With the cold and flu season nearly upon us and coronavirus causing a stir globally, now is the time to make sure you have good immunity! What is better than a warm, tasty nutritious soup to make you feel better?
We have all heard the saying eat the rainbow, having a colourful diet is so important. Including colour in your diet can ensure you’re getting enough fibre, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. It helps to protect your body against illness, bone density loss, digestive problems, cancer, heart disease, vision loss, hypertension and other diseases.
Let’s put all these colours in our stews and soups. You can also make a big batch and freeze what you don’t need.
This week I made two batches of soup for the freezer. I still had a ham bone and meat left over from Christmas that I had in my freezer, and thought I’d make a pea and ham soup.
I also stocked up on chicken and veggies to make another. That way if the worst happens and we have to be quarantined with the coronavirus, we have nutritious food to build up good immunity.
I see so many people stocking up their shopping trolley with non-nutritious food and I would love to see people going back to our grandparents’ ways and making their own nutritious food instead.
So, I thought I’d share my recipes. Now I have to say I am no chef and even I find this so easy. Literally chop everything up, put it in the crockpot and add a few cups of water. Add salt and pepper to taste.
If you are a vegetarian just use the vegetables. If you eat meat, try to get organic meat and use joints of meat, because the collagen in the joints helps your joints too. Remember we are making sure we have good immunity so it is important to get in as many colours as you can.
Ham & Pea Soup
Hambone, (If you have one)
2 cups of peas,
The ham and pea soup, used the rest of the meat I had in the freezer from my Christmas ham, the ham bone, 4 carrots, 2 onions and some peas. I cut it into bite size chunks and threw it all in the crockpot together, added salt and pepper and left it on a low heat and left it on overnight, about (12 hours).
12 chicken legs,
1 head of celery,
3 cloves of garlic,
I chopped everything up, added it to the crockpot, added 4 cups of water and turned the crockpot on low and left it on overnight.
If you can’t cook – you CAN DO THIS. It is simply adding vegetables, (meat – if you eat meat) seasoning and water and leaving it on a low heat overnight.
You can add your favourite vegetables. Potatoes is a favourite for alot of people. I don’t use them as my gut doesn’t like potatoes, so make your soup to suit you and use the veggies that make you feel GREAT!
Once you have cooked your good immunity soup, let it cool down and put it into containers to freeze. This can last up to 6 months in your freezer.
We can all look after our immune system and have good immunity with a little extra care.