Can you believe it is February? The month of love, celebrating heart health and Black history in America, and the Super Bowl. It is also the middle of winter, and sometimes that can lead to feeling a little unexcited about what to put on the table. This Mushroom Spinach soup is the perfect winter go-to meal, as it is both hearty and immune boosting. It is packed full of nutrients and nutrition boosters that will help you be your healthiest!
We love all the tasty ingredients in this soup that make it super delicious and nutritious! Read below for all the juicy details on how the ingredients will give your body a health boost starting today. Below you will find the full recipe and notes on how to add more protein to make it a full Cambiati clean meal.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms are really amazing vegetables that have their own family – the fungi family. .They are high in selenium, and other minerals and vitamins. Research has shown their excellent anti-cancer benefits, and immune enhancing properties. In traditional Chinese medicine certain mushrooms are symbols of longevity and health (shiitake and reishi), and wellness and vitality (maitake).
Grass-fed ghee: Ghee or clarified butter can be heated to higher temperatures without burning than regular butter, and it lasts longer. It’s also full of fat-soluble vitamins, and healthy fatty acids that are important. Ghee is also free of lactose and casein protein which makes it an excellent option for those with lactose intolerance or simply wanting to avoid these elements.
Spinach: Spinach has broad nourishing qualities that includes being high in several important minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium), and vitamins (vitamins B2, B6, K, E, and A). Spinach is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially within the digestive tract.
Bone Broth: Bone broths contain glycosaminoglycans, along with magnesium, calcium, and other bone-building and joint-health supporting materials. These broths are wonderful to add to soups, and stews, and use in place of water when braising vegetables, or cooking grains.
Nutrition boosters: Thyme, Turmeric Powder, Cumin, Coriander
Thyme is an antioxidant that has been used in trad
itional medicine in connection with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion.
Turmeric Powder contains several parts, one of these – curcumin is known (when combined with black pepper) to be highly anti-inflammatory. Recent studies of turmeric have shown its link to improving cognitive function, blood-sugar balance, and kidney function.
Cumin is an excellent source of iron which is instrumental in keeping the immune system healthy. Cumin has also been shown to benefit the digestive system, and it has anti-cancer properties.
Coriander is full of phytonutrients, and traditionally been used as the “anti-diabetic” spice, for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Recipe for Mushroom Spinach Soup
Serves 6; Time Required 30 minutes
- 6 Tbsp. unsalted Ghee or grass-fed butter
- 1/2 pound shallots, finely diced
- 1 and 1/4 pounds mixed mushrooms (cremini, chanterelle, shitake)
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch of allspice
- 5 cups water or bone broth
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 8 oz. baby spinach
- Heat 3 Tbsp. ghee/butter in a large pot and 3 Tbsp. ghee/butter in a separate medium skillet or pot.?
- Brown half the shallots in each of the two pots. When the shallots become translucent, add ½ the chopped mushrooms in each pot. Season with salt.?
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are well browned. Add the shallot mushroom mix from the skillet to the other mix in the pot. Season with salt.?
- Stir in the tomato paste, thyme, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and allspice. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.?
- Stir in 5 cups of water or broth. Add up to ½ tsp salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook gently for 20 minutes.?
- Add the spinach leaves and cook until just wilted, 1-2 minutes.?
- Thin with water/broth as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Notes: To add protein to this soup we suggest the following options:
- Add 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
- Add 1 pound cooked ground turkey
- 1 can of beans, rinsed well (garbanzo or kidney beans would probably work well)
- 2 cups cooked lentils