This soup was inspired by my daughter’s encounter with strep throat. It was our first time dealing with strep in our household. As usual, I immediately sought out supporting remedies that Nature had to offer me. Almost every vegetable listed in this recipe contains healing properties for not only the strep bacteria, but many other common viruses and illnesses. The bonus? … it’s delicious, soothing to any irritated throat and perfect for a cold Winter’s day. A Family Favorite for sure, and a kind gesture to make for friends and neighbors who may be struggling with sickness!
Get Well Soon Soup
A Simple, Satisfying, and Soothing Soup for the Body & Soul
- 4 cups filtered water or low-sodium vegetable broth
- 5 cups fresh diced tomatoes (no sugar added!)
- 10-15 Garlic Cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1 Large White Onion, chopped
- 1 cup Celery, chopped
- 2 cups Butternut Squash or any Winter Squash, cubed
- 6 Mushrooms, medium-sized, chopped… sun-exposed!** (see note below)
- 12-16oz fresh spinach
- 2 tsp Dried Oregano (or 2 Tbsp fresh)
- 1 tsp of the following dried herbs:(or 1 TBSP fresh)
- 1-2 Bay Leaf
- 1 tsp Sea Salt or to taste (optional)
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Cayenne Pepper to taste (optional)
- In a medium-large pot bring the water, diced tomatoes, garlic, onion, celery, and squash to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add the spinach, mushrooms, herbs and seasonings.
- Simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
***Sun exposed mushrooms contain the Vitamin D2 to keep your levels raised when sun exposure is not available to you! Consistent Vitamin D2 intake from mushrooms has been thoroughly researched, and the benefits are promising for stabilizing the body’s Vitamin D levels throughout the Winter (or in the case of lack of sun exposure).
To enhance store-bought mushrooms’ Vitamin D content, simply set them in a sunny spot for 2 days. You will even notice them get a little “tan” ! Rrefrigerate after tanning them. Vitamin D2 tolerates heat and will not be destroyed when cooked.
The increase of strep-throat incidences directly correlates with our sun exposure, which contributes to why strep tends to spread faster in the cold season, when the sun tends to hide it’s medicinal rays! Regular consumption of mushrooms are an excellent way to keep those levels up!