How to Make Potato Leek Soup with Fennel Seeds & Red Pepper Flakes
COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES
1. Heat 4 cups of water on high. Meanwhile, peel and chop potatoes into approximately 1 inch cubes. Add to the water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, slice the leeks.
How Can Potato Leek Soup with Fennel Seeds & Red Pepper Flakes Make You Feel Great?
Dairy-Free Creamy SoupCream based soups are a decadent dish that frequently leave upset tummies- not so in this case. Blended potatoes with just the right amount of sunflower oil create a base that is just as smooth and nourishing as those filled with heavy cream. This lighter style soup will have you feeling calm, nourished, and (here's the kicker...) gas free!
Easy to Digest for AllPotatoes, un-remedied by spices and cooking, cause gas and weight gain. They are naturally astringent, a unique quality among starches. Potatoes are also soothing and demulcent, making them useful for cooling inflammation in the GI tract. Potatoes alone can provoke Vata because of their astringency. Making a creamy soup (Vata's most beloved preparation) and adding warm spices like fennel helps Vata feel calm and symptom free.
Sweet and stimulating, fennel possesses a unique combination of warming and cooling qualities that stimulate the appetite before meals and facilitate digestion afterward. Ate a little too much and feel bloated? Was the food a tad too spicy? Fennel relieves gas and bloating; it also functions to reduce burping, acid reflux, and alleviate nausea and indigestion. Fennel improves the digestive fire (agni) by stimulating blood flow to the stomach.
Improved CirculationFeel warm and relaxed thanks to Potato Leek Soups spice mixture. Pungent red and black peppers stimulate the heart to improve circulation via vasodilation. They destroy mucous in the digestive tract and sinuses. Black pepper is a carminative (expels gas) and warms cold Vata digestion. Red pepper flakes take the heat to a whole new level- they are very hot and pungent! Alone, they are too intense for most Vata and Pitta people. However, combined with cool potatoes and fennel, red pepper adds welcome heat and excitement! If you find red pepper flakes to cause you to sweat profusely or feel jittery, use black pepper and ginger instead.
Relaxed MusclesThe very nature of soup is to give soothing relaxation to your mind, muscles, and digestion. The addition of fennel intensifies this effect. Like many aromatic herbs, fennel is effective in relaxing smooth muscle spasms. It specifically relieves bronchial spasms in the lungs, colic in the GI tract and uterine cramping, thereby helping with diverse conditions from asthma to menstrual cramps. Simply adding it to your food can bring sweet relief, making Potato Leek Soup a diverse remedy.
Discovered by Chef Mark Reinfled of Blossoming Lotus, HI (https://www.blossominglotus.com)
Reported by Alana Greenberg, an Ayurvedic Student from Santa Fe, NM.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Potato Leek Soup with Fennel Seeds & Red Pepper Flakes Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestive.
STOMACHICAn herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
Energy Vitality Strength:
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
Lung and Sinus:
DECONGESTANTAn herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
GALACTAGOGUEIncreases production of breast milk.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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