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Soup Recipes

 Nourishing Soup Recipe to Support Healthy Lactation in Women

during Post Delivery

by Dr. Carla Vidor, DAOM, L.Ac, FABORM


  • 3 whole chicken legs (including thighs)
  • Tamari (Soy and Gluten free)- 2 tspn (taste and adjust)
  • Wood/ Tree Ears /Black Fungus - 1 handful dried
    • These are used frequently in Chinese cooking like stir-fries, soups, and stews. Similar to ginseng which flourishes in the most dismal environments, wood ears grow on dead tree trunks.  They thrive in bleak conditions because they carry within them inherent energy and nutrition.  According to Chinese nutritional principles, wood ears promote the health of the spleen and stomach system which is responsible for our daily energy levels.  Wood ears are also thought to clean the blood of impurities.  They are a good source for vitamins, minerals, like calcium and iron, fiber and amino acids. They also contain vitamin B1 and B2 and lecithin.
  • Dried lilies flowers-1 handful not packed tightly
    • Lily bulbs are a slightly sweet tasting Chinese herb which supply proteins, starches and small amounts of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins B1, B2 and C.  Lilly bulbs moisten the lungs and can relieve heat symptoms such as dry throat.   They benefit the nervous system and calm heart palpitations, irritability or insomnia.  
  • Garlic - 1-2 cloves chopped
    • Garlic is traditionally used as a galactogogue (something that induces milk production).  Garlic may not agree with your baby so introduce it slowly.     
  • Red Chinese dates -6-8
    • Red dates are an excellent source of vitamins C and can strengthen immune function.  They also contain iron and benefit women who tend towards iron deficiency anemia.  From a traditional Chinese medicine standpoint, red dates nourish blood by strengthening the digestive system.  They warm the body and, like the lily buds, calm the heart when there is insomnia or anxiousness.  Because of their high nutritional value, red dates are good to consume during recovery from illness or if one is feeling generally weak.   In addition, they're recognized as an anti-aging food and women traditionally consume a couple a day to keep their youth and beauty:)
  • Leeks-1 cleaned well and chopped, discard green tips
    • Leeks can strengthen the yang or warming energy of the body.  The amount of fluids and energy lost during pregnancy and birth drain and deplete creating cold sensations. Warm foods are necessary to support basic metabolic functions. 
  • Ginger -1 inch piece sliced thin into strips with skin on
    • Warming and pungent. Great for feelings of cold and improving circulation.
  • Chinese Rice Wine (1-2 Tblspn)
    • Rice wine 


  • Place all ingredients in a large pot and cover with water.  Simmer everything for about an hour and a half, checking to see if the water level remains above ingredients.  Consume 1 cup per day.  




Pumpkin Curry Soup Recipe

by Rosalee de la Forêt


Pumpkins often find their way into our holiday traditions whether they are carved up into jack o lanterns or made into a sweet Thanksgiving pie.


But don't let pumpkins get pigeon holed. They offer far too many excellent health benefits to be only occasionally eaten as dessert.


Health Benefits of Pumpkins

From fiber to vitamin A, pumpkins are a delicious and healthy food that deserves to be enjoyed more frequently in our diet!


Rich in vitamin A, pumpkins can be especially beneficial for eye health. Have trouble seeing at night? Try adding more vitamin A rich foods like pumpkin to your diet.


Pumpkins are also high in carotenoids, which have been extensively studied for their ability to promote skin health and reduce premature aging of the skin. They are also high in potassium. Potassium is an important part of electrolyte balance and hydration and plays an important role in heart health.


Grains are often touted for their fiber rich properties, but pumpkins are a great source of fiber and can be enjoyed by those sensitive to grains such as wheat/gluten.


When you make this pumpkin soup, don't throw out the seeds. Roast them with a bit of salt and enjoy them as a crunchy snack. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, zinc manganese and tryptophan. They've been shown to improve prostate health and improve cholesterol.


Curried Pumpkin Soup

Cozy up with this rich hearty soup on these cold and dark nights of the year.


This vegetarian recipe can be varied to fit your tastes. Meat eaters can add chicken or the fish sauce could be eliminated to suit vegans.


We used massamun curry paste in this recipe. You can make your own or look for a prepared version at asian grocery stores. We order ours here.You can also use any other type of curry paste like the green curry pastes commonly found in grocery stores. It won't taste the same, but it'll be delicious all the same.


What you'll need...

  • 2.5 lbs fresh pumpkin
  • 3 13.5 oz cans coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp massamun curry paste
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped


Cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds. (Reserve the seeds to roast if desired.)


Then cut each piece two more times lengthwise and peel the skin off with a vegetable peeler.


Dice the pumpkin into 1x1 inch pieces and put them in large soup pot.


Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, and curry paste, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender, stirring from time to time.


Serve and add parsley to each bowl.



Makes about 6 servings.


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