You’d never guess that this orange and red pepper soup recipe contains absolutely no dairy! Healthy and flavorful, it’s a wonderful option for lunch or dinner. 172 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Have you ever cut certain things out of your diet, only to discover that you have more energy, sleep like a baby and just generally feel better? For most of us, choosing to cut out sugar, dairy or gluten is a luxury, not a necessity. For Amie Valpone, known as The Healthy Apple in the food blogging world and author of the new book, Eating Clean, it was a matter of life and death.
Amie was living the mid-twenties life of a marketing professional in New York City when she started to experience symptoms that baffled doctors. Receiving incorrect diagnoses of leukemia, hypothyroidism and more, she was put on various medications and directed to eat more grains, more meat, more milk, all leading to a drastic spiral downwards that landed her in the hospital with 24 hours to live.
Amie’s story is astonishing, horrifying and inspiring all at the same time, and she outlines her journey in detail in her book. Through a doctor who looked beyond the standard tests and a good deal of personal research, Amie eventually realized that her body needed something more than standard medications. She needed an overhaul to her diet and way of life.
It’s not that Amie had been an unhealthy eater before, but she was consuming things that increased inflammation and toxicity in her body to dangerous levels. Something needed to change.
Eating Clean starts with Amie’s story, but quickly moves into her 21-day plan for fighting inflammation; priceless tips for cleaning up your fridge, pantry and diet (and more); tips on eating out; a 2-week meal plan; and countless recipes using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Throughout the book, Amie’s personality and passion for healthful living practically radiates from the pages.
This book is more than just a cookbook. Whether or not you feel that you suffer from inflammation issues, I guarantee that you will find priceless information in this book that will guide you towards a healthier lifestyle. And the recipes…well, really, that’s reason enough to buy this book!
This flavorful, creamy bell pepper soup is straight from the pages of Eating Clean (posted with Amie’s permission), and embodies the fresh, healthy recipes that you’ll find in this book. Creamy without the cream, chockfull of vitamins (I felt as though the antioxidants were practically leaping from the bowl) and a wonderful way to highlight the naturally sweet bell peppers.
Golden Red & Orange Bell Pepper Soup Recipe
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 small onion diced
- 2 medium carrots peeled and diced
- 1 celery stalk diced
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste*
- 8 yellow red and/or orange bell peppers, chopped
- 1 large sweet potato peeled and chopped
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 3 teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
- 1 recipe Gluten-Free Herbed Croutons for garnish (from Amie's book)**
- sliced avocado for garnish; optional**
- finely chopped fresh cilantro for garnish; optional**
- drizzle Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce for garnish; optional (from Amie's book)**
- In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.
- Add the bell peppers and cook until soft,about 6 minutes.
- Add the sweet potatoes and broth. Season with salt and black pepper, cover the pot,
- and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add the marjoram. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Let the soup cool slightly, and then, in batches, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. If needed, thin the soup with water. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if necessary. Return the soup to the pot to keep warm until serving. Serve garnished with the Herbed Croutons and, if desired, the avocado and cilantro on top and Seriously Sensational Sriracha Sauce on the side.
** These items are not included in the nutritional data.
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