- Megan Bingham
A soup cleanse is a modern alternative for expelling antioxidants from your body. In Nicole Centeno’s Soup Cleanse Cookbook: Embrace a Better Body and a Healthier You With the Weekly Soup Plan, you can establish a meal plan yourself with delicious and nutritious soup recipes that are all plant-based.
Centeno divides her recipes into five different categories: purèes, beans and lentils, sweeter spoonfuls, restorative stews, and restorative broths. Each recipe is labeled with it's nutritious purposes: energy, strength, weight loss, and general healing. Centeno also includes a special category for mom and baby. On page 45, she does suggest a “calendar” of her recipes, such as her Winter Root Vegetable Stew (page 147) in winter, Green Coconut Curry (page 158) for spring, Raw Native Corn with Basil (page 131) for summer, and Fall Ratatouille (page 153) for autumn.
Here is her recipe for Fall Ratatouille (page 153):
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds crushed or powdered
- 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped rosemary (or ½ teaspoon, dried)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- A dash of ground black pepper
- 2 cups of bite-size pieces of butternut squash
- 2 cups of water
- 4 tomatoes (3 cups chopped) or 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups of thinly sliced kale
- In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil.
- Cook onion, stir for 10 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in tomato paste, crushed cumin seeds (or powder), rosemary, salt and a dash of pepper. Cook two minutes.
- Stir in butternut squash and cook for 15 minutes.
- Add water and increase to high-—bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and add kale. Simmer for 25 minutess.
Centeno considers her Fall Ratatoullie recipe ideal for weight loss, detox, and general healing.
The Soup Cleanse Cookbook: Embrace a Better Body and a Healthier You With the Weekly Soup Plan is a wonderful cookbook with creative vegetarian suggestions and a smart way to add more veggies to your daily diet.
Photo Credit: Butternut Squash by Pixelbay, Free Domain