Hey everyone! After a crazy few weeks of travel and exploration, I am back with a recipe to kick us right into fall mode! Actually, I made this soup because the combination of traveling, combined with my newest niece visiting and sneezing in my mouth has caused me to come down with a cold myself! Whenever I, or someone close to me, is sick, I make chicken soup. It’s part nostalgia and part science-ish! Lol. But everyone who eats it, not only appreciates it much more than a can of salty, maybe-chicken and soggy noodle soup because the flavor is amazing and the benefits really do aid in the healing of your cold. But the thing that’s perfect about this soup is that you don’t have to be sick to enjoy the flavor and benefits of this soup!
The dish starts out with a mirepoix of leeks, celery, carrots and jalapenos which are cooked down until soft and tender and amped up with minced garlic and ginger. The smell of these veggies cooking is SO captivating and really gets your mouth watering. It’s then enhanced with some savory additions, cumin and tumeric then finished with a splash of sweetness to bring you a stew that’s fully balanced and able to be made vegetarian for those of us in the meat free life. It’s something you can serve for a friendly dinner, make for a sick friend or serve on the side of a soup or salad (my favorite combo!).
Still not convinced this should be your go-to fall & winter stew? Well just check out the benefits of the ingredients:
Ginger - Works to heal sore throats and kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds!
Tumeric - Anti-inflammatory and helps to relieve swelling of the nasal canal.
Salt - helps kill pathogens, is anti-inflammatory and helps to loosen mucus.
Leeks - Good source of Vitamin C which helps to fight colds. Also anti-inflammatory.
Garlic - Natural antibiotic and helps to stop coughing. Can also help with respiratory and help to lower fever! Wow
Carrots - Rich in beta-carotene which helps to strengthen the immune system.
So yeah, convinced? Lol. This is an amazing recipe that is good for the family, full of nutrients and so easy to make. Did I mention it freezes PERFECTLY and reheats to taste better than ever. It naturally thickens from the beans, keeping it gluten free and has no diary, keeping your passages clear. Ok, enough talking. Make this soup and feel great!!