What is it about soup that soothes us when we are under the weather? The warmth? The easy, smooth textures? The hydration? We are betting on all of the above and indeed, Dédé’s flu ridden husband, Damon, inspired this Sick Day Soup. We were thinking, what if we combined the best of our Jewish Nana’s chicken soup with some Japanese culinary comfort foods like miso and ginger with powerhouse foods like kale? This soup combines the best of both cultures and takes advantage of nutritionally dense ingredients.
Simmer, Simmer, Simmer
Maybe you have never made soup before. It is one of the easiest things, really! Follow our instructions and you will be rewarded with a healing, comforting delicious soup! The gentle simmering time brings all the flavors together.
Now, best-case scenario is that someone makes this for you especially if it’s you that is feeling sick. But if you have to fend for yourself know that this is super easy to make – everything just goes into a big soup pot!
Sick Day Soup - aka Japanese Penicillin
This soup brings good old chicken soup into the millennium with Japanese influence via miso and a dose of nutrition packed kale.
Makes about 12 cups (2.8 L); serves 12
- 8 cups (2 L) Chicken Stock, either homemade or low-FODMAP purchased version, plus extra if needed
- 4 skinless chicken thighs - you could use bone in or out. Bone in gives more flavor
- 2 cups (134 g) shredded raw kale, large ribs removed
- 1 1/2 cups (105 g) shredded green cabbage
- 1/2 cup (36 g) finely chopped leeks, green parts only
- 2 bell peppers, preferably red, cored and cut into bite-sized strips
- 2 medium carrots, ends trimmed, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 parsnip, ends trimmed, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2-inch (5 cm) piece of peeled fresh ginger root cut in half
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce
- Miso - we like South River Miso Three Year Hearty Brown Rice Miso
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Place chicken stock, chicken thighs, kale, cabbage, leeks, bell peppers, carrots, parsnip, ginger root and soy sauce in a big stockpot. Make sure there is enough chicken stock to cover all the ingredients; add more if needed.
- Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn heat down and simmer covered for at least 1 hour; feel free to simmer longer if desired to further meld flavors.
- Soup is almost ready to serve. Simply fish out the two pieces of ginger and remove the chicken bones, if used. Shred or chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces and return to the soup. Taste and correct seasoning. You might want a bit more soy sauce or you could add salt and pepper but remember that the miso you are about to add will also increase the saltiness. We think this soup improves after being refrigerated overnight. This would be the step where you would cool the soup and then refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat before proceeding.
- If you are going to be serving out of the pot to a crowd, then you can add the miso to the whole batch. What we like to do is ladle the soup into individual bowls and pass the miso. Each person can add a good dollop - about a tablespoon - to their serving and stir it into the hot soup to incorporate. If you are seasoning the batch with miso, start with a half cup, taste, and adjust from there.
- You can certainly eat the soup as is, but you can also add cooked rice, quinoa or noodles, if you like.
If You Can Tolerate
Fructans: If you have passed the garlic fructan Challenge we strongly recommend that you add at least 3 chopped garlic cloves to the soup before simmering.