Friday, November 5, 2010

Boost your immune system naturally...

The weather is getting colder. It's rainy. Colds and flu and rampant. How can you boost your immune system naturally? This soup had been a favorite natural remedy for years. I warn you - it is delicious and highly addictive!

Pumpkin Kale Soup

- 1 pound organic canned pumpkin (13-ounces)
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- 3 cups raw kale
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed (i keep the skin on for added nutrients)
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 1 large red pepper, chopped
- 2 celery, chopped
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen corn
- 1 cup edamame
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg

1. Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan and sauté the onion and garlic until tender.
2. Add the chicken or vegetable stock, potatoes, kale, carrots, celery, pepper, edamame and corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
3. Stir in the pumpkin, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook 5-10 minutes longer.

*Sometimes I will add the kale with the pumpkin to keep it from cooking as long.

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