I made this clean fresh healing soup to celebrate Mother's day and I thought to share it with you and hopefully with your mum, as they say beauty starts from the inside.
It has a light flavour and is very beneficial to your digestion in contrast to the typical rich foods often eaten at cellebrations. Having said that it could be easily "strengthened" further by adding more stock and or adding chicken meat. Alternatively, when the broth is still on rolling boil some 20 mins in add the whites of 2 free range organic eggs and stir gently for a minute or two. I, however value it for it's ability to be easily digested and act as a cleansing dish that does not leave you feeling heavy and drowsy. It's also hydrating.
3-5 Spring onions chopped into 1cm long sections of leaf and finer dice of the white portions - leave the white out if at all sensitive to them. Typically the green leaves are far easier to deal with and lend a delicious flavour and aroma to the dish and nourishes the lungs.
3 longish organic carrots cut into edible pieces. I first chop them into 8cm lengths and the chop down each into quarters for typical carrots. If they are very thick chop into eights or finer.
3x 1cm discs of sweet potato. Chopped into 1cm squares. Nourishes the digestive organs.
2 TBS of good quality organic olive oil
1 tsp of dried organic basil
1 clove of Australian organic garlic, chopped finely marking you as the chef ha ha. great for the lungs.
Bring pot to a gentle saute. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes or until the onions begin to start to brown at the edges. Stir from time to time.
Cut 3 1cm thick sections out of a quater of a large organic Japanese pumpkin. Dice these and add to pot. Sweet nourishes the digestive organs.
1/2 of organic Broccoli cut into medium to small florets.
1-2 tsp of Dulse flakes to add important minerals and iodine (important for nourishing the water element and metabolism)
You could also
Add 10 -20 stalks of coriander to nourish the Lungs
Chicken pieces in bite sizes fr a more filling meal or use egg whites - see later steps
1L of filtered water or veggie stock - I use Rapunzel (1/2 Tbs)
Salt to taste
Bring to a simmer on a gentle heat and cook until the carrots are soft and the liquid is lightly coloured and flavoursome. Adjust seasonings. If you are adding the egg whites then watch for the carrots starting to soften and then add the whites and gently stir through intil they form thin egg streaks reminiscent of egg flower soup. Again this makes a richer more nourishing dish as apposed to a cleansing one.
Just before switching off
5-10 parsley stalks. Chopped roughly leaving out the main stems. They tend to be too stringy.
Simmer for another 2 minutes and you are done.
Ladle hot into bowls and enjoy steaming whilst listening to the wind outside.
And another thing. Since April 2019, our Australian gov has discontinued the claim ability of Natural Therapies (your health insurance should have written to you about this by now).
This is hugely unfair as you pay for your private health insurance extras precisely to be able to claim your massage, shiatsu, naturopathy and other therapies.