If you've ever had the 'I feel like I'm coming down with something' feeling you are not alone, at any time of the year the cold or flu can strike and leave us down and out for days and sometimes a week or two, have no fear Brick Wall Fitness has you covered. Cook up some easy to make Cold Buster Soup to help back up your immune system and kick start your way to feeling better in a hurry! Featuring turmeric, ginger, garlic, and peppers you can add additional peppers or red pepper flakes to turn up the heat, or add coconut milk to soothe the spice! You can eat it plain, with rice, noodles, or, my personal favorite-- naan bread!
I could show you a long list of photos of each step in the process accompanied by an anecdote like my husbands cold lasting 3 days instead of 7-10 after eating this for 4 days in a row) like so many other blogs, but I believe that sometimes less is more, so without further ado, here is the recipe!
Cold Buster Soup
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes Prep Time:5-15 minutes
- 1 Can of Tomato Paste (9oz)
-1-2 TBSP Red Curry Paste
- 1 TBSP Fish Sauce
- 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Cube of Chicken Bouillon
- 32oz of Bone Broth
- 1 Cup of Water
-1 Knuckle of Fresh Ginger, chopped
- 3-6 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
- Handful of Peeled Turmeric
- 1/2 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes (more or less to taste)
- 1 TBSP Ground Cloves
- 5 Large Carrots
-2 Medium Tomatoes
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 3 Red or Orange Bell Peppers OR 6 Jalapenos
- 3 Cups of Spinach OR 1 Head of Baby Bok Choy
- 1 Package of Cremini or Shiitake (remove stems) Mushrooms
- Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
- Coarse Black Pepper to taste
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken, Shredded
1. In a large pot add water, bouillon cube, tomato paste, fish sauce, curry paste, vinegar, and bone broth and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
2. While the pot is warming, blend the peppers, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, turmeric, ginger, and mushrooms in a food processor until a chutney like consistency. (This step is optional for those who have texture aversions or for disguising veggies, if you choose not to blend in the food processor, be sure to chop the garlic, turmeric and ginger very well, slice the mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, onions and peppers to your liking).
3. Add the blended mix (or if you didn't blend, add your diced items) into the warm pot and stir until blended well. Add in the salt, pepper, cloves, and red pepper flakes.
4. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until smooth, add in shredded chicken and spinach.
5. Cook for 5 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
Now that you have the recipe if you would like to continue we can discuss what makes this soup so great. Ginger- helps relieve nausea , boosts immunity, anti-inflammatory, reduces pain, digestive support Garlic- boosts immunity, detoxes liver, anti-inflammatory, nasal decongestant, helps treat coughs Turmeric- anti-inflammatory, boosts immunity, soothes digestion, helps treat depression, treats coughs, natural antibiotic, blood purifier, reduces bad cholesterol, reduces gas and bloating ACV- boosts immunity, helps soothe upset stomach, boosts energy, relieves nausea and headaches, relieves sinus pressure Bone Broth- boosts immunity, fights infection, reduces inflammation, Fish Sauce- rich antioxidants, rich in protein hydrolsates, high in lysine, Carrots- antioxidant, boosts immune system, facilitates digestion, reduces blood pressure, helps treat infections Tomatoes- reduces inflammation, rich antioxidants, boosts immunity Mushrooms-reduces inflammation, prevents fatigue, restore gut health, Onion- anti-spasmodic, assists with respiratory issues, detoxifying, relieves stomach ache, relieves sore throat ad cough, boosts immunity Spinach- prevents constipation, fights infection, increases circulation, boosts immunity Bell Peppers- boost immunity, reduces inflammation, rich in antioxidants Jalapeno Peppers- prevent inflamation, ease headaches, ease nasal congestion This recipe takes very little time to make, especially if you are blending everything in the food processor or blender! It is also very versatile you can pretty much add or remove ingredients as you see fit in order to meet your specific dietary needs and capabilities, this can also easily be made vegetarian by switching the chicken for tofu, the bone broth for veggie broth, eliminating the chicken bouillon (add 1 more cup of veggie broth), fish sauce can be substituted by the vegetarian recipe at www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6610-making-a-vegetarian-substitute-for-fish-sauce Happy cooking, post below to let Brick Wall Fitness members know how you liked this recipe and any additions you made to it!