1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 tablespoons of curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds) cubed
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup of coconut milk (canned)
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4-5 ounces each), cubed
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Coconut oil cooking spray
1/4 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a soup pot, heat the oil over high heat and saute the onion until transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the celery, curry powder, turmeric, cumin and coriander, saute for 5 minutes. Add the squash and saute for about 10-12 minutes, until softened. Add the water to the pot, cover, and cook until the vegetables are very tender, stirring occasionally (add more water if needed). Remove from heat and transfer the vegetables to a bowl of a food processor, process until smooth. (Alternatively you can blend the vegetables in a pot with a hand blender. Be careful, it will be very hot.) Return the pureed vegetables to the pot over medium heat and add the coconut milk and 2 teaspoons of salt; whisk until well blended. Heat until the soup is warm. Stir in the lemon juice.
While the soup is heating, season the chicken cubes with salt, pepper and additional curry powder. Cook the chicken in a skillet lightly greased with cooking spray. When ready to serve, spoon the soup into bowls, topping each with the cooked chicken, yogurt and cilantro.
Protein 26.6g – Carb 30g – Fat 13.1g – Fibre 3.9g
Here’s how this recipe helps your mood:
Curry: Which includes the wonder spice turmeric and studies show this Improves mood and memory
Warm soups – warm temperatures and sunlight help raise serotonin
Contains protein (chicken)- need protein to provide the amino acid building blocks of serotonin.
Squash is an example of a starchy carb which when consumed at dinner can help boost your feel good hormones and lower cortisol, which helps improve sleep and mood.
For more mood boosting tips read this blog post.