This is my absolute favourite immune-boosting pick-me-up soup for chilly days or when I feel a cold coming on. For those times when I don’t have fresh shitake mushrooms on hand, I like to keep dehydrated shitake mushrooms and lemongrass in the pantry and fresh Thai chili peppers in the freezer, just in case I feel called to make this soup. It never lasts long, so if you’re sharing it with others, you might want to double this recipe!
- favourite cooking oil for sautéing
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1–2 cloves garlic, finely minced or microplaned
- 2–3 Thai chili peppers, finely minced
- ½ inch fresh ginger root, finely minced or microplaned
- 4 cups water
- 2 tsp dried or fresh lemongrass, cut into tiny pieces
- 1 tsp tamari or coconut aminos
- 1 broccoli stalk, sliced into thin sticks
- 2 celery stalks, sliced thin
- 1 cup chopped shitake mushrooms
- 1 tbs miso (soy or chickpea)
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 6 oz firm tofu, cubed or cut in thin batons
- ¼–½ cup lemon juice, to taste
- Himalayan salt and black pepper, to taste
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- Sauté the onion, garlic, Thai chili peppers and ginger with the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
- Add the water, lemongrass, tamari, broccoli slices, celery, shitake mushrooms, miso and rice vinegar.
- Cook over a medium heat until the flavours begin to marry and the desired texture of the vegetables is almost achieved.
- Add the firm tofu, lemon juice and seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Before serving the soup, place some of the prepared scallions, cilantro and carrots in the bowls and then ladle the soup on top.
- Garnish with some cilantro or scallions and serve immediately.
Dr. Theresa Nicassio is a registered psychologist (#1541) and author of YUM: plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet (Sept 2015). Embracing a holistic perspective of health and certified as a gourmet raw food chef, nutrition educator and integrative energy healer, Theresa focuses her time providing psychotherapy to clients in her private practice in Vancouver.