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Jan. 12, 2012

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Pair this delicious soup with Garlic Bread. Ours is just as tasty without all of the saturated fat and cholesterol!
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This soup is filled with cruciferous vegetables – plant foods that are naturally packed with cancer-fighting properties. For more information on how foods affect cancer risk, visit our website for more information.

Creamy Root Soup

Sweet Potato

This soup is made with a variety of root vegetables and supplies an assortment of cancer-fighting antioxidants to help prevent free-radical damage. If you've never tried rutabagas before, you'll come to appreciate the subtle and delicious flavor they add.


Makes 10 servings

3 1/2 to 4 cups water or vegetable broth, divided (1/2 cup, plus 3 cups, plus 1/2 cup)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large baking potato, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced
1 medium rutabaga, peeled and chopped
1 large sweet potato, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper
4 cups washed, fresh spinach, coarsely chopped


Heat 1/2 cup water or broth in a large pot. Add onion and cook over high heat, stirring often, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Stir in 3 cups water or broth and remaining ingredients except spinach. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and the soup is thickened, about 30 minutes.
Stir in spinach and simmer until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup water or broth, if desired, for a thinner soup.

Nutrition Information | Per serving (1/2 cup):

calories: 70; fat: 0.3 g; saturated fat: 0.1 g; calories from fat: 3.3%; cholesterol: 0 mg; protein: 2 g; carbohydrate: 16 g; sugar: 3.8 g; fiber: 2.9 g; sodium: 386 mg: calcium: 55 mg; iron: 1.5 mg; vitamin C: 16.6 mg; beta-carotene: 3767 mcg; vitamin E: 0.6 mg

Recipe from The Cancer Survivor’s Guide by Neal Barnard, M.D. and Jennifer K. Reilly, R.D.


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