Immune Boost Vegetable Onion Soup is slow simmered in natural medicinal properties from onion, turmeric, ginger, fresh herbs and mushrooms.
Immune boost onion soup with antioxidant properties from veggies, herbs and spices, is an age old wellness practice for everyday life.
Immune Boost, was probably the top focus of 2020, something we probably gave very little thought about before that year began.
Sometimes it’s wise to revisit ‘old school’ practices for health; that is, if you’re old enough to remember what they were, of which I am.
Old School Immune Boost Health
There was a hair client of mine, from 30-years ago, whose face came to mind often during 2020. She had dedicated her life to being a nurse at clinics, for those with little income.
I swear, I don’t remember any of us having medical insurance back in the early 70’s. This dedicated nurse’s commitment was for the poor, who could barely afford to live, much less afford a doctor visit now and then.
This kind, yet tough and knowledgable woman told me something about staying well, something we didn’t hear much of back in those days.
She said, “If you want to make your body strong and resistant to many of life’s illnesses, make a huge pot of onion soup (like, pounds of onions), and eat on it often”.
Back then we never spoke of an immune system, or food as medicine, but she did say there were chemicals naturally in onions, all types of onions, that had powerful abilities to keep you well.
SOUP For The Health Of It!
The Immune Boosting Onion Soup I am going to share with you is not only powerful in the immune department but an incredible cleanse, in the detox department as well.
I made this soup in early December 2020, froze small batches, and ate on it all throughout the busy month of flu/cold season.
It is fabulous for hangovers as well, simply because alcohol wreaks havoc with our hydration levels, sugar levels and is hard on our liver and kidneys.
Leeks Are ‘Superfood’ Onions
Why have a regular ole onion when you can have an onion on steroids!
Leeks are in the onion family (garlic family too), but leeks have so many health benefits it’s unreal! It’s vitamin K (for healthy bones), is off the charts.
Add to that, a huge mineral profile, vitamin C, iron, fiber and a bunch more benefits.
Once leeks are chopped and soaked in water to wash off the sand that settles between its layers, it is ready to use in so many different recipes.
One of my favorite ways to use leeks in a healthful, yet whimsical way, is to wrap Green Bean Bundles with Leeks. You eat an entire strip of leek along with other veggies at the same time.
How To Make Immune Boost Soup
For my immune boosting onion soup, I started with a huge heap of leeks.
Not the nice little, neatly cut and packaged leeks in some stores, but the big ole, massive, held together with a rubber band, heap of leeks.
From there, we layer on several other superfoods to make this an incredibly powerful, immune boosting soup.
Chop them into thin rings. Wash the heck out of them, they are loaded with sand between the cracks.
Lightly sauté in olive oil, then begin to layer on the other, purposeful ingredients, a splash of white wine and then simmer for an hour.
Puree some of the soup and add it back to the soup for a creamy appearance.
Pure Onion Soup
There is no need to use a meat broth with this onion soup because the many flavors simmered into this pot of onion soup, simply do not need it!
Serve it with a grain-rich bread, brown rice, quinoa, or sprinkle a little grated cheese on top, should you like an added measure of creaminess to this onion soup.
Be certain to portion out small amounts to pop into your freezer so a quick lunch or daily immune boost can be easily obtained. Simply reheat and eat!
Other Immune Boost Secrets
I am an avid believer that we are what we eat, and so why not choose the foods that will strengthen the body rather than fast-food, or pre-made foods by someone else.
If you’ve got a blender, food processor or simply a big soup pot, you are well on your way to using plants as medicine.
- Brazilian Health Smoothie – a quick blender smoothie with raw beets, carrots, banana and other flavor enhancers
- Gluten-free Power Energy Muffins – a quick bread made of oats and nut flour, sweetened with dates and raw cacao and perfect for meals on the go
- Citrus Health Hacks – a variety of citrus recipes from a sore throat popsicle to a ‘kill-ur-cold’ sip
- Fresh ginger
- Fresh turmeric
- Olive oil
- White wine
- Soup pot with a lid
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Vegetable peeler
- Cooking twine
Immune Boost Vegetable Onion Soup
- Heavy soup pot with lid
- Cutting board and knife
- 8 cups Leeks, chopped 4 large
- 3 Carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 Garlic head peeled and chopped
- 2 cups Celery, chopped
- 2 cups Spinach
- 2 cups Mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
- 1 tbsp Fresh Turmeric grated
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
- 2 Lemons juice and zest
- 1 bundle Thyme tied
- 1 tbsp Salt
- 1 cup White wine dry
- 6 cups Water
- Once the leeks are chopped, washed several times and drained, heat the olive oil in a very large pot, add leeks, stir and saute for about 2 minutes.
- From there, simply layer into the pot, the remaining bulk ingredients, pour in the liquid ingredients, bring to a quick boil, lower, cover and simmer for an hour.
- Remove the herb bundle. Scoop out about 3 cups of soup. Cool. Puree and return back to the soup. Soup is now ready to serve, or portion out into smaller servings for later servings.
- Soup can remain in the fridge for several days, or the freezer for several months.
- The addition of grated cheese, a dollop of plain yogurt, or kefir can add a creamy texture if desired.