After a recent conversation in the back office with our IT specialist Dean, we were inspired to try out one of his favourite soups from childhood, Fasolada. Fasolada has its origins in Greece as a soup made of beans (and sometimes meat) with a few vegetables, lemon and olive oil. There are many variations of the recipe across Greece and after a little experimentation by Kym (our stock manager and lover of anything beans) we have a recipe that is certifiably blog grade. Don’t be put off by the amount of ingredients as this is actually a very easy soup to make.
Thank you Dean for the inspiration and Kym for your cooking efforts.
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Eating a diet rich in wholefoods offers so many benefits not only with our physical & mental health, but also the health of the environment we live in.
You can’t go past this soup for a tummy warmer in winter. With delicious warming spices, creamy sweet potato & carrot and wholesome chickpeas, this is a recipe for the whole family and so simple to make. Enjoy.
Serving Size: Serves 4-6
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large brown onion (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
- 600g orange sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 500g carrots (peeled and diced)
- 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock (depending on your preference)
- 1/2 cup chickpeas (soaked and cooked) OR 1 x 300g tin organic chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 small lemon rind
- In a large saucepan, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes stirring often.
- Add the coriander, cumin and chilli spices and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add the cooked chickpeas and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Blend the soup in batches until smooth, then return to the saucepan on low to medium heat. Stir in the lemon rind and season with salt and pepper (do not boil), then serve piping hot garnished with fresh parsley and coriander.
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A wholefoods way of living supports us in so many ways, and in a time where we are witnessing much environmental and resource depletion it is certainly showing us there is a need to take more care with our food choices and our environment. By choosing wholefoods over processed foods we can all individually contribute to minimising the damage to our planet as well as strengthen our connection to our food and to our bodies.
In a world where allergies, anxiety and attention disorders are sky-rocketing in our kids, there is much to be said about eating a wholefoods diet and its role in the prevention and treatment of these conditions. It is also a great way to educate children, and bring more fun into eating for them as they explore the different textures, tastes and shapes of natural wholefoods.