What is a healthy winter soup?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
The winter season may have you craving a warm bowl of soup. Cook up a broth of shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, cabbage, squash, carrots, fresh ginger, oregano and onion in chicken or vegetable stock. Shiitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides, sterols and coumarin, as well as vitamins and minerals that increase your immune function. Seaweed cleanses the body; cabbage can increase your body's ability to fight infection; ginger supports healthy digestion; and the remaining ingredients promote general health. Not bad for one super soup! Save time by cooking in bulk and freezing for later.

Lentil Vegetable Soup - I love it so much!


  • 1/2 cup red or green lentils
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  1. Place the lentils into a stockpot or a Dutch oven and add water to twice the depth of the lentils. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse lentils; return them to the pot.
  2. Add onion, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, chicken broth, carrots and garlic to the pot and season with salt, pepper, sugar, basil, thyme and curry. Cook, simmering for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until desired tenderness is achieved.
Amount Per Serving  Calories: 107 | Total Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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