My friends, if you’re looking for something dull and boring, keep on movin’. Because this soup right here is anything but — it’s zesty, hearty, soul-warming, AND even good for you. Not to mention: easy, peasy! Does it get better than that? A satisfying guilt-free dinner? Nuh-uh. No way.
So the sous chef totally has me into Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian flavors and spices right now – which by the way, are *so* perfect for the winter! It’s been exactly 5 degrees outside most evenings, and the heating system in our house is working overtime, to say the least. So I’m strategically rotating the sous chef [at night], our 110 lb. dog [on the couch], and this soup [during dinner, of course] as my personal heaters until this crazy cold blast pasts.
And this soup works wonders — it’s packed with incredible flavors: ground cumin, turmeric, curry powder, ginger, and a dash or two of cinnamon = all the cozy feels, forreal. And since this is of course a slow cooker recipe, toss everything into that big beautiful magical pot of yours and voila, a healthy, delicious dinner ready in no time flat. Well, 8 hours — but 8 hours of you doing anything but cooking!
PRO-TIP ALERT! You should totally freeze whatever leftovers you have – that is, assuming you have any ounce of self-control not to lick the slow cooker clean – and keep this in your arsenal for busy weeknights that you just don’t have time to cook. It happens. We’re human. And when you re-heat this beauteous soup, you will not be disappointed.
Quick aside for those of you curious about the health benefits of this soup [the list of potential benefits is seriously endless]: sweet potatoes: high in vitamin A, beta-carotene, antioxidants; kale: high in fiber, good for digestive tract, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin K; turmeric: increases antioxidant capacity of the body, contains medicinal properties, improves brain function; ginger: shown to reduce nausea and muscle soreness, lowers blood sugar and risk for heart-related diseases; cumin: regulates digestion, can prevent diabetes and bronchial diseases, and can decrease cognitive disorders; cinnamon: high source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, protects heart health, may lower cancer risk [among about 50 others altogether!]
With that, you’ve earned a glass of wine or three. Cheers!