Not Your Mama's Chicken Soup - Becca Piastrelli

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back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

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.

chicken soup ingredients


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.

bowl of chicken soup

Sip the soup slowly and mindfully, knowing each ingredient is working its immune boosting magic inside your body!

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