The temperatures have been delving well into the negative digits where I live, so on days and nights like that the only way to get warm is from the inside out. And thus, this bisque was born. Sweet potatoes pack a nutritional wallop as they contain more beta carotene than most of their orange-hued counterparts. They're also rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as the mineral manganese, which promotes healthy bone structure and metabolism, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of thyroid and sex hormones, regulation of blood sugar levels, and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Think thin!
This soup is warm, sweet, and spicy, and has that unmistakable aromatic flavor of lemongrass. Lemongrass essential oil is known for its antibacterial, anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects, and is great for the digestive system.
Sweet potato and lemongrass essential oil are a powerful duo which fight back against internal inflammation while promoting healthy tissue regeneration, so grab a spoon and enjoy!
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 inches piece gingerroot, peeled and minced
1 jalapeño pepper, deseeded and minced
4 garlic cloves, minced (I just smash it with the broad side of a knife or use a garlic press)
3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices
6 cups vegetable broth (this makes a thick soup, use 7 cups if you like it thinner)
2 stalks lemongrass, outer dry leaves removed and bulb-like base crushed (again, the broad side of a knife works wonderfully here)
7 ounces coconut milk
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1-2 drops lemongrass essential oil
In large, heavy soup pot, heat the oil medium-hot and sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the ginger, jalapeno, and garlic and sauté 2 minutes-ish more.
Add the sweet potatoes and broth. It should be just enough broth to cover the sweet potatoes.
Tie the lemongrass stalks together with string and put the bulb/base ends into the soup.
Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the potatoes break apart, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Discard the lemongrass stalks. Puree the soup (using an immersion blender or in batches in your blender) and return to pot.
*Optional for Fussy Diners: Strain the soup through a fine sieve (I omitted this step).
Stir in the coconut milk and 1-2 drops lemongrass essential oil. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a drizzle of coconut milk for pretty. Serve and enjoy!
*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.
*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!
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Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Lemongrass Essential Oil: Lemongrass essential Oil is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and sedative. It can be used to relieve stress. Its sweet, citrus scent is excellent to help restore and balance the emotions and boosting mental acuity. See here for more information about doTerra essential oils.
Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Onion: Like garlic, onions are high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. They are a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, fiber, and manganese. They help protect our blood, bone, and connective tissue. See here for other health benefits and nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.
Yams/Sweet Potatoes: A great source of Vitamin B-6, potassium (a mineral that helps to control blood pressure), and manganese. According to Chinese herbal medicine, yams also support kidney function and the female endocrine system. The yam’s composition of complex carbohydrates and fiber make them a great food for maintaining steady blood sugar while helping you feel fuller for longer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.