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Some days motivation to stand for an hour in the kitchen creating an entire healthy dinner for the family just isn’t in the making.  Fortunately for us on the Eastern coast, the days are returning to the traditional autumn weather of cooler evenings.  Hence, soups are slowly making a return to our kitchen and I couldn’t be more thankful.  Soups are one of those easy meals that not only can feed a family for a few days but also has the ability to clean out ones’ fridge of aging fresh vegetables.  It’s really a win-win situation for everyone.  The other night I was tired from a cool 4 mile run with some yoga afterwards, hence I really wasn’t in the mood to stand on a hard wood floor cooking dinner.

Tomatoes were sitting in the fridge so it only made sense to create a healthy, hearty tomato soup.  It tasted of tomato soup (but even though it didn’t look like it) with a creamy texture thanks to the in-season turnips.  As an added heart-healthy bonus point, I tossed in some garlic to boost the blood pressure to increase the heart-rate.  Studies* have found throughout the years, garlic actually is as friendly to the heart as say eating oatmeal for ones’ morning breakfast.  Additionally, onions are anti-inflammatory** so it can help ward of autumn colds, reduce arthritis inflammation and so on.  Therefore this recipe may sound simple, but good things come in small sizes.

Serves 4-6
4 large tomatoes, chopped (or 30oz diced tomatoes)
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2-3 medium turnips, diced
1-2 c water, depending on your preference
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp asafetida, optional
½-1 tbsp dill, dried
Salt and pepper, according to taste

1.  Sauté garlic, onion, and turnips in a little oil (or oil spray or just 1 tbsp water) until the onions are translucent and turnips are slightly browned.

2.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer for about 10 minutes. 

3.  Depending on preferences, it is okay to either blend the hot soup mixture for a smooth texture or leave it as is for a chunkier version.  Blend or not blend, it’s all up to you.

*Research claims for Garlic being Heart-Healthy
BBC News Reports
Wellness Times Research
Medical News Today
**Research claims for Onion being an Anti-inflammatory
Super Foods RX Reports
Bangkok Botanica
Fox News Reports
Sorry for the terrible photo- it was a busy day with a workout before dinner so this was actually a photo of the leftovers.  Guess that’s what happens…  workouts come first…

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