Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque | gluten-free, vegan-friendly, AIP, paleo | FitCakery.com

What does the end of the weekend, a long, stressful day, and having numerous random body aches have in common?  That’s right.  It means a detox is in order!

Now, detoxes and voodoo magic are commonly believed to be the same thing but, in general, this is not the case.  If you break down the word “de-tox” we have something that just means, “to remove the toxins.” 

Sometimes, yes, detoxes can be murky, if not really nutrient-dense, juice cleanses full of beetroot, celery and cayenne pepper (hold the eye of newt)...  and sometimes they’re more of the whole-natural-no-bs-food approach.  In this case, we’re basically just getting in a bunch of healthy stuff that will help us get rid of the bad stuff.

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque | gluten-free, vegan-friendly, AIP, paleo | FitCakery.com

I intentionally made this bisque only out of ingredients I thought would be super beneficial for the purpose of cleansing.  After all, what good is a recipe that re-toxes while it de-toxes?  Hence, our lineup for today:

  • Zucchini: full of cleansing water and fiber, as well as potassium and b-vitamins
  • Garlic & onion: contain sulfur compounds known to help prevent cancer, and have antibacterial properties.
  • Coconut oil: the medium chain fatty acids it contains are great brain food. One of these, lauric acid, helps boost the immune system.
  • Greens: besides fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boost your energy and immune system, greens contain chlorophyll, which rids the body of all kinds of toxins!
  • Ginger: helps reduce pain and inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar
  • Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Coconut milk: high in vitamins and minerals, and a great substitute for any dairy product when detoxing or reducing inflammation
  • Bone broth (if using): rich in protein, minerals, collagen, glucosamine & chondroitin, all of which are easily absorbed by the body and can aid gut health, joint health, immune health, and fight inflammation
Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque | gluten-free, vegan-friendly, AIP, paleo | FitCakery.com

Altogether this makes a tasty (yes, vegetable-y, but flavorful) concoction, and it’s a great start – or middle, or end – to a serious detox day!  Make extras to freeze, and you’ll be ready for anything!

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque | gluten-free, vegan-friendly, AIP, paleo | FitCakery.com

gluten-free, vegan-friendly, AIP, paleo {makes about 6 servings}

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ T. coconut or avocado oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 green and/or yellow zucchini, chopped
  • About 4 cups Swiss chard or other fresh greens
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger (or ½ tsp. powdered ginger)
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated turmeric (or 1 tsp. powdered turmeric)
  • ½ tsp. salt*
  • ½ (15 oz) can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup homemade bone broth** or canned broth – vegetable or other is fine

*Himalayan pink salt is often recommended because of its mineral content

** There are lots of benefits of using homemade bone broth, and it can be a great energy booster and detoxify-er!  Learn how to make great homemade bone broth HERE.

http://therealfoodguide.com/bone-broth-basics-make-bone-broth-in-a-slow-cooker/

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat for a few minutes, or until fully heated.  Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes, along with a pinch of salt.
  2. Add chopped zucchini, and sauté until almost cooked - not soft.  Add in greens and remaining ingredients.  Reduce the temperature to medium and cook a few more minutes, fully cooking the zucchini and greens, until they are bright and not too soft. 
  3. If you’re not going to eat the soup right away, transfer all ingredients to a food processor or blender and then add cold coconut milk and broth.  But if you are planning to eat the soup immediately, add the milk and broth in with the ingredients and heat everything together fully before blending completely.
  4. Store in the refrigerator (or even the freezer) in reheatable containers!

Nutrition per 1/6 recipe (using homemade bone broth): 92 calories; 7 g fat; 5.6 g carbs; 1.4 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 2.4 g protei