Sweet potato, wheatgrass and wild garlic, all have anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, so this is the perfect soup if you are feeling the cold or your immune system is sluggish after any winter bugs or illnesses.
Wild garlic is only available in the Spring, so if you want to make this soup at other times of the year, why not substitute it with a mixture of wild rockers and spinach.
You can also freeze this soup for later too!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 4 medium shallots (peeled and chopped finely)
- 1 medium (about 400g/14oz) sweet potato (peeled and diced)
- 700ml (1 ¼ pints) vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp Wheatgrass Juice or 1tsp wheatgrass power (optional)
- 4 tbsp natural creme fraiche or natural yogurt to serve (optional)
- 200g (7oz) young Wild Garlic leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat the sunflower oil in a medium saucepan over a low heat, add the shallots and a teaspoon of water and allow shallots to soften. Add the diced sweet potato and sauté for 5 minutes. Pour in the hot vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes until the sweet potato softens.
Meanwhile mix the wheatgrass juice or powder and the creme fraiche or natural yogurt together in a small bowl.
Remove the pan from heat. Pour mixture into a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Add the wild garlic leaves and blitz again until smooth. Season to taste. Pour into bowls and swirl one tablespoon of the creme fraiche or yogurt into each portion and serve.
According to Chinese Nutritional Therapy, Garlic is hot, sweet, salty, pungent, and it strengthens Yang. It also resolves Dampness and Phlegm, Eliminates Toxins, Disperses Wind.
Sweet Potato – Neutral, sweet. Cultivates Qi, Blood, Yin, Eliminates Toxins
Wheatgrass – Neutral, taste: sweet, salty, Cultivates Qi and Blood
This is an excellent soup to benefit the Chinese Liver (Gan)
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