I usually have a very strong immune system. My career all started in the preschool room where the unthinkable manifestation of bacteria is bred. But today, I was defeated.
I started the day with a bit of a cold but nothing too bad. I painted, I was outdoors, I was a little fatigued but nothing I could not handle. Runny nose!? HEY, that’s just my body protecting me … right? Wrong. Because as that one child coughed yet again with saliva spray in all directions, I was taken out.
By the end of the day, I could not bend over and pick anything off the floor without feeling dizzy. Sinus pain, constant runny noise, and my head felt so congested I could barely tell left from right. To make it worse, I had a priority task that I needed to complete which due to the constraints of my life and an incompetent bureaucracy, required me getting from the suburbs to down town Toronto using our toll highway. The result of this being that I had to travel from Yonge Street to my apartment at 4:30PM across the 401 (remember in my last post when I commented that I’m a bit of a traffic masochist? YEA … well, then this was paradise) #sarcasm.
I walked into the apartment exhausted. I could not even look at my treadmill. I needed food but not just any food. I needed a homemade soup that pureed all the nutrients my body needs to fight this menacing illness and while also being quick to prepare.
There is a bunch of research that explores why bodies crave certain things. I personally have experienced it, for example, when I am stressed to the max … pizza. The carbs. The sauce. The oil. All a quick dopamine hit – usually followed by a crash, but nonetheless. For this soup, I decided I was going to be very mindful and think about what my body wanted. I smelled things, I looked at things, I had a full sensory experience (limited to about 5 minutes because I needed to lay down) and then, I put it in a pot.
To my surprise, this soup is filling, delicious, and I actually feel just a smidgen better – I still need rest but it definitely helped – even if it just warmed me up to the perfect temperature.
WHY Don't They Cover Their Mouth Mending Soup
- 2 TBSP coconut/ flax/ olive oil (either works, I used coconut)
- 3 onions chopped - but you can be lazy about this
- 4 whole garlic cloves
- 1 TSP turmeric
- 2 TSP garlic powder
- 1 TSP ginger I used powdered but you could definitely use fresh
- 1/2 TSP paprika
- 1 TSP red pepper flakes
- 1/4 TSP salt
- 1/4 TSP pepper
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 tin diced tomatoes
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- Using a soup pot, heat the stove on medium/ high and add oil of choice.
- Chop up 3 large onions. You can be sloppy here. I was tired and watery eyes were not my choice.
- Place the onions in the pot with whole cloves of garlic and sauté until the onions are starting to brown.
- Add the turmeric, garlic powder, ginger, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the onions and garlic and stir the pot so the onions and garlic are coated in the spices. The soup should be fragrant. Don't panic if there is some browning of the spice because that is nothing but delicious flavour. Continue to sauté for a minute or two.
- Shake and pour a can of full fat coconut milk into the pot. It will turn a beautiful yellow colour. Mix the coconut milk around picking up all that delicious spice that may be stuck to the bottom of the pot.
- Add in 1 tin of diced tomatoes and let soup simmer at medium/ low for about 5-10 minutes.
- Turn off the stove and let soup cool down before transferring it to a blender with lemon juice and blending for 3 minutes. Alternatively, if you have an immersion blender, that would be way better.
- Pour pureed soup into a bowl and remember that this illness too, shall pass.