This “Creamed Mushroom Love Soup” from Meghan Telpner’s “The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life” is an absolute GEM of a soup recipe, when it comes to a warming and grounding soup recipe with HIGH impact, nutritional power!
While I don’t consume mushrooms raw (a personal preference), I turn to deliciously flavourful recipes that incorporate mushrooms in a cooked state. Shiitake mushrooms were not a mushroom variety I purchased and cooked with until a short time ago. Knowing the nutritional benefits of this variety, I’m drawn to recipes that incorporate them. While this soup recipe notes that a mixture of different mushroom types can be used, I typically use strictly Shiitake, or a combination of Shiitake and button mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a compound that possesses immune-stimulating properties and polysaccharides (chemicals that boost the immune system).[i]
Beyond the impact of these mushrooms, I love the fact that this recipe incorporates turmeric spice. Turmeric's main, active ingredient (curcumin) is a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer agent (fighting free radicals that cause cellular damage).[ii] Therefore, I'm also drawn to recipes that work with this spice, given its impact on the body.
Lastly, fermented foods need to be a regular part of our diet. Fermented foods provide our gut ( our Microbiome) with the varied “good bacteria ” strains that it so desperately needs to keep our gut ecology and immune system in balance and functioning in an optimal state of health. Health starts in the gut! Due to the fact that this recipe includes a fermented ingredient (brown rice miso paste) as a component of the broth, I was SOLD! The miso paste also provides that added kick of flavour!
Some benefits of probiotic foods (foods containing live bacteria strains):
Makes gastrointestinal tract more acidic, reducing disease-causing microbes
Decrease toxin level/crowd out pathogens
Produce digestive enzymes
Help protect you from intestinal parasites and infection (and the ensuing inflammatory response) by producing antibacterial, anti-yeast and antifungal compounds
Supports mucosa (lining) of intestinal tract
Increases absorption of nutrients[iv]
"The UnDiet Cookbook" is a beautifully-photographed and meticulously-designed collection of plant-based recipes. It is designed with a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free approach to nutrition in mind, providing nut-free options and options for other diet variations. As you can see below, my copy has been revisited time and time again!
The recipes encompass:
Dips, Crackers & Spreads
Salads & Sides
Condiments & Dressings
Added bonuses include sections that address what the “UnDiet Lifestyle” is all about, recipes for home beauty care, menu plans for entertaining, tips for how to maintain your dietary practices while travelling, and guidance towards establishing the types of habits that will serve you for life!
What I love about this cookbook is that it is vibrant and engaging, just how your life and diet should be! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cookbook that will quickly become your ultimate kitchen companion! I think it's time you got yourself a copy!
[i] Daniluk, J. (2011). Meals That Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at a Time. Toronto, ON. Random House Canada.
[ii] Mother Nature Network: The Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric. (2008). Retrieved November 25, 2015 from http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric
[iii] Holford, P. (2012). Optimum Living Made Easy: 6 Weeks to Super Health - An Easy-to-Follow Programme for Total Health Transformation. Great Britain: Piatkus Books.
[iv] Daniluk, J. (2011). Meals That Heal Inflammation: Embrace Healthy Living and Eliminate Pain, One Meal at a Time. Toronto, ON. Random House Canada.