Roasted Orange Soup

IT'S GETTING COLD OUTSIDE... TIME FOR SOUP!! 

I do love soup. It is so easy to make at home from fresh, whole foods.

This version is a thick, flavorful soup perfect for warming and nourishing the body. ranges are a winter season fruit and add a pop of flavor, vit c, and immunity to the meal.  Butternut squash lends a great amount of flavor and is extremely satisfying for being only roughly 60 calories per cup.  Squash is an excellent carbohydrate for those reducing their training load in the winter months. Ginger is spicy and assertive which lends lots of natural flavor.  It also  creates an anti-inflammatory environment and is calming for the gut. A calm gut is more efficient at digesting and utilizing nutrients. Using coconut oil in the roasting not only adds flavor, but a healthy fat component that keeps your body satisfied longer. The fat in coconut oil is also used a bit more like a carbohydrate and is used more efficiently by the body. Don't go overboard, it is still a fat and we should exercise moderation with all macronutrients. 

INGREDIENTS: 

+ 1 Butternut squash (skin & seeds removed, cut into chunks)
+ 4 Navel Oranges (cut into quarters)
+ 1 White onion (chunked) 
+ 4 carrots (chunked) 
+ 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
+ 1 can light coconut milk
+ 3 cloves Garlic
+ 1" fresh Turmeric
+ 1" fresh Ginger
+ Sea Salt (to taste) 
+ Chipotle Flakes ( to taste, I like it spicy)
+ 1/2 Tbsp Cumin Seeds
+ 3 cups Vegetable Broth or Water

INSTRUCTIONS:

Turn oven to 375. Put the cumin seeds, fruit and vegetables into a baking dish with the coconut oil. Let roast until tender ~60 minutes, stirring occasionally to coat all produce with the oil. Allow to cool slightly. Squeeze orange segments to get all the juice you can before removing them from the other vegetables and discarding. Add the roasted produce to a blender (or use a hand blender). Remember to be careful when blending hot items!  Do this in small batches, or let cool slightly before blending. Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth and blend until creamy. If you would like a thinner soup, use more liquid. For a thicker puree, reduce the liquid. Return the mixture to the stove top and heat until the soup is warmed through. While heating, stir in the seasonings to taste. 

ENJOY!

+ Make it Extra Special

Top with hemp seeds, sprouts, quinoa and extra chipotle flakes!