There’s nothing better on a cold winter day that a hot bowl of soup! Soup also soothes a sore throat like no other. With cold and flu season hitting hard it’s a good idea to put healing foods into our diets, or boost our normal amounts. I’m going to focus on three specific foods and share a bonus recipe for using all three!
Ginger is well-known for various healing properties and useful during: nausea, colds & flu, inflammation and other ailments. There have been many research studies done on ginger which have verified the healing potential packed into this spicy rhizome.
Onions are also superb as healing foods. High in quercetin, onions are useful for coughs and colds as well as more serious ailments such as cardiovascular health issues and osteoporosis.
Garlic, that pungent little bulb, packs a punch against viruses and bacteria. With more than 3,000 articles published, garlic is popular for good reason.
Garlic’s major healing component is allicin, which garlic and onions both contain. “In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, allicin powder was found to reduce the incidence of the common cold by over 50%.”
Chinese Cabbage Soup
5 qts water
1 pound round steak diced, grass-fed if possible (or meat of your choice)
1 small organic onion, finely chopped
3 Tbs finely diced fresh ginger root
3 organic cloves garlic, diced
2 organic carrots, shredded
2-3 pounds organic Bok Choy (you can substitute, Japanese cabbage or green cabbage) thinly sliced. (I sourced some locally grown bok choy!)
6-8 baby Portobello mushrooms sliced. (I ordered through our buying club!)
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
Salt to taste (I use pink Himalayan salt)
Crushed red pepper to taste
Bring water to boil in large stock pot. Add diced beef, be sure to throw in any fat trimmings or bones (if you have some) to add flavor and nutrition, these can be removed before serving. Add onions, garlic, ginger and carrots.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add cabbage, mushrooms, salt, and pepper flakes and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until cabbage appears wilted. Stir in aminos right before serving.
This makes a savory and delightful broth based soup that’s soothing and filling. The broth alone is wonderful for those with sore throats or unable to eat a full meal. A perfect between meal snack as well.
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