Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Broth & Soup

When the seasonal shift increased dramatically last month, I stumbled upon a great recipe for turmeric broth. As if the herb isn't already celebrated enough in the current wave of food, beverage, and beauty products, I am always looking for ways to add it into my life. The power of turmeric touches on so many physiological realms – the well known anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin (turmeric's active compound) can reduce the pain from injury, arthritis, and various gastrointestinal issues. But it has also been linked to cancer prevention and heart health.

 

As I've discussed before, my energetic tendency is to run cold and dry, so I am always on the look for recipes and strategies to add warmth and nourishment, especially when it's getting so cold outside – we had our first flurry the other day! The turmeric broth is soothing alone, but I wanted to try it as a meal to keep me fed during lunchtimes throughout the week, so I added some satisfying extras...

 

Recipe for broth:

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 cups veggie or chicken stock

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or finely minced

  • 4 - 5 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced

  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or 3 teaspoons fresh turmeric, finely grated)

  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon coriander

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 - 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

In a large dutch oven, sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add ginger. Lower heat to medium low and sauté 5 minutes until it begins to brown, stirring often. Add garlic, sauté 2 minutes. Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute. Add water, stock and salt. Bring to a simmer. Add vinegar or citrus. Taste. Adjust salt, acid and spice level to your liking. (from Feasting at Home)

 

What I added:

  • 1/2 cup wild rice (could use brown or basmati rice, too)

  • 2 cups garbanzo beans

  • Too much kale to measure

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