Sophie’s Sick Day Soup!
It’s getting to be that time of the year when everyone is beginning to sniffle and cough! As we move into the fall and winter our bodies slow down but unfortunately, our schedules do not! In fact, for most of us, we get much busier as we move into the school year and holiday season. Overworked and under-rested, combined with all those new germs we are coming into contact with can certainly lead to you guessed it – a nasty cold! Fortunately, we don’t need to look very far for one of the easiest and most effective medicines. All you need to do is visit your local grocery store or farmer’s market! Food is one of the best ways to help treat AND prevent catching a virus this fall. One of my family members was recently sick with a flu, and I made a big batch of my super yummy Sick Day Soup, which made him feel better straight away! I’ve listed my own recipe down below. Feel free to modify with your favorite veggies, spices, pasta, or grain!
Sophie’s (One Pan) Sick Day Soup:
-4 to 8 cloves garlic (the more you can stand the better!)
-1 yellow onion chopped
-1 potato (cut into 1/2 in. cubes)
-1 zucchini (chopped into 1/2 in. cubes)
-3 carrots chopped or sliced
-3 celery stalks sliced
-1 quart vegetable stock
-Tomato Juice (like V8 or R.W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice)
-1/2 bunch of parsley chopped
-Soba noodles (whatever amount you’d like)
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-Saute garlic, onion, potatoes, carrots and celery in olive oil, thyme, and 1/2 tsp cayenne until onions and garlic are soft and aromatic, between 5-10 minutes.
-Add in quart of vegetable stock and about 1/2 cup tomato juice (more if you’d like) and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are a little less than half way cooked.
-Bring liquid back up to a boil (if necessary, you can add in more water or vegetable stock here) and add in soba noodles. Cook according to directions on box.
-When noodles are just about done, add in your zucchini and a couple handfuls of chopped parsley.
-Taste test your soup for spice level. Spicy food is great for your immune system and clearing out colds! If you can take more heat, add more cayenne pepper. Add salt, pepper, and any other favorite spices to taste. I love turmeric. It gives soups a subtle, earthy taste and an amazing golden color. It’s also one of the most powerful herbs for overall wellness!
-Optional: Add in 1/4 cup half and half to cut the spice a bit.
-Garnish each bowl with more fresh parsley and eat hot!