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IBD-friendly recipe for winter: Warming Pumpkin Soup


The insoluble fibre of vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato is generally easier to digest than soluble fibre, writes Eli Brecher.

The insoluble fibre of vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato is generally easier to digest than soluble fibre, and each of the spices used boasts its own nutritional benefits. Turmeric carries powerful anti-inflammatory properties and cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar levels, whilst nutmeg is known to detoxify the kidney and liver.

Ingredients:

(Serves 5)

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into small cubes
  • 740g pumpkin/squash, cut into small cubes
  • 1-litre vegetable stock (1 teaspoon stock in boiled water)

 

Method:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon, cumin and nutmeg, then add in the pumpkin and sweet potato and cook for 10 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour enough the stock into the pan to cover the vegetables, season with salt and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Use a hand-blender to blend until smooth. Serve hot or freeze.
Posted on: June 6 2018

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5 years ago, I was given the diagnosis that I was either Coeliac or Crohn, adopting a Gluten Free lifestyle; fast forward to this week when the hospital confirmed and upgraded my condition to Crohn's due to an insane mucosal discharge of 400mcg ( ceiling is 200 ). From my recent research, I am now aware, Crohn's affects people differently, with one eating regimen not working for others ( Polar opposite of Coeliac where I knew what I had to do ). The information out there regarding what you can, can't, should, shouldn't is mind-numbingly confusing. One website stated, NO..! Onions, Garlic, chilli and all the foods that make life enjoyable, yet this Pumpkin Soup Recipe has Onion...??? As I am up to around 3 -4 movements a day, I have to limit my fibre in-take and focus on protein, although I balance much of what I miss out from vegies with suppliments, not ideal, but! I am on this new journey to try and reverse the condition to a point where I won't have to feel this way.


About the author

Eli Brecher

Eli Brecher is a UK-based recipe developer, blogger, food stylist, photographer and creator of the Instagram page @cerealandpeanutbutter. She has been living with Crohn’s disease from the age of 8, and is pursuing a degree in Human Nutrition. Read more about Eli and her recipes at elibrecher.co.uk/