This is a great easy soup to make for lunch or dinner that has a ton of flavor. You can mix in the ingredients you like the most I used red peppers and ground chicken, and top it with cilantro, lime and avocado. If you like spicy you can add chili peppers and jalepeños on top. I made this in the instantpot (if you don't have one, get one!), but you can also use a crockpot or large stove pot.
Tip: If you brown your meat first in the bottom of the instant pot on "sauteé setting", it gives the soup more flavor.
Healthy tip: Eating food with spice helps increase circulation which can boost immunity, keep you warm, and support metabolism.
Serve your topping with the soup, feel free to add crumbles of tortilla chips for some crunch, delicious!
Garlic Mushroom Beef Stew
I love garlic. I cannot say it enough, it is a great immune booster, it is a powerful antimicrobial. I literally eat it everyday, and I have taken two sick days in the past 7 years of practice. It tastes amazing in a soup. This particular soup I also added cabbage, beef, beef stock, and carrots. Lot's of flavor, and easy to make. Perfect for a QUARANTINE :) Mushrooms and root veggies stay good in the fridge for long periods of time. Garlic as well, in fact you can also get canned or dried garlic and it keeps for a long time.
Tip: Stock up on bone broth in case you want to make a large soup. Save the extra for lunch or multiple dinners in a row.
Healthy tip: Mushrooms are excellent immune boosters. They keep for a while in the fridge.
What a great time to boost immunity. I know everyone is spending more time at home right now, what a great way to research more recipes for cooking. Root vegetables stay good for a long time in the fridge. I typically use carrots, turnips, daikon, celery root. Herbs like rosemary, oregano, sage, and thyme have antimicrobial properties, as well as garlic. Use these herbs in soup to get extra immune protection against bad invaders.
Tip: Frozen chicken or fish or beef stays in the freezer good for at least 1-2 months. Keep these around when you want to use them for a meal, take them out and defrost.
Healthy Tip: Garlic is my favorite immune booster, it is a strong and powerful antimicrobial, have it daily to support your immune system!
Coconut Milk Turkey Chili ~ InstantPot recipe
Tis the season for warm chili with lots of flavor and spices. I like making chili because it is very easy to make, plus you can stick all kinds of extra veggies and protein in it to make a full heart meal. I used lean turkey meat but you could also use ground beef instead. The beans are kidney beans, and you can use any kind for extra fiber and protein. I like spice so I added extra green chilies and siracha sauce at the end. Feel free to top it with a dallop of greek yogurt instead of sour cream, or cheese and sliced jalapeno. In this chili I added coconut milk to the sauce, but this isn't necessary. In fact you can also add pumpkin puree or traditional diced tomatoes instead of the coconut milk for a great tasting chili.
Tip: Adding the spinach at the end helps it retain the green bright color and most of the nutrients. The spinach will soften in the heat of the cooked chili.
Healthy tip: Beans are high in carbohydrates but mostly complex carbohydrates, due to their high fiber content. This helps the blood sugar stay balanced, fiber is also good for lowering cholesterol and for colon health.