Fridge Raid Soup

I call this 'Fridge Raid' know, when you look in the fridge and see lots of 'stuff'.  There's no better way to up your veggie intake game than a warming soup, especially this time of year.
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To be honest, I just whipped these veggies out of the fridge (guided visually for quantity and knowing the size pot I was using. Use more or less, just keep the variety of colour in mind) added in turmeric root, ginger, chilli (homegrown, so easy), garlic for added warmth, flavour and immune boosting properties.

Roughly chop all the veg and spices.
Place on 2 roasting trays (on greaseproof paper to minimise washing up of those trays!!).
Pour a few glugs of olive oil, sprinkle of seasalt, lots of black pepper and tossed the veg to coat them.
Pop into a preheated oven at 210deg C for 10-12 mins. Don't burn!

Add all the roasted veg into a big pot.
Add in bone broth (I usually make it - easy peasy, and for another post!). You can use stock cube dissolved in hot water as an alternative.
On a medium low heat, simmer for about an hour to allow the flavours to infuse and finish off the veg cooking.
Depending on how big a pot of soup, use a hand blender to blitz. Alternatively, blitz in food processor.

Serve with some toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, for crunch and healthy vegetable fats.
You might like to add some pitta bread, toasted tortillas, sourdough or brown bread on the side.

Protein Balls

Ingredients                      Coatings
100g sunflower seeds                   Cacao nibs
100g pumpkin seeds                  Bee Pollen
200g dates and/or apricots               Desiccated Coconut
Good pinch of seasalt                  Goji Berries, chopped
1-2 tsp ground coffee
2 tsp cacao powder
5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tsp water

Gently heat the coconut oil.
Blitz all the dry ingredients well.
Add coconut oil and water and blend well.
Using 1 tsp of mixture for each ball as a guide.
Roll it into shape and choose your coating or leave plain.
Put in freezer for 30 mins to allow them to set.