As these winter months dwindle down, and temperatures fluctuate along with weather patterns, pesky cold and flu symptoms might have caught hold of your immune system.
I had a particularly rough cold over the holidays this past year, and I was desperately searching for the best method to relieve my symptoms. While we're all familiar with idea that chicken noodle soup is the comforting cure-all for sickness, I've discovered something far more effective! Thanks to some inspiration from Whole Foods, and a little experimentation, here's a recipe for a soup where each powerful ingredient specifically aids your immune system to conquer the virus in your body.
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (I use Better Than Boullion)
1 tsp ground turmeric
12 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
1 1/2 cups fresh kale, chopped
1 butternut squash, cubed
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp miso paste
Take a large pot, and cook the onion and garlic in 4 tbsp broth over medium heat, stirring occasionally (adding broth to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot). Once the broth has evaporated and the onion/garlic is tender, add in the turmeric and mushrooms along with 4 more tbsp broth. Once the mushrooms are tender (about 3-4 minutes), stir in the remaining broth, kale, squash, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 15 minutes (until the squash is tender).
Once the squash is cooked, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and miso paste (NOTE: do not add miso when the soup is very hot. Miso has active probiotics, and high heat will diminish these properties). Cover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Sip the soup slowly and mindfully, knowing each ingredient is working its immune boosting magic inside your body!
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