As a Nutritarian, I rarely get sick with a common cold or any other illnesses. On the rare occasion, my immune takes a hit if I've been traveling and not eating as well as I do at home, or if I'm under more stress than usual. When that rare cold sneaks in, I take extra time to rest, stay hydrated, and keep my meals small and simple.
This is the soup I make myself if I feel a cold coming on because it's light, easily digestible, and full of nutrients. You can make this on the stovetop in about 20 minutes, or use a pressure cooker and set for 2 minutes at high pressure.
Quick Feel Better Vegetable Soup
Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings
2 cups vegetable broth (homemade, or no salt added store bought)
2-6 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
1 tsp no-salt seasoning
1 tsp dried herbs of your choice (see note below)
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (optional)
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1.) In a medium pot (or in a pressure cooker) add all of the ingredients except for the rice and green peas.
2.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Set to cook on low pressure for 2 minutes, with a quick release following).
3.) Add in the brown rice and frozen green peas. Stir and heat on low until the peas are warmed through. Serve hot!
For the dried herbs, I like to sprinkle in dried oregano and dried basil. Some other good options are dried parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and dill.
Adding the cooked brown rice at the end is optional. If you are having this soup when sick with a stomach bug, white rice in this case may sit better in the tummy.
Health and Happiness,