Illness spreads, dear readers.
I work in retail. As such, I spend a large portion of my day handling other people’s money. News flash–your money is filthy. And I have to touch it. You bastards.
To cut costs, I ride the bus to school, because lets face it, I am not giving those thieving pieces of crap another dime of my money just so I can keep my car there for a little while. I pay for the damn bus pass anyway, so I’m going to go ahead and take that, thank you. Oh wait…other people ride on the bus. Sick, sick, sick people.
Did I mention that Olive goes to school. With other children??
It’s a wonder we aren’t all dead.
Thankfully, for my family, I’m way too big a flake to spend a large amount of time caring about any of this. Germs happen, I don’t spend my waking life eradicating them and when someone gets sick, I make SOUP.
You’ll notice this recipe calls for an awful lot of ginger, and to be honest, I added more in there as it was cooking (it was, admittedly, a bit spicy). I read, long ago, that ginger heals everything, including sinus problems. This was probably a complete lie, but the spice itself cleared us out pretty nicely and got the ol’ nasal passages flowing (sexy, right? I should totally write romance novels). There are tons of veggies and the beans and grain will make this a complete meal in a bowl, which is good, because you aren’t going to have the energy to cook much else, now are you?
Stop Whining and Get Back To Work Soup
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic
8 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup almond (or soy, rice, dairy, whatevah) milk
1/2 cup of brown rice, quinoa, cracked wheat, or whatever grain of your choice (I bet barley would taste great)
1 15oz can of Great Northern or Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups chopped kale (or spinach, chard, turnip greens, etc)
2 tsp (ish) ground ginger
1 tsp curry powder
Heat the oil in a stock pot and add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until the onions appear edible (translucent) and add the broth, almond milk, ginger, curry powder, beans, and grain. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to simmer. While this is happening, chop the kale. The kale will be considerably less excited to see you:
Oh, you again?
But that’s ok, because since you are sick, you should be leaping with joy over seeing it. That stuff is so good for you it ought to be criminal.
After simmering for around thirty minutes, throw in the greens. After moments it will shrink, and in a few minutes the texture will be so dreamy and welcome in your bowl, along with the feel better aroma and flavor, you’ll be ready for seconds before you’ve even ladled out your portion.
Please buy me a new camera. Mine sucks so much.
Eat, and feel better.
Because it’s only a matter of time before that little shit brings you home more of the plague.