Most of my insta-fam already knows that I have been sick for the past three days now, so it’s no surprise that I’m sharing a soup recipe with y’all. Normally, I’m not up for doing much of anything when I’m sick – I’m a huge pain in the back side. Not really a “take care of me, I need attention” type of mood – but a leave me alone and don’t ask me for anything type of mood. I usually can’t function the first couple of days, but the rest and exercise I’ve been getting lately has given me more energy than I normally would have while sick.
Surprisingly enough, I’m sitting up here typing a blog post. HA! Shout out to me for not being knocked down by this little weak cold. A few weeks ago I shared with you guys my goal for the school year and getting the kid and myself up and ready for the day early and being on schedule.I’m happy to say though I’ve been sick, I’ve still managed to stick to the schedule. Waking up a 5:30am, reading and praying. Cooking breakfast, preparing lunch and out on a morning bike ride by 7:20am to make sure the kid is on time for school. I think I’m doing pretty good here. Aside from two days I didn’t get up on time, so we sacrificed breakfast just to still be on time for school. I’m so determined for him to get perfect attendance this year.
Anyways… when I first realized I was sick it was on Monday, I thought it was due to food and drinks not sitting well with me after a party Bear and I attended. So I just rested and drank plenty of water hoping it would pass. Then Tuesday arrived…. I woke up with a voice as deep as Barry Whites’, and aching body, and the feeling of sand paper in my throat. I had to get control of this thing asap. When I get sick it’s normally for a about week – I don’t have a week to spare. This thing needs to be gone by Friday!
Rather than sitting around wallowing in my sickness, I got up, stuck to my routine, and once the kid was off to school – I was off to the grocery store. I got the usual, you know cough medicine, theraflu, alkaline water, and some stuff to make soup. An easy soup. A throw it in the pot and forget it soup.
Why didn’t I buy store bought soup? Because I rather die, than eat a can of lead filled chicken broth full of sodium and artificial meat product. The same goes for vegetable soup too.
Here’s a super easy, sure fire soup that will soothe soar throat, knock out a cold, or just give you some down right heartwarming comfort.
Hearty Vegetable Soup
– 2 quarts Chicken or Vegetable Broth
– 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
– 2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
– 1 Medium Onion, sliced
– 3 Whole Carrots, peeled and sliced
– 3 Stalks Celery, sliced
– 2 Medium Leeks, halved and sliced
– 2 C Fresh Corn
– 2 C Potatoes, large dice
– 3-4 Sprigs of Sage, finely chopped
– 1/4 C Fresh Parsley, chopped
– 2 C Black Kale, thinly sliced
– 1 Lemon, sliced for garnish
– 2-3 Tbsp Paprika
– salt & pepper, to taste
– 1-2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes, optional
In a deep heavy bottom pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, add onions, then carrots and celery. Sauté for about 1-2 mins.
Next, add leeks, corn, and potatoes. Sauté for 2 mins. Add sage and half the parsley, season with salt, pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes.
Add broth, stir, bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat.
Let cook for about 15-20 mins or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Stir in kale, let simmer for an additional 5-10 min.
Remove lid, add lemon and remaining parsley. Stir.