Healing Mushroom Soup

Posted by on November 13, 2007 | 6 Comments

Many people claim that they have found THE diet that keeps them free from colds for years.  Well, we haven’t found that diet as of yet, as my husband seems to have caught a cold.  But, our change in diet has yielded something interesting.  He is the type who gets a cold hard.  Whining ensues for a good 3 to 5 days while the cold is in full swing.  He is pretty much a waste case for a week.  Then he has lingering symptoms (causing more, though less severe, whining) for a good one to two weeks more.  Inevitably, we both end up wondering if he will every really get over the cold.

For the first time since I have known him, he is actually overcoming his cold, and in record time!  He felt something coming on Saturday, but wasn’t under the weather, just a slight sore throat.  Sunday he was sick, definitely a cold.  Today, he is actually working!  No whining at all, and his cold seems to be already in its tail end.  One bad day.  This is almost unprecedented! 

Can I say it is the vegan diet?  Who knows for sure, but he has been very strict to the diet, professing how much better he feels.  Perhaps the extra load of fruits and veggies we have been intaking is actually working.  Or perhaps it was the wonderful homemade soup I made for him yesterday, with love of course …


Healing Mushroom Soup (for two)

  • 1-2 Teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
  • 3-4 Ounces Extra Firm Tofu (about 1/4 of a package), Diced
  • 4-6 Mushrooms, Thinly Sliced
  • 3 Cups Mushroom Broth (Pacific Foods Organic Mushroom Broth goes on sale often)
  • 1 Cup Packed Spinach Leaves
  • 1 Cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1 Green Onion, Sliced
  • Additional Soy Sauce or Wheat-Free Tamari (for gluten-free) to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat the sesame oil over medium-low heat.  Add the garlic, tofu, and mushrooms and briefly saute, for just a minute.  Pour in the broth and bring to a simmer/light boil.  After a few minutes (when the mushrooms are just starting to look cooked), add in the spinach and continue with the light boil for another minute or two, until the spinach has wilted.

Clean the bean sprouts well, and divide them between two soup bowls.  Pour the hot/boiling soup over top of the bean sprouts.  Allow the soup to cool for 5 minute, the bean sprouts will also lightly cook during this time.  Top each bowl with a sprinkling of the green onions, and serve with tamari/soy sauce in case someone wants an extra hit of flavor/sodium in their soup.


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Comments (6)


  1. Sarena says:

    Your husband sounds just like mine with the cold! Now if I could only get him to give up meat…I don’t know if that will happen, but I will keep trying. He has definitely been more willing to give it up on a daily basis which is nice. He started doing the smoothie thing in the morning and he/I can tell a huge difference in the way he feels and looks(he has lost weight)! I totally think that more fruits and veggies is the way to go! Oh, the soup looks so good. I will definitely make this one soon!

  2. alisa says:

    Too funny. My husband loves the smoothies too. I make them for him almost daily. I would be curious to know what your smoothie creations, I need to branch out a bit!

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    haha, aww I hope your husband fully recovers from his cold soon; and hey, your husband’s “quicker recovery” so far is proof that a plant-based diet IS good for your health! :0)

  4. Sarena says:

    My husband mixes up the smoothies daily. He uses a soy based protein powder (it does have some dairy though, so I stay away from those), milk or carrot juice and frozen berries. His new favorite is a suggestion of mine that is protein powder, milk, frozen sliced bananas and peanut butter. It smells so good and it is a great way to give him a good protein boost in the morning!

  5. alisa says:

    Yummy! Well, except for the milk and protein powder part! Yes, frozen bananas make it more like a shake, which is so cool. I love adding a bit of almond butter too.

  6. Pearl says:

    Sounds delicious. And love your template. It’s decorative without being busy.

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