Super Immunity Soup

Hello and Happy Friday! Today I want to share a recipe with all you fine people. I have some coworkers who have been under the weather so yesterday when I started to feel achy and stuffy, I started to panic! Then I realized, that solves nothing, so I decided to make soup instead! I was in the mood for some broth and comfort plus I wanted to include anti-inflammatory and immune boosting foods. I decided on a miso soup and went from there!

I started with wanting to include onions and garlic. They are anti-inflammatory and are super restorative. Both are also good for your immunity because they contain organosulfur compounds, which are antioxidants. 

Next I want to add ginger. Not only do I love the smell and taste, but it is also well know for its anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, onions, garlic, and ginger cooking on the stove is just about the best smell ever!

Then I want to add some saltiness and some flavor so I added nori sheets. This is what your sushi rolls are made of. It's seaweed. I can never get enough of this stuff. You can get them at your grocery store in the Asian aisle. They are inexpensive as well. I added tofu too for some protein and it just seemed to fit, being a miso soup an all! You can get inexpensive tofu at the grocery store as well. My grocery store keeps it near the vegetables in the refrigerated section. I also added miso, because duh! This is harder to find. I have found it at specialty stores like Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. I used yellow miso but I am sure others would work okay too.

Then I added a new ingredient to me: Dandelion greens! My acupuncturist recommended them to help detox the liver (I have a sluggish one) so I decided to give them a try. They taste simmer to arugula, so sort of peppery and maybe a little bitter. And if you are wondering where I got them, well, from my front yard! I pulled up the dandelion and just took the leaves (making sure Tyler nor I had sprayed anything on them), washed them, cut them up, and threw them in. It was a great edition to the soup. Even Tyler approved!

Then from there I added salt to taste and red pepper flakes because I like it hot! I would have added mushrooms too if I had any, but didn't. Feel free to add!

Super Immunity Soup:

What you need:
1/2 red onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1 inch peeled ginger minced
1 tbsp yellow miso
12 oz firm tofu chopped in cubes
2 nori sheets cut into 1 inch wide, 3 inch long sheets
1 bunch green onions
1 small bunch dandelion leaves, chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 pinch salt
3 cups water

Directions:

First add the onion, garlic, and ginger to a small pot over medium high. Add a small amount of water to prevent the ingredients from sticking. Saute until the onion is translucent. Add the remaining water to the pot. Add the miso and stir until combined (no clumps). Then add remaining ingredients. Bring to a small boil, then turn to low heat. Let sit for 10-15 minutes for the flavors to really emerge. Serve up and enjoy! Makes 3 servings.


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