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Greens, Garlic, Ginger Soup

Greens, Garlic, Ginger Soup

There is a lot of news these days about the dread H1N1 flu going around.  I’m not here to parse myth from fact,  but I do have a delicious soup recipe for you!  There are many immune stimulating reasons to eat this soup and I hope you find it as calming to your fears as it is nourishing to your body!

 

It is not necessary to make your own soup stock, but I did, and I threw some things in there that are good for the immune system, so I will share them with you.

Veggie Stock:

  • Onion cut into quarters (I don’t peel it because the peel is rich in a flavonoid called quercitin)
  • Garlic: a handful (garlic and onions both enhance the activities of our white blood cells which fight viruses)
  • celery: 4-8 stalks
  • carrots: 3-6
  • tomatoes: 4-5 (I used Romas)
  • zucchini: one cut into chunks
  • Mushrooms: 8-10 big ones, cut up
  • 2 bay leaves, small handful of peppercorns, fennel seed
  • 6 slices of dried astragalus (an antiviral herb)
  • 6 slices of dried burdock root ( a tonic)
  • 6 slices of dried licorice root (an antiviral herb)
  • handful of dried cleavers (an herb good for moving lymph)
  • small handful of kelp

Put all the vegetables and herbs in a large stainless steel pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer for 3-4 hours.  Strain solids out and discard.  Pour vegetable stock into jars for storage.  Freezes well.

veggies strained out of stock

vegetables strained out of stock

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetable Stock

Vegetable Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have your stock ready, or if you are using prepared stock, it just takes a few minutes to prepare the soup.

 

 

Greens, Garlic, Ginger Soup/ Swine Flu Vaccine Soup

  • 3 cups stock (veggie or chicken)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic (I have a stone that fits nicely into my hand that I use to smash garlic.  Once smashed, the skin comes off easily.)

    garlic stone

    garlic stone

Bring to a boil and let the ginger and garlic simmer for 5-10 minutes in the broth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • add 6-8 cups of chopped greens: kale, spinach, escarole, bok choy
escarole

escarole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the greens cook for 5 minutes or so.

  • add salt and pepper to taste
greens

greens

 

Blend in blender, food processor, or vita mix, until pureed.

Drink up!

Remember there are a few other simple things you can do to keep your immune system strong:

  • Get adequate sleep
  • Stay away from sugar and simple carbohydrates
  • Get enough vitamin D
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Laugh, love, and feel grateful everyday

I ordered my dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs

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