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Immune Boosting Stamina Soup

Photo by J L Liew

If you live in So-Cal you’re fully aware that Santa Ana season has arrived in full-wind! At the first sign of wind-cold-dryness-attack last week, I began downing bowl after bowl of my Chinese medicinal inspired stamina soup. Although I usually have a beef stock on hand, this time I was without, so I turned to a 12 ounce container of organic beef broth. Along with my vegetables, herbs and spices, it did the trick and I’m feeling great now!

This soup might look scary to the kids, but that doesn’t mean you can’t convince them it’s tasty. Use a hand blender to mask all of the veggies and herbs… We like to call it Disappearing Vegetable Soup. If it seems too strong for your tot, try this family recipe, contributor, Laura Seery adapted (you’ll also find some great ways to interact with kids and food too).

Medicinal Use


This soup is indicated where wind-cold and wind-dryness has attacked the exterior. The acrid, dispersing, warming nature of these ingredients enforces the treatment principle below.

Treatment Principle

Eliminate wind by stabilizing the exterior, dispersing coldness, regulate yang, the lung and stomach channels, gently moisten dryness.


This treatment principle regulates and fortifies immunity and endocrine function. Please email me if you’d like to hear more about the phyto-bio-availability of therapeutic compounds.

Here’s What You’ll Need

12 ounces organic beef stock
1/2 onion (choose whichever is in season) chopped coarsely
1 leek stalk chopped coarsely
6 coarsely chopped bulbs of garlic
1/2 jalapeno pepper chopped including seeds
10 pieces Huang Qi/Chinese Astragalus
5 pieces of Da Zao/Chinese Date
6 slices of Sheng Jiang/Ginger slices
1/2 teaspoon sage powder
1/2 pound rice noodles or bean curd noodle or brown rice (optional)
1/4 pound shaved organic beef (optional)
2 tbl Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
4 tbl Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 cup seasonal mushrooms coarsely chopped
2 tbl black sesame oil

Make It

1. After you done your chopping, in a large soup pan, sautee garlic and onion over medium heat with sesame oil for five minutes
2. To this add broth or stock, apple cider vinegar and liquid aminos
3. Add your chopped herbs, spices and vegetables stirring to a quick boil
4. Once it’s reached a boil, reduce, simmer and cover for 30 minutes
5. Last 5 minutes of cooking, either add rice or noodles. These can be cooked separately and added at the end as well.
6. If you’re adding shaved beef, add this the last 15 minutes.

Enjoy! Stay healthy!


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