Healing Asian Soup with Ginger, served with a Big Hug for Barbara
posted by Kalyn Denny on December 6, 2008
I made this healing Asian Soup with Ginger for a food blogging friend who’s going through chemotherapy, and it’s a tasty soup for anyone who needs some comfort in a bowl. And this tasty soup is low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet approved.
Barbara from Winos and Foodies is one of those wonderfully genuine and positive people that everyone loves, even those of us who live halfway around the world and can only enjoy her spirit through the miracle of the internet. Recently Barbara courageously shared the news that the cancer she’s battled since 2004 has returned. She’s now undergoing another round of chemotherapy, so Ilva from Lucullian Delights and Bron from Bron Marshall have organized a giant virtual hug for Barbara to let her know how much healing energy is being sent her way. This healing soup is something I’d gladly make for Barbara if I could, so I’m sending her the recipe with all my love and best wishes.
I wanted to create a recipe that would be soothing for Barbara, and even though it’s summer in Australia, nothing sounded more healing to me than soup with lots of ginger to soothe the tummy. You can change the rest of this recipe any way you wish, but don’t skip the step of simmering the thick slices of ginger root in chicken stock.
For a clear soup, strain the chicken broth after you’ve simmered the ginger. (You can skip this step, but definitely the soup will be prettier and more appetizing if it’s strained. A coffee filter works well if you don’t have a yogurt strainer like the one I used above.)
Once you’ve infused the chicken stock with ginger and then strained it, add mushrooms, and cook one minute, then spinach and cook one minute more. Then add just the slightest bit of green onion for another few seconds. This is a soup that’s healing, soothing, and easy to make.
Healing Asian Soup with Ginger
(Makes 4 small servings, recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from several Asian cookbooks.)
4 cups homemade chicken stock (canned low-sodium chicken broth would work too)
3-4 thick slices fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced mushrooms (any type, but I used mild white mushrooms which seem more soothing for the tummy)
1 cup spinach leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
1 green onion, very thinly sliced
In medium saucepan, bring chicken stock to a low simmer. Add ginger slices and let simmer at least 15 minutes or longer. (Taste to see if you have as much ginger flavor as you’d like.) If you’d like a clear soup, use a yogurt strainer or coffee filter to strain the ginger-infused chicken stock, then rinse pan and put strained stock back into pan. Add a small amount of water if the stock has reduced very much.
While ginger simmers in stock, wash and slice mushrooms and thinly slice spinach leaves. Clean green onion and slice into very thin slices. Bring infused stock back to a low simmer, then add mushrooms and simmer 1 minute. Add sliced spinach and simmer one minute more. Turn off heat and add green onions, then serve soup hot, with chopsticks to eat the veggies after you drink the broth.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn’t have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. Or if you’re a member of Yummly, you can use the Yum button on my site to save the recipe and see the nutritional information there.