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Category: Soups

Seaweed Soup

Koreans serve seaweed soup to women right after they give birth, believing it to be a restorative soup that’s high in nutrients for new mothers. However, it’s not just new mothers who can benefit from this rich source of calcium, iodine and other minerals. A bowl of seaweed soup is good for anyone, any time.

Korean seaweed soup is a very simple soup. It’s made from wakame seaweed simmered in water with mushrooms, sesame oil, garlic and tamari. These ingredients come together into a comforting broth swirling with umami flavor.

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Green Tea Chicken Soup

A warm bowl of soup always tastes nourishing. Add green tea to the broth, and the soup is even more nourishing, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that can have a positive effect on a wide range of health issues. If you’re not a bonafide green tea lover, this soup might turn into a favorite way to “drink” green tea. The flavor that green tea adds to soup is very subtle, a little herbal, with just a hint of the astringency that tea is known for. Otherwise, it’s still the familiar, savory bowl of soup you love.

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West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew has many variations (different spices, different vegetables) but one thing is always the same, the broth is thickened with peanut butter (well, almost always….this delicious version is made with almond butter). Peanut butter adds a rich, creamy texture and a nutty flavor that makes this stew different from all others. West African Peanut Stew is so uniquely delicious that it’s definitely worth trying, peanuts and all.

Don’t fret. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, a small amount of natural peanut butter every now and then won’t hurt you. And this peanut stew has a lot to offer. Besides tasting great, each bowl is filled with vitamin E from red palm oil, from spices, and vitamin K and folate from the collards.

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Coconut Milk Oyster Stew

Oysters are most often served raw, or smoked in a can, so it’s easy to forget about good ‘ol oyster stew. Not exactly chowder or bisque, oyster stew is an uncomplicated meal. It’s little more than oysters and milk (or cream) warmed in a pot. It’s perfect in its simplicity.

So why mess with perfection? Milk, that’s why. It’s not for everyone. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll be happy to know that oysters and coconut milk is not such a bad combination. In fact, it’s delicious.

This coconut milk oyster stew is briny, savory, buttery and slightly sweet from the coconut milk. Fresh chives and chunks of melting butter (or ghee) finish the dish, elevating it from good to amazing.

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White Chicken Chili

White chili is called white chili for three reasons. One, it’s made with chicken, not beef. Two, it’s made with white beans. Three, it’s sometimes thickened with milk and flour, or cream.

Does white chili have a place at the Primal table? Absolutely. It’s easy to dispense with the milk and flour, since thickening the chili isn’t crucial to its flavor. What about the beans?  You can keep them in the chili if you like (although perhaps in smaller amounts than most recipes call for). Or, substitute cubes of celery root to provide a creamy but slightly firm texture that’s similar to beans. Like beans, celery root also has a neutral, but earthy flavor.

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Turmeric & Kale Soup with Ground Lamb

You definitely don’t need a head cold or respiratory infection to enjoy this soup, but if you do have the sniffles (or feel them coming on), turmeric soup is a delicious alternative to chicken soup.

This soup is loaded with ingredients that can potentially ease the symptoms of the common cold, or give your immune system a little boost during cold and flu season. Failing that, this soup is just plain delicious. So you really can’t go wrong.

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