We taught a workshop earlier this winter on a snowy day in January. It was 14 degrees out and sixteen beautiful women made the trek to be in community with us and learn about repairing and restoring their post-baby bodies.
The night before, I carefully made this soup, making small changes to the recipe I thought would be delicious. (As I always do…I’m a terrible baker because I’m always fiddling with recipes!) It’s the perfect blend of the warm, wet and oily balancing qualities that mamas need postpartum AND pregnancy, and I knew it would be the perfect recipe to warm us all up.
And lady, it was is DELICIOUS.
By the end of the workshop, the only thing left in the bottom of the crockpot were a few mushrooms that didn’t make it onto the spoon.
Not only was it delicious, but being chock full of garlic, onions, mushrooms, ginger and carrots, it’s a powerhouse soup that’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-flu, anti-cold soup all rolled into one. And my 4-year old loved it to boot!
With all the colds / flu / viruses going around these days and with suppressed immune systems from lack of sleep or pregnancy, who doesn’t want a little natural protection? If we choose well, food really can be our medicine.
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Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Flu, Anti-Cold Ginger and Garlic Soup
Modified from the recipe at: The Healthy Lifestyle
1 tbsp coconut oil Two cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced Four green onions, also finely sliced Seven cups of vegetable stock or broth 2 tbsp of grated root ginger, or 1 tbsp powdered ginger 4 cups chopped or whole cremini mushrooms 1 cup chopped carrots 1 tsp turmeric powder One finely diced hot or medium-hot chili (optional)
1. In a large dutch oven, cook the garlic and onions in coconut oil until brown. Add mushrooms, carrots and the ginger on low heat and sauté until soft.
2. Add all vegetable stock and continue to boil. Cook for 25-30 minutes on medium heat until all ingredients become soft.
4. If adding chopped chili, add it last and stir for another 5 minutes.
5. Serve the soup while it is warm. Combine it with lemon water and crusty bread.
This will provide more anti-bacterial effects and improve your digestion too.
Share this with your family and friends and help them protect themselves during these cold winter months too.
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