Homemade Soup | Healthy Detox Vegetable

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Welcome to 2015 everyone!  A new year that comes with new hopes, dreams and for many, a desire to improve their body as well.  Or at least expel some of the toxins, and bad habits we accumulated throughout 2014.  Whether it is exercise, eating better, or simply cutting back on drinking after a holiday filled with a lot of “cheers!”, January is always the month to kick off these resolutions.  What better way to eat healthy and expel those holiday toxins, than with an extremely tasty detox soup.

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Stop laughing, “tasty” and “detox” do belong together.  Our detox soup is delicious and easy to make.  The word detox sounds bad, but let’s examine what it really means.  To detoxify is to eliminate those things that clog our body by flushing them out with healthy foods.  Toxins like the pesticides we ingest, chemicals we touch everyday, preservatives we eat, alcohol and sugar laden beverages we drink and even the air we breath can all clog our body and make them run less efficiently.  Think of your body as you would or should a car.  If you don’t change the oil and fluids often, you get worse gas milage and performance.  If you continue to ignore it, those annoying engine lights go on, which is never a good thing.  Eventually, those small issues will cause your car to stop working altogether.  Well, guess what?  Your body is a lot like a car.  If we don’t flush the toxins from our body once in awhile, our body doesn’t work as well.  We get tired more easily.  We get aches and pains that we didn’t have before.  We gain weight and so on.  Ignore these issues, and they lead to breakdowns like heart conditions, intestinal problems, diabetes, or other conditions.  Keep ignoring them, and now you’re talking life threatening situations.  Everyone wants to turn to doctors for help.  I love doctors, but maybe if we just listened to our bodies a little more, we could avoid going to the doctor as much?
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Removing unhealthy foods, if even for a week, can be difficult for some.  Especially for people like us who work with foods all the time that are bad for you.  Imagine if during your detox diet, someone gave you a case of cheesecake or bacon and said “I can’t take this back, so you can have it.”  Now try to say “no, I’m on a diet, so no free cheesecake or bacon for me, but thanks.”  Yeah, good luck with that.  If you are tempted daily by evil foods, try to focus on foods that are good for you.  Think of it as the power of positive thinking.  Focus on the good, and ignore the bad.  Here are some good foods to focus on, that help detoxify the body.  I don’t recommend cheesecake or bacon by the way.  I normally recommend a food bank or homeless shelter for those items.  Let people who are down on their luck enjoy a slice or two of cheesecake or bacon.
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Beets, cabbage, onions, parsley, kale and other greens, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, cooked tomatoes and squash all have great detoxifying or health benefits that we should all be taking in natural form as much as possible.  Add good old fashioned H2O, and you have an incredibly filling, great tasting and effective food to help your body get rid of excess toxins.  Our detox soup recipe contains all of those ingredients.  The soup is cooked in 25-30 minutes in a pressure cooker, which seals in all the nutrients as well as the flavor.  If you haven’t ever worked with a pressure cooker, I highly recommend it.  Especially for soup.  I recently purchased one at an artisan knife and cookware store in Madison, WI called Wisconsin Cutlery & Kitchen Supply on University Avenue across from Whole Foods.  This is a deadly combo for me by the way.  An awesome grocery store and a kitchen equipment store in the same block.  Yikes!   Anyway, they recommended a brand of pressure cooker called Fagor.  It is a very easy to use 8 quart pressure cooker.  You can buy it here for about $100.  I do recommend that if you use a pressure cooker, that it be stainless steel and not aluminum.  Acidic foods like tomatoes can react with aluminum, and if you are trying to detoxify your body, adding additional metals to your body would not be a good thing.  It is also necessary to use organic produce and organic vegetable broth or filtered water when making this recipe.  You can’t detoxify your body of pesticides, if you’re adding more pesticides to your detox diet.
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There are many websites to get information about detox diets.  However, a very good friend of mine and former food stylist Kristin Arnett from Kristin’s Kitchen Holistic Nutrition is a valuable resource for getting more information about safe and effective ways of clensing your body of the everyday sludge life throws our way.  She lives in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  Kristin holds a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association for Drugless Practitioners.  She would love to hear from you or answer any questions you may have.  You can also look to sites that inform you about the benefits of healthy foods such as One Radio Network or other sites that encourage natural healing.  As for us, all I can do is give you our detox soup recipe, and send you out to others who are in the know.  Happy New Year and don’t forget to cook with love and live to cook.
Jim & Jena
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This hearty organic vegetable soup is loaded with flavor and cleansing benefits. It can be made in less than an hour, and lasts for days.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch organic beets with greens, washed
  • 4 med. organic carrots, washed
  • 3 small organic sweet potatoes, washed
  • 2 med. organic parsnips, washed and peeled
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 med. onion, peeled
  • 3 cloves organic garlic
  • 3 ozs. organic shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • 4 lg. organic kale leaves, washed
  • 1 Tbsp. organic garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 c. organic cabbage, chopped
  • 1 bunch organic parsley, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ozs.) organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8 c. organic vegetable broth
  • 1 c. filtered water
  • ¼ c. pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove beet greens from beets, chop both into bite size pieces and add to pressure cooker.
  2. Chop remaining raw vegetables into bite size pieces and add to pressure cooker.
  3. Add turmeric, cinnamon and vegetable broth. Fasten lid to cooker, by following directions of cooker.
  4. Cook over medium high heat for 25-30 minutes. Cooker valve should close allowing pressure to build in cooker. A steady release of excess pressure should be heard while cooking.
  5. After 25 minutes, carefully release pressure until all pressure is gone and top is able to be opened.
  6. Remove top, ladle into shallow bowls and serve.
  7. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and season to taste minimally with salt and pepper.
Notes
This soup can be used as a main detox meal. You can also use it as a non-detox soup by adding chicken, or tofu.

Kristin Arnett - Thanks for sharing I would love to help people with their health goals! ( misspelling/ correction)Kristin Arnett; Facebook: Kristinskitchenholistickitchen Website: kristinsholistickitchen.com

Steph - Your photos and styling are just stunning to say the least! I whole heartily agree with all that you said! Time to detox : D

Sridevi - Great soup to detox! Love the photos! All those veggies pop out giving a 3D effect! Looks rich and delicious!

Cami Moody - Do you have an optional recipe for those of us without a pressure cooker?

Sugar et al. - These photos are gorgeous! It is summer here and I am craving this soup. Seriously!

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caroline - Hi,
Question about the garlic. I noticed it’s on twice and wondered if it means that you’re putting 3 whole cloves of garlic in the soup in addition to 1 TBSP of chopped garlic.

At this very moment i’m making the soup so i’m risking it with putting in 3 whole + 1 TBSP of chopped 🙂

I’m sure we’ll enjoy it either way but just wanted to ask to be sure

Thanks!!! 🙂

ps
trying to make this without a pressure cooker@Cami, i’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m just cooking it on the stove and waiting for all the squash and sweet potatoes to soften

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