Craving a warm winter soup

January 20, 2015

Having moved from the sunshine state recently, these cold days in Texas are making me sometimes feel under the weather. I am a firm believer that a good diet is the most powerful tool to be healthy, and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. I was craving a warm comfy soup yesterday, so this is what I made:
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 5-6 cloves of garlic. Cut each clove in three pieces
- 1 inch of ginger root
- 1 cup of vegetable stock ( or two vegetable flavor bouillon cubes with 1 more cup of water)
- Japanese mushrooms (Maitake, Shiitake, Reishi, or Enoki) full of antioxidants, like erguthionerpe, that does not get destroyed during the cooking process, and great immune boosters. Here I used Shiitake
- celery and cilantro if desired

- Heat olive oil in large pan. Add onions, garlic, and ginger, and cook for 3-4 minutes
- In a large pot mix what you have on the pan with the water and the vegetable stock. 
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and then simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and celery, cook for 15 more minutes
- Add cilantro and lime if you want when serving

(You can remove the garlic when serving, I prefer to swallow them for better health benefits).


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