This is the perfect meal to eat upon feeling the first symptoms of a cold, but is also helpful if the cold is already taken hold. The soup is easy to assimilate, and its ingredients aid the body in fighting the cold causing pathogens, restoring the body to a healthy state.
2 C. water
2 oz. soft tofu cut in small cubes*
1 small carrot sliced
2 chopped scallions*
1 tsp. Miso* (or more to taste)
2-4 Shitake mushrooms, soaked
OPTIONAL (but highly recommended)
A handful of fresh greens (spinach, dandelion*, bok choy, broccoli, etc.)
½ tsp. Ginger*
1 sheet of nori seaweed*, crumbled into pieces, or 1 dry tsp. wakame, soaked in water for 10 minutes
a couple drops of sesame oil
Boil water. Add tofu and cook for 5 minutes. Add carrots and cook for 2 minutes more. Add scallions, ginger and greens and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Take small amount of stock (about 2 Tbs.) and mix in a big bowl with miso until dissolved. Pour remaining soup into bowl, stir, and add remaining ingredients to the top. Enjoy!
After eating wrap yourself in a warm blanket until you begin to break a sweat. Then dry off and change into dry clothes.
Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and don’t go out into the cold or wind without covering up your neck.
* indicates ingredient with medicinal properties