Friday, November 21, 2014

Flu Fighting Soup

vegan bowl of soup for fighting the flu



You don't have to have the flu to enjoy a bowl of this warming and nourishing immunity boosting soup. It's a light soup that is easy to eat and soothing to the tummy.

What are the secret ingredient in this soup? 


Cabbage

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable (like kale, broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Arugula) which contains powerful antioxidants believed to help boost immunity. Cabbage is also rich in vitamin C and vitamin C is a vital ingredient in fighting of colds and flu! It cooks down and almost melts into the soup.

Garlic and Onions

Onions and garlic have their own strong antiviral and antibacterial qualities. For greatest health benefits, garlic and onions should be cut or chopped and then be permitted to sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the essential enzyme "allicin" to form. Allicin is a strong antimicrobial that starts to activate after the garlic and onion are cut.



Turmeric is another immunity Booster
Since many of the vegetables in this soup are white or light green in color such as cabbage, onion, garlic, potato and celery, I like to add some healthy turmeric powder to the soup for additional antioxidants and to give the soup a golden looking color. Some studies show that adding pepper when using turmeric helps the body absorb the benefits of turmeric better.

Carrots
Carrots not only add nutrients, they taste great in soup. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A which are important for immunity boosting as well.

Whether you eat this soup to help boost immunity, prevent the flu, or for some comfort on a damp night,  one thing is for sure- you will enjoy it.

This time of the year, I can't get enough soup. I find that soups are easy to make, warming, satisfying and filling. There is such a wide variety of vegetables that you can incorporate into your soups which helps boost immunity and nutrition. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some of my other easy and healthy soup recipes. Of course all of my recipes meet gluten free, vegetarian/vegan and meet whole food standards.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: Makes 4 full cups or 2 large bowls

Ingredients: 
3 cups of chopped cabbage
1 medium onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery , chopped
3 medium carrots , chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
Optional: 1 potato, chopped ( I leave it out because I don't want the carbs)
4 cups of good tasting vegetable broth ( or chicken broth is you are not vegetarian)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon of herbal salt free seasoning ( I use 21 Salute from Trader Joe's)
Optional : 1/4 teaspoon on turmeric to add color and antioxidants at the end
2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil ( I used olive)

Directions: 
Using a 4 qt pot or larger, slowly saute onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and potato ( if using) in the oil for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables. Add vegetable broth, water, and chopped cabbage and seasonings. Cook for about 1/2 hour until the cabbage is soft. Add the turmeric ( if desired) at the end when the soup is done.

vegetable soup with turmeric


Click below for more of my easy and healthy Soup Recipes;

Disclaimer: The information in my blog posts is for educational purposes only and not meant to give medical advice. Everyone's eating needs are different. Always follow your doctor's advice if you have the cold or flu. 

Got More Cabbage? Make this fabulous Asian Peanut Coleslaw 

asian coleslaw with peanut dressing





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10 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm another tasty soup recipe! This one sounds so comforting, and I love the idea of adding tumeric at the end for its powerful anti inflammatory properties

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    1. Jen,
      I am on a soup kick! It's gotten so cold. It's amazing how many wonderful different types of soup there are, and yes I love to use turmeric

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  2. I love a good cabbage soup and this one does look like a good cure-all for the winter season. ;-) Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.

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  3. G'day Looks great and hope it works! All blog comments appreciated and sharing is caring today!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List #SayGdayParty pinned

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  4. As I am fighting a cold right now I definitely could use this soup!

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  5. Hi Judee, Thank you for the soup recipe. It will be good to have during cold season. Pinned.

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  6. This sounds like a fantastic soup for this time of year. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites. We will be live tonight 8:30 EST. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  7. Delicious,thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

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  8. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is one of the Top Ten Favorites this week at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are enjoying your week and your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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