I have been sick this week. Some horrible virus has wreaked havoc on my immune system, and I’ve been taken down for the count in more ways than one. I do not take well to being stuck in bed, day after day, but this is the kind of bug that leaves me with no other choice but to do just that. I haven’t even had the energy to blog until now.

The other night, I had a momentary burst of energy, and with no canned soup in the house, decided to make some healthy soup that would carry me through the next few days. It turned out delicious, and several people have asked me for the recipe. So, here it is, my Magic Healing soup. Let’s hope it kicks in for me in the next day or so…I can’t take much more of this housebound stuff.

Disclaimer: I make no guarantees that this soup is either healing or magic. I just like calling it that. I do, however, believe that if you eat this soup, you will at least feel comforted and be getting some much needed nutrition at the same time.

Suzemuse’s Magic Healing Soup

The best part about this soup is you can adapt it to your own preferences. I made it with some frozen tilapia fillets I had on hand, but if you don’t like fish, or are vegetarian, you could use any kind of protien. But use some kind of protien! It’s important to good healing soups. It’s super easy to make this soup, which means if you have to drag yourself out of bed to make it yourself it’s not going to be too taxing – you don’t even have to chop anything, really.

The good stuff about this soup? Chicken broth is known for its healing properties. It’s full of protein from the meat, beans and corn, which is important to keeping your energy up. Spinach is high in vitamins including vitamin C and the fibre in the beans and spinach will keep you…well, you know. Fennel, cumin, turmeric and lemon juice all have astringent and antiseptic qualities, to flush those bad things right out of you.

Ingredients:

3 tilapia fillets cut into cubes (or 2 chicken breasts cubed, or a few cups of shrimp)
1 1/2 cups navy beans (soaked overnight) or 1 can of lentils
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 1/2 cups frozen chopped spinach
4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 can peaches and cream corn
1 teaspon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Put all ingredients in a pot. Pour in water and chicken broth. Simmer for approximately 40 minutes. Pour into bowl and enjoy.

Feel better soon!