A SuperFood for Healing Achy Muscles and Joints & Recipe

Would you like a SuperFood for Muscle and Joint Aches you can make at home? A familiar comfort food that nourishes your family? One that you or your someone in your family has made before? This wonderful comfort food is homemade soup. Not the canned variety, but the soup made from slow cooked homemade broths. It’s loaded with amino acids, glucosamine and chondroitin which, aid in repair and building soft tissue, whether it’s cartilage, skin, joint or muscle. Even doctors recognise the healing benefits of homemade bone broths. Check out this blog featuring a woman who helped heal her runners knee, by following the advise of Dr. Tom Cowan, to add a cup of bone broth to her daily diet. It’s an ideal food for those wanting to have more strength, more energy and reduce aches.

An excellent post workout meal.

Any soup, as long as it’s made with homemade bone broth, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, fish… can be your superfood. You can make your own, or purchase homemade broths from a local farmers market, fish shop or health food store. Your soup can include; vegetables, meat, legumes, grain, dairy or non dairy milks. Have it blended, chunky or just the broth on it’s own.

One soup that we enjoy for it’s sweet and nutty taste is made from Butternut squash. The flesh is full of vitamins A, C and more, and has a naturally sweet flavor that emerges when roasted. Check out more of Butternut Squash health benefits here. Winter squash stores well, is abundant and often sale priced during our fall winter months, another awesome reason to eat lots of squash.

Warm, Nourishing and Yummy.

There are many plain, creamed and spicy butternut squash recipes out there. The recipe below is one of our favourites . Curry powder, cumin, and coriander give this creamy squash soup a warm exotic flavor that’s characteristic of Moroccan dishes.

Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup

A smooth, silky spicy soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cooked and mashed butternut squash (If I don’t have a whole squash I add in cooked yam and/or carrot)
  • 2 tbsp butter, ghee or lard
  • 2 onions peeled and chopped
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 medium green apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground canyenne
  • 4 cups homemade bone broth (chicken or turkey)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • optional toppings
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
    • green onions thinely sliced
    • goat cheese
    • roasted squash seeds
    • freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • creme fraiche

Instructions:

  1. Saute onions gently in fat until tender.
  2. Stir in garlic, apple and spices. Saute until aromatic, about 30 seconds .
  3. Add squash and broth. Bring to boil and skim. Reduce heat and cook until apple is soft. About half an hour.
  4. Remove from heat. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Puree soup with hand held blender. Ladle into bowls and add optional toppings.