We're off to the winter races, so to speak. Although some parts of the country are still having warm weather, winter is on the way. And, the season of colds and flu will be upon us. Read my article, "How to Beat Cold Symptoms, with Natural Remedies," for helpful tips. So, it's with this month's Recipe Redux challenge that I present this Creamy Vegan Sauerkraut Soup. A warm, comforting bowl of immune boosting goodness including celery, onions, carrots, and potatoes and white beans, which have great fiber. The big immunity boose comes from the sauerkraut.
You may have seen cabbage soup, in fact, I have an Irish Cabbage Soup recipe, but I hadn't heard of sauerkraut soup until recently. But sauerkraut is one of my favorite dishes so I really wanted to try this. It's often served with sausage so you could add sliced vegan sausage to the recipe if that sounds good to you.
Some store-bought sauerkraut is live and to preserve the probiotic nature of these, it's best to add it at the very end and just heat through. An inexpensive winter vegetable, cabbage is very healing to the gut and provides glutamine, which has been noted to strengthen the immune system. It's a great source of vitamin C, as well, which has been known to shorten the length of colds by stimulating the activity of white blood cells, which form the first line of defense for your immunity.
I love sauerkraut on sandwiches, as well, and this is where you want to use the live version like this brand from Farmhouse Culture, which can be found at Whole Foods and other markets. My favorite is this classic caraway flavor, but they have others like Garlic Dill Pickle and Horseradish Leek.
This sauerkraut soup uses ingredients you most likely have on hand except, perhaps for the sauerkraut, and is easy to throw together for a quick weeknight meal.
Don't miss my other immune boosting Winter Immunity Soup recipe with mushroom and a little lite coconut milk for creaminess.
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