We honestly couldn't think of a better time than NOW to pump your body full of healthy, nutritious ingredients!
Sure, washing your hands, social distancing and using hand sanitizer are all really important things you should always be doing, but building a strong immunity starts from within! The best kinds of vitamins and minerals, come from whole food sources FIRST, and supplements LAST. If you (or your family) are like so many that have a hard time eating all your daily doses of vegetables, soup is one of the best ways to get them in!
A couple of the major immune-boosting ingredients in this soup that you will find are:
Turmeric: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
Ginger: Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, improves digestion
Bone Broth: Supports immune function, digestion and gut health, contains many important vitamins, minerals and amino acids, anti-inflammatory
Now let's get to the good stuff!
IMMUNITY BOOSTING SOUP
Makes 6 servings
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 TBS tomato paste
1 large sweet potato, (about 1/2 lb) diced into ½” cubes
1 box of Banza Chickpea Pasta, uncooked
1 cup lentils, uncooked and rinsed
5 cups chicken or beef bone broth (to make vegan, use vegetable broth)
1/2 cup spinach, torn into 1” pieces
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute.
Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the turmeric, paprika, tomato paste and cayenne pepper and continue to cook for 1 minute.
Add the lemon juice, sweet potatoes, lentils, and broth and bring to a boil.
Once the soup begins to boil, add in the chickpea pasta and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potato is soft.
Add spinach and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the spinach has softened and wilted slightly.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.