Cold Busting Soup
So, Monday afternoon, feeling a tad sorry for myself with a bit of a cold. This is always a sign to me that I've been doing too much, so am grateful for a not too busy week this week.
I decided I needed something warm for lunch, checked out which veg I had in and started chopping! Now I know we often throw together a veg soup, but if you're stuck for ideas or are fighting the Autumn lurgies like yours truly, this may be one to try. It's rich in beta-carotene, vits C and E from carrots and sweet potatoes for your immune system. Onions and leeks provide benefits for the liver, phytonutrients and are good foods for our gut bacteria. Celery (well I am one of those people who love celery) gives lots of potassium among other virtues. Then there's ginger for anti-inflammatory purposes, chilli for warmth and some seaweed flakes for a bit of bite and the billions of minerals they provide. Plus miso paste for taste and the benefits that fermented foods give to our gut bacteria. I do hope my immune system will be grateful and have me up an running again properly soon. Simply blitz in your blender of Nutribulllet.
1 onion, chopped
1 chunk of ginger, chopped
1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 large carrot (2 small), chopped,
1 leek, chopped
3 sticks celery, chopped
1 heaped dessertspoon of miso paste
1 tbsp of seaweed flakes (from health food shops)
Fry onion in some coconut oil, add ginger and chili, then potatoes and carrots. Saute for a few mins until begin to soften. Then add leeks and celery, saute for few more minutes. Add miso, seaweed flakes and as much boiling water as you'd like depending on desired consistency. You can always add more, but make sure veg are covered. Cook for 20 mins or so and then blend.
Add a small handful of pumpkin seeds for a little bit of protein and a whole lot of zinc for that immune system!! Sniff, Sniff!