|Better than going to the doctor!|
After a weekend of that, we get to Monday. Today. I have the day off. And I am determined to get rid of this cold. This is the soup that will make it all possible.
Chunky Tomato "Get Well" Soup
Serves 8. Prep time: 20 min. Cook time: 35 min.
|Use a paring knife to rid tomatoes of their seeds.|
A spoon works, too.
Incidentally, you can make this soup vegan-friendly by replacing the butter with more olive oil and skipping the honey and cream.
I'll be honest, I feel better already! I hope it works for you, too.
Why these ingredients?
Here's a brief summary of the research I did to put this soup together, finding ingredients that support the immune system in some way. Whether these ingredients actually have these properties or not is up for some debate; I figured it couldn't hurt to include anything that might help.
|Powerful thing, that onion!|
Butter: vitamin A, several B vitamins, antioxidant
Onion: antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, decongestant
Celery: vitamin C
Peppers: vitamin A, vitamin C
Salt: regulates hydration
Garlic: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, decongestant
Tomatoes: vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidant
Bay leaves: digestive
Broth: combined effects from several vegetables
Cayenne powder: antiseptic, digestive
Rosemary: relieves headaches and respiratory problems
Tarragon: digestive, soothes sore throats, promotes restful sleep
Cardamom: antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant
Coriander: digestive, antibacterial
Mustard: antiviral, antibacterial, detoxifier
Black pepper: decongestant, antioxidant
Cream: vitamin A, several B vitamins, antioxidant, zinc
(Source: Graimes, Nicola, ed. Vegetarian & Wholefoods Bible. London: Southwater, 2009.)
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