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Creamy Sweet Potato Ginger Soup (Vegan & Paleo Friendly)

  • Published on: 07 January, 2015
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016
Creamy Sweet Potato Ginger Soup - perfect winter remedy!

Creamy Sweet Potato Ginger Soup – perfect winter remedy!

Hello hello bloggy friends. Boy do I have a recipe for you today! Now, I’m not supposed to be blogging right now, because I’m on vacation in the mountains of New Hampshire…..

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However, this soup is far too delicious NOT to write about, so I’ll make this quick ๐Ÿ˜‰

Earlier today on Instagram I explained how I woke up with cramps today. WHAT?! The girl who drinks buckets of ginger tea every morning and hasn’t experienced menstrual pain in years!? Yup. Here’s what happened:

This month, for the first time, my menstrual cycle came EXACTLY on the full moon. It’s usually 1-5 days around the full moon, but it seems that I am finally in perfect sync with nature.

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I’m pretty sure this is because I’ve been waking up with the sun each morning and meditating with the moon every night, and haven’t been using technology all that much the past week. Can I just stay here forever?IMG_0312

When a woman bleeds with the full moon, this particular cycle enhances inner expression, intuition and the development of the inner, spiritual life. If a woman ovulates with the full moon instead and bleeds on the NEW moon, this gives her the best chance of physical fertility. I used to have the latter cycle with bleeding on the new moon (no thank you right now, fertility!) but as I’ve focused on spiritual/inner growth, my cycle has changed to reflect that. I can finally say I’m right on the full moon (and feeling more intuitive than ever!)

The past 2 weeks or so I have been fasting and parasite cleansing. Now, the full moon is perfect for cleansing, but the problem is that cleansing and menstruation do not mix.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the week before you period isย strictly reserved for building your yang (heat) and Qi. Why? So that your entire menses comes out of the body. If you are not yang enough and your blood is not ready to move with heat and power, it will a) clot; b) become toxic/stagnant; and c) go back into your body causing blockages, cysts and cramps! Before/during your cycle you should be warming the body intensively: absolutely no cold anything, raw veggies/fruits included. This is a time for soup, stew, and bone broth. No chocolate. No gluten. Ginger tea everysingle morning, several cups. I love fasting but I should have waited until after my cycle, especially because we are in New Hampshire where it’s freezing and snowing.

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The parasite herbs are very bitter, which means they are excellent at killing bugs, but VERY cooling to the body. Fasting itself (especially on raw juices which was a huge mistake in the winter) is extremely cooling as well. Although I switched to a brown rice fast, this was not enough to build yang. Alas, this morning I woke up with CRAMPS for the first time in years! Some of it was because I was passing parasites from the cleanse (parasites live in the uterus and contribute to cramps/PCOS), but the rest of it was because my body was WAY too yin (cold, deficient).

what my uterus feels like

what my uterus feels like

The perfect remedy for a yin body and menstrual cramps is warming soup! This creamy sweet potato ginger soup will get you all fixed up and melt the pain away. I adapted and health-i-fied it from allrecipes.com.

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds peeled raw sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, cut into large dice
1 tablespoon organic grass-fed ghee (or coconut oil to make this vegan)
1 pinch coconut sugar
3 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups organic chicken broth (veg broth for vegan)
1 can coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Garnish: chopped honey-roasted peanuts

 

Directions:

 

1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until simmering.
2. Add sweet potatoes, then onion; saute, stirring very little at first, then more frequently, until vegetables start to turn golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color (about 10 minutes longer).
4. Add ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
5. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
6. Using a blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Vent it either by removing the lid’s pop-out center or by lifting one edge of the lid).
7. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough coconut milk so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve. ENJOY! xx

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8 Comments

Dee

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I made this soup tonight. Its a keeper. Loved it. My kids loved it. I will make this one again and again. Thank you for sharing. I landed for the 1st time on your site today. I like the info your sharing.

Natalia Almanzar

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Thank You for this recipe. I love it!!!!!

mz

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That’s cool you switched your cycle to full moon the same time as me! Mine seems to switch in the summer and winter, or at least it’s done that the last two years. I didn’t used to pay close attention to it, and before that I was on BC (and we know how terrible that is).. anyway, I love your blog, thank you so much for making it!

Olivia

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Thank you SO much!! So glad your cycle is on the moon too – it feels great. Sending lots of love!

sylvie

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Lucky girl, not the worst place to be on vacation ! Soup looks delish…

Diane

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Thank you for sharing this recipe, I have tried a couple different sweet potatoe/ginger soup recipes and this is the best tasting one by far! I used coconut oil in place of ghee & added a grate or two of fresh ginger. Love this soup!,

Yesenia

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Olivia over the past 6 years I have started to get get cysts all over my body (inner and outer body). I have gone to multiple doctors; Family Practice, O.B. Gyn, Dermatologist, Ontologist, etc. I’ve been informed that it’s normal and/or as long as they aren’t growing. I am only 31 years old and I don’t think it’s normal, do you have any remedies you can recommend?

Korrin Francis

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Cant wait to try!

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