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Grandma’s Healing Soup Recipe

Grandma’s Healing Soup Recipe

The author of this wonderful cookbook says heís been making this light restorative soup for his kids when theyíre sick for years–but that itís so delicious, you donít have to be sick to enjoy it! Either way, its luscious fragrance helps to clear the sinuses, with potatoes that are soothing to the digestive tract and a delightful broth filled with spinach, parsley, leeks, and garlic for minerals, vitamins, and healing antioxidants plus some winter root vegetables for sweetness. It reminded Cait of a lovely soup her Grandma used to make.

A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is so wonderfully soothing
and comforting–and it is very quick to make.


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, well-washed, white parts only, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 large potato, diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Large handful fresh spinach leaves (around 4 ounces), rinsed and coarsely chopped
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, then bring to a simmer.

2. Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.

Serves 4 to 5.

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Inspired by Soup Makes the Meal, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2001).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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2:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Thank you

3:22AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Looks delicious, ty for sharing :)

3:14AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Thank you Annie. Simple and healthy :)

8:05AM PST on Nov 11, 2013


5:27AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Making me hungry just reading the recipe.

3:03AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Go healthy, go natural

2:55AM PST on Nov 11, 2013


1:34AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you :)

8:28AM PST on Nov 10, 2013


12:47PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Will try it!! Thank you for the recipe!

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