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The 'Better than Chicken Soup' Soup Recipe
A Bowlful of Goodness
Chicken soup really does contain nutrients that help your body recover from and fight off a cold, but it is not the only option you have.
You can easily make an immune-boosting soup that is even better than chicken noodle soup. By cooking a soup that is full of foods and spices that contain the nutrients that help with a cold, you are creating a tasty, healthy, get-better-soon meal.
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- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- 6-8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 cups fresh kale, julienned
- 1 cup butternut squash, cut into 1/4" cubes
- 2 tbs. grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (if you can handle it)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp. miso paste
- 1 soup pot
- Over medium-high heat, sauté onion and garlic in the oil for about three minutes.
- Stir in the turmeric and mushrooms, sauté for another two minutes.
- Add the broth, kale, squash, ginger, and cayenne. Bring the soup to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the soup from heat. After it cools slightly, add the lemon juice and miso (adding the miso when the soup is too hot will cause the miso to lose some of its nutrients). Cover and let sit for five minutes before serving.
What makes it so beneficial?
Garlic: Helps increase the power of your immune system, while decreasing the duration of a cold.
Turmeric & Cayenne: These spices help support your immune spices. Plus, spicy foods, like cayenne, help clear sinuses.
Shiitake Mushrooms: You can also use reishi, maitake, and cordyceps. These mushrooms contain compounds that stimulate your immune system.
Kale: Dark, leafy greens like kale contain immune boosters: beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene.
Butternut Squash: This squash is rich with Vitamin A, which helps the production and activity of some white blood cells.
Ginger: The benefits of ginger are endless, but it is known for supporting your immune system.
Fresh Lemon: Hello Vitamin C! Vitamin C aids white blood cell production and healthy inflammation response. Vitamin C can be taken preventively to decrease the severity and duration of your cold.
Miso: This soybean paste contains probiotics, helping your body maintain healthy levels of bacteria.