Immunity-boosting Better-than-Chicken-Soup

This immunity-boosting soup is made with a virtual garden of powerful ingredients that contain beneficial nutrients for your immune system:

Turmeric adds a subtle flavor and a beautiful yellow color. The active ingredient is curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.

Black pepper also has antioxidant properties.

Cayenne pepper can clear congestion due to the main active compoundcapsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Shiitake mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain unique phytonutrients that contribute to good health.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium mushroom, vegetable, or chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups finely sliced kale
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 6 slices astragalus root (optional)
  • 1 fresh lemon, Juice of
  • 1 teaspoon miso

Instructions:

  1. In a sauce pot over medium-high heat, add oil and cook onion and garlic, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in turmeric and mushrooms, and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Add broth, kale, squash, ginger, cayenne, and astragalus. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, add lemon juice and miso. Cover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 90 calories (5 from fat), 0.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 2g protein