So, I feel like I’m starting to get that “thing” that everyone’s complaining about. Feeling on the verge of feverish, scratchy throat, sort of tired and unmotivated to do the things I’m usually passionate about….oh no!!! I think I’m coming down with something…
Quick!!! Soup to the rescue…normally, I have a really good, nourishing chicken stock on hand, but as it happens, tonight I’m all out. That’s when the pre-made stuff come in handy. I always keep a few boxes of Pacific Organic Chicken broth and vegetable broth on hand in case of emergencies. Find it at Whole Foods or your local natural foods store. The difference between store bought stuff and the homemade version is the gelatin–which is sooooo good for your tummy. The digestive tract makes up about 80% of your immune system so making sure tha’s in great working order is always the place to start.
This is a simple soup but it goes to show that you can really take care of yourself when you’ve got the right items stocked in your kitchen! (I can help you do that–check out my website: www.realfoodnutrition.com!
Here’s what I ate:
Chicken, Swiss Chard, & Onion Soup w/ Shitake mushrooms
What you’ll need:
1 box of Pacific Organic Vegetable Broth
3-4 large leaves of organic swiss chard (full of minerals like magnesium and calcium to help your body to relax…)
1/2 organic yellow onion (immune booster!)
2 cloves of garlic (anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, immune booster!)
2 Saag Naturals brand Chicken Brands (pre-cooked, no hormones, no nitrates! Always have some around as a protein source…)
2 Tbsp Artisana brand coconut oil (this stuff is really good and coconut oil won’t make you gain weight! It’s also a major immune booster.)
1/2 cup or so of Shitake mushrooms (these are immune powerhouses and anti-cancer to boot!)
Dash of Nutritional Yeast (get it bulk at the health food store; it’s full of energizing B-vitamins and tastes like Parmesan cheese- no calories!)
Dash of Dulse/Kelp flakes (gives it a salty taste while nourishing the thyroid gland to help keep you lean and mean…)
Here’s what you do:
In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Chop your onion into chunky bits. Throw them into the oil and mix them around. While the onions are sauteeing, chop your swiss chard. I like to cut the stems off and cut those into small pieces first. Throw the stems into the pan and chop the leaves next. I take the leaves and try to roll them up and then chop the roll. This makes a nice “chiffonade.” Throw the chopped leaves in. Then, take your washed mushrooms and slice them up. Throw those into the mix. Coat all the veggies with the wonderful coconut oil goodness. Let it simmer awhile….Then you want to add your Vegetable broth. You’ll want to cover all of the veggies by at least an inch or so. This usually means using the whole container of broth. Bring to a boil. While the soup is getting hot, slice the sausages into thin slices. Throw those into the soup. When the soup is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The sausages are pre-cooked, so no need to worry about those. Take your garlic cloves and either mince them or use a garlic press to mash them up. Add those to your soup. You don’t want to let the garlic cook for too long or it will reduce the immune boosting properties.
Now ladle your delicious soup into your bowl. There should be enough for a good 4 servings there. Feel free to eat half right away, and save half for tomorrow’s lunch or something. Top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast (I put mine into a parmesan cheese stainless steel sprinkler), and a little bit of kelp for saltiness (try Sea Seasonings brand– www.seaveg.com
Eat it all up and your cold should be history…I’ll keep you posted on how I did! By the way, nestling into the blankies with a great funny movie will help too! Laughing has been proven to boost the immune system!
P.S. I’m not making any money (yet!) on naming brands. I’m just trying to make your life easier by sharing what’s worked for me…