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Looking to make a positive change in your life and community? Dr. SiriChand is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has dedicated her career to promoting long-term vitality through the choices we make every day. She is an expert in Ayurveda and plant-based nutrition. She particularly works with physicians to explore how to create time for self-care. Take the first step towards a healthier, happier future, and contact Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa today. In conclusion, let’s create a better world together through mindful living. Study Ayurveda with Dr. Khalsa. Learn more here.

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