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Immunity Boosting Onion Soup Recipe

I used to get sick a lot. I ran myself ragged sleeping little and hurrying from place to place. I seldom took preventative measures. Instead, as soon as a cold snuck up on me, I popped zinc pills, downed gallons of orange juice and took nighttime cough syrup before bed. Still, every season, the bug hit me a number of times. Since I changed my lifestyle, though, I get sick less. I sleep more, eat clean, walk a lot, use less toxic products and overall keep a hearty, positive spirit. Even though I’ve changed my ways, I’m not about to say that I’m not prone to sickness especially now that I’m on this new chemo pill. So, while I realize that there is no one superfood or miracle activity to boost my immunity, I’m always intrigued with wholesome or natural modalities. Initially when the media made such a fuss over bone broth soup, I discounted it because I’m vegan and don’t eat meat. After speaking with a naturopathic oncologist recently, who suggested I consume it regularly, I started to explore it further.

Through two conversations with naturopathic doctors and reviewing media stories on the web, I learned there are some likely benefits from eating or drinking bone broth soup with little harm. The minerals from the bones are said to calm inflammation in the body, so if I’m fighting allergies or a cold, it seems to soothe inside and out.

Truth be told, this information isn’t terribly new, as my mother, grandmother and probably yours, too, encouraged us to eat chicken soup when sick. I still have my reasons for not eating meat, but I’ve been turned onto bone broth soup. I plan to visit a butcher and make my own bone broth from organic, grass fed chicken or beef. In the meantime, I found a product a Pacific bone broth product that’s organic and low in sodium, so I’ve been exploring making my own onion soup with it.

Below is my favorite recipe to date. This recipe chocked full of onions and topped with nutritional yeast, will satisfy French onion soup fans. My 6-year old even liked it and asked for more after he finished his first bowl.

Immunity Boosting Onion Soup

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PrettyWellness.com Immunity Boosting Onion Soup Recipe
 
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This recipe will satisfy healthy eaters who crave French Onion Soup but don't want the calories. It's a hearty soup filled with minerals from the bone broth and nutrients from the veggies.
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Healthy Onion Soup
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes of Pacific Organic Bone Broth soup (64 ounces)
  • 6-8 onions
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp. thyme
  • 2 tbsp. Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • **Serve with organic nutritional yeast
  • **Optional: Add 2 tbsp. organic, cold-pressed apple cider vinegar if you like a slightly tart taste
Instructions
  1. Pour bone broth and chopped celery in a pot and boil
  2. Chop onions and saute in grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil
  3. Once onions are sautéed / browned add to broth
  4. Add bay leaves, thyme, grapeseed oil, Himalayan sea salt and apple cider vinegar (optional) and simmer for an hour (or until celery is at the desired consistency)
  5. Serve with organic nutritional yeast (1 tbsp. per bowl of soup)
Notes
If you do not want to sauté the onions, add them raw to soup, increase grapeseed oil to ¼ cup (rather than 2 tbsp.) and simmer for two hours or until onions / celery reach desired consistency.

Do you have a favorite immunity boosting recipe or cold-calming favorite food?

12 Comments

  1. Was this a #onenewfood?! Looks amazing! I’ll have to try it! Stumbling and pinning!
    Kristen recently posted…Inspiring Kindness & Gratitude + Chalkboard Manners FREE Printable

    • Yes, it was our #onenewfood = onions. Kyle actually liked the soup, so I saw it as a success. I posted one of the photos with the hashtag on social media. I will post more this week to promote #onenewfood, too.

  2. I love this! As a vegetarian myself, I saw the articles about bone broth and was feeling left out. I am all about soup these days and loving my Soup Club w my friends. Glad we connected and look forward to seeing some of your recipes on our Meatless Monday link up!! It’s open all week
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    • I would love to stop by Meatless Mondays. Thanks for letting me know. I’m interested to hear more about your Soup Club. I love creamy vegan soups made with cashews. My son is allergic to nuts, so I can’t make them. However, whenever I’m out to eat at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant I try to eat one.

  3. My husband HATES onions but I love ’em… especially in soup. If I made this it would probably be for one (maybe I could convince my youngest to try it too).

    Sounds fabulous though!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…Read Brightly Book Giveaway for Kids

    • I love onions especially cooked…AND I love soup. I will say that even though my family will eat this, I usually make a big pot and eat it for lunch and dinner over a course of a few days. I hope you like it.

  4. I love onions and I love the idea of making a soup that boosts my immune system. Right now there is so much diseases going around and I am tired of being sick! Thanks for sharing this. I believe I will be making up a batch very soon :)
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    • Enjoy. I just made a batch today and I’ve already eaten two bowls. My intensions are to make it for family dinner then have a serving for lunch the next day. We’ll see if I make it. It is that time of year where everyone gets sick, so I love soups to make me feel all warm inside. xoxo

  5. The soup looks so good!
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  6. This soup sounds AWESOME!! Probably, sounds great to me because, I love onion soup, I’d have to talk the others into eating this with me. :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    XOXO
    Mrs. AOK recently posted…Thank You Notes: Halloween, Culture, & a Birthday Girl

    • Thanks. I, too, think onions are the best especially when they are cartelized in a pan. I could eat an entire bag. Let me know if you try the soup or if you find another great one. xoxo

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