Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nourishing Immune Building Soup

While so many people are lining up for Flu Vaccines, I am in my "Kitchen Apothecary" cooking up an Immune Building Soup! Consider having this soup throughout the flu season to keep your immune system strong. This will prove to be a great support if you are feeling weak or experiencing cold or flu symptoms.

Why is this soup immune building, you ask? Well, let's take a look at the ingredients!  Millet is a wonderful Gluten-Free Grain which has a cleansing effect on the body. It is considered a Prebiotic which actually supports healthy Flora in the intestinal tract. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and Astragulus is a wonderful immune boosting root. Ginger supports lung health and is warming to the body. Kale also supports lung health while giving you a mega dose of many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients which help to detoxify the body. Kombu Seaweed is high in Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and also has the ability to enhance flavor when cooked into a recipe. I like to think of it is Mother Natures MSG!
Grains of Millet

Immune Building Soup
1 Onion small dice
4 Cloves of Garlic minced
2 Tbl Olive Oil
3 Carrots small dice
2 Celery Stalks small dice
1 Cup Corn
2 Sticks of Astragulus, which can be found in the bulk herb section of your local Coop or Herbal Apothecary
3 Kale leaves sliced into 2 inch strips
1 Cup Millet
6 Cups Water

2 inch piece of Kombu Seaweed soaked for 10 minutes
2 tsp Peeled and Grated Ginger
1 Tbl Two Year Barley or Chick Pea Miso diluted in 1/4 cup of Water
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Astragulus Root
Heat the olive oil in large sauce pan

Add Onion, Sea Salt and cook for a couple of minute
Add Garlic and cook for a minute
Add Carrots, Celery and Corn, and mix
Add Millet and mix
Cover with water, add the Astragulus, Kombu and simmer covered for about 30 minutes 
Salt and Pepper if needed and cook for 5 minutes
Add Kale and Grated Ginger and cook for 2 minutes
Turn off, remove the astragulus sticks and add the Miso 

Grated Ginger 
So for this glorious season of Winter, may you keep strong and healthy listening to your body and nurturing yourself with this immune building soup. Till next time, stay warm and toasty.

1 comment:

  1. thank you ever so much Jillian will try this but cannot
    buy the astragulus I will try whole foods though