Flu season is upon us and being sick is no way to ring in the new year. I didn’t get my flu shot this year – because I’m invincible (hah!) – so I’m doing all I can to boost my immune system. Want to join me? Incorporate some of the foods below into your daily routine. Got some immune boosting recipes of your own? Share them in a comment!

 

Immunity Boosters

 

Immunity Soup

Immune Boosting Foods

 

I found this beautiful soup on 101 Cookbooks. This is a new website for me and I absolutely love it. The photos elicit a calm feeling from me and I adore the rustic touch of it all. When I saw this soup, I knew right away I had to try it. I made a couple changes, like adding a bit of chicken base, a bit of jalapeno, and leaving off the pea shoots because I didn’t have any. But the white pepper broth is so unique and delicately delicious I urge you not to leave this ingredient out. You must simply just make a quick trip to the store for some white pepper. I also added a bit of cous cous (so nice they named it twice) to make a bit more substantial for my honey; he’s a runner and puts in a lot of miles each week, so it would be quite inconsiderate of me to provide him with a carb-free meal. [Tweet “Cous cous cooks so quickly, all you have to do is put some in the bottom of your soup bowl and pour your soup over it. Once the soup is cool enough to eat, the cous cous is cooked.”]

 

 

Serves ~4

1 TBS coconut oil

3 carrots,chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBS fresh ginger, grated

1/2 jalapeno, chopped

10 cups water

1-2 TBS chicken base (optional)

1.5 cups mixed oyster + cremini mushrooms

8 oz firm organic tofu, cut into thin slabs

1 tsp salt

3/4 tsp finely ground white pepper

To serve: lots of chopped scallion and thinly sliced radish. Cous cous, if using.

Heat the oil in a large stock pot and stir in the carrot, onion, celery, garlic and ginger. Cook until soft but careful not to brown too much. Stir in the pepper, chicken base and the water. Bring the pot to a simmer and let it go for about 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms, tofu and salt and gently simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust as needed. Place 1/4 cup uncooked cous cous      in the bottom of each bowl and ladle soup atop. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. Top with scallion and radish when ready to enjoy.

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