A restorative broth made with a plethora of vegetables to sooth, nourish and detoxify.
I turn to this vegetable heavy broth when I’m feeling run down and want to sip on something warm and nourishing. It’s a good wintertime companion after a season of holiday excess and the seemingly unavoidable onslaught of runny noses and itchy throats everywhere you turn.
I start with every immune boosting and vitamin and mineral rich ingredient I can gather up and throw them into the slow cooker or soup pot and let it all simmer away. Before long I have the best kind of medicine; a flavorful broth filled with soft, slow-cooked vegetables that soothes and nourishes.
This “detox” soup of sorts is quick to digest so it’s easy on your stomach while providing your body with much needed vitamins and minerals.
Garlic, shitake mushrooms, ginger, kombu and turmeric are the stars of this restorative broth, infusing it with both deep flavor and immune boosting properties. I make this almost once a week throughout the season and I can tell you it will fast become a staple in your house whether you’re feeling under the weather or not.
Best of all, it’s endlessly adaptable and simple to make and store for when you need it.
Start your morning with a cup of broth or sip it throughout the day as an alternative to tea or coffee. Leave the slow-cooked vegetables in for more sustenance (I’ve been eating it for lunch with a poached egg on top) or whiz the whole thing up in the blender for a creamier, velvety soup. Stir in a spoonful of gelatin for extra stomach soothing qualities or a pat of butter, ghee or olive oil for extra richness.
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