Vegan Cure-All Soup


3 qts water in pot (at least a 4 quart pot)
4-6 cloves garlic (or 2 cloves elephant garlic)
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 parsnip, sliced
2 to 4 fresh tomatoes, pureed; or 1/2 cup tomato paste
4 slices fresh or dried ginger root, sliced thin (not to be eaten)
2 whole bay leaves (not to be eaten)
2 teaspoons miso paste
.3 to .5 cup parsley or lovage, preferably fresh leaves (less than half a bunch)
pinch fresh ground black pepper (or several pinches)
sprinkle turmeric - powdered root, or a small slice of the fresh root

Optional herbs, to taste, any of the following, dried or fresh:  tarragon, thyme, marjoram, curry.

Optional vegetables for variety: 
leeks, shallots, green onions, scallions
turnip or rutabaga
horseradish root (use sparingly)
carrot or beet, root or greens (use greens sparingly)


Peel ginger root and slice 3-6 large thin slices of fresh ginger.
Start heating the water in a pot and throw in
  • bay leaves
  • ginger slices

Chop parsnip (rounds), celery.
Peel garlic cloves, and slice.
Bring water to a rolling boil, then lower the heat to medium and add
  • parsnip
  • celery
  • garlic
  • tomatoes or tomato paste
  • miso

Allow to boil, uncovered for 15 minutes (or more)
Add parsley (or lovage), turmeric, pepper, optional herbs
Reheat to a boil briefly before serving.

Serving Information:

Remove bay leaves and ginger before serving.
Makes eight servings.
Soup will keep for up to 10 days refridgered and may be stretched by adding water.


NOTE 1:  Food as Medicine:
  • water:  replenishes fluids
  • garlic:  antiviral, an immune system enhancer.
  • miso, and celery:  electrolyte balancers.
  • parsnip:  blood-sugar balancer.  Contains many vitamins & minerals (A, B, K, calcium...).   Important for hypoglycemics all the time, and all folks when they are sick.
  • ginger root:  an immune system enhancer.
  • bay leaves:  a mucous membrane soother.
  • salt:  replenishes electrolytes.
  • red pepper:  an immune system enhancer.
  • parsley, lovage, turmeric:  a "blood purifier." Supports liver in cleaning out toxins.  Contains many vitamins & minerals.

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