Has the Coronavirus brought out the doomsday prepper in you yet? I haven’t stock-piled cans of beans up to the ceiling in my basement yet, but maybe I should! The Coronavirus has hit close to home, like a couple towns away close. Yikes! Today I’m sharing my tried and true vegan immune boosting soup recipe. I love the fact that A) it’s delicious and B) it’s SUPER good for you.
Who doesn’t love an easy-to-make recipe? This soup takes me less than 15 minutes to prep. Then you kind of just leave it on the stove top to simmer and forget about it. It’s that simple! I also LOVE how adaptable this soup is, you can add in whatever else you’re craving, like chopped carrots or celery, pasta, or rice. If you’re not vegan, just swap out the vegetable broth for your favorite bone broth. Again, super simple!
This soup is a great way to help boost your immune system to hopefully prevent getting sick. It’s also the first thing I turn to for a speedy recovery. I’ve had some amazing success with this immune boosting soup helping me get over a virus or cold within a couple of days.
Each ingredient in this soup plays an important role in making it super healthy and quite honestly, the ultimate immune boosting soup! And as an added bonus, it’s vegan! Here are a couple of the ingredients’ health benefits below:
Bok Choy contains selenium, which improves immune response to fighting infections from bacteria and viruses. Bok Choy also contains vitamins such as B-6, C, and E.
Kale is so nutrient packed, I don’t even know where to begin. Then again, I feel like kale can speak for itself at this point!
Shiitake Mushrooms apart from being a significant source of vitamin B, also contains selenium along with other immune-boosting element.
Garlic also contains compounds that will help boost your immune system and has been found in studies to reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms. So eat yo’ garlic!!
Onions contain vitamin C, zinc, selenium, sulfur, and quercetin (which is an antioxidant with antiviral properties).
Ginger has been found in studies to stimulate the immune system to kill viruses and has antimicrobial properties.
First off, feel free to add a little more of any of the ingredients above if you’re so inclined. This soup is your oyster! Ha… not sure if that works, but let’s just roll with it. Seriously though, if you LOVE garlic (like I do) then add a little bit extra garlic in there, and if you’re not a huge fan of turmeric, feel free to leave it out all together (or just add a little). Turmeric does have many health benefits though, including helping the immune system.
Start by peeling your fresh turmeric and ginger, then slice them. In a large pot on the stove combine your vegetable broth, 3 cups of water, turmeric, ginger, and dried shiitake mushrooms. Turn heat on high and let it come to a boil and keep the pot covered. Either mince your garlic before adding or crush the cloves and add them whole. Then, chop your kale, bok choy, onions, and any other vegetables you’d like to use. Additionally, if you have whole fresh shiitake mushrooms, you might choose to slice those up (I personally do). Add your vegetables to the pot of boiling water. After 5 minutes, turn the heat off and let sit for another 5 minutes before eating. Let the soup cool down before refrigerating the leftovers.
If you want to make this soup a little more hearty, feel free to cook some pasta to add to it. Some other options are: rice, quinoa, lentils, the list goes on! I usually prefer this soup by itself, but if I’m sick I try to make it a little more filling (which is when pasta or rice comes into play).
Alright friends! I’d love to hear what you think about this recipe. If you try it, let me know! Comment below with your #1 way you stay healthy during cold & flu season! And above all guys, remember to wash your hands!
Photo Credit: Julia Dags
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