Immune boosting is a GREAT thing, especially now. It's important to keep your immune system as healthy as possible. Eating the RIGHT foods is a great way to go about that. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a couple of immune boosting recipes for 2021, that we found online, in this week's blog. If your immune system isn't feeling so strong lately and you think you should see a doctor, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. All of our phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.
Immune Boosting Recipes For 2021
YIELD: 4-6 SERVINGS
Carrot Ginger Immune-Boosting Soup
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 lb carrots, diced into 1/2-inch rounds
1-inch knob ginger, finely diced
1/2 inch knob turmeric, peeled and finely chopped. Or 1 tsp turmeric powder.
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
Freshly ground pepper
Instant Pot Instructions:
Turn on Instant Pot to sauté on high and set to 10 minutes. Add olive oil then onion and carrot and sauté until they soften, about 5-6 minutes. Then add ginger and turmeric and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly. Turn off sauté function.
Add salt and broth. Then set Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. Add cover and seal and let Instant Pot do it’s thing. When it finishes, release pressure by turning pressure valve – steam will release. Once steam is done releasing, remove lid.
Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it’s a smooth consistency. If you don’t have an immersion blender, transfer soup in batches to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in coconut milk and season with freshly ground pepper.
Leftovers can be kept in refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Heat a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat Add olive oil, onion, and carrot and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until soft. Then add ginger and turmeric and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add broth and salt. Bring to a boil and boil and then turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes to let flavors meld and carrots get really soft. When done, follow step 3 in directions above to blend and add coconut milk/pepper.
Notes: You can find fresh turmeric near the ginger. But if you don't have it, you can use dried. Be careful when handling fresh turmeric. It stains!
Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days or freezer for up to 3 months.
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
This healthy 4-ingredient Cinnamon Roasted Almond snack recipe is ready in 10 minutes. It's completely vegan with very little added sugar.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 214 kcal
Author Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
1 cup raw whole almonds
½ tablespoon agave
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
cooking spray or drizzle of Canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place almonds in a mixing bowl. Drizzle agave or honey over the almonds. Use a spatula to stir and coat the almonds with agave.
Mix in cinnamon and salt and stir a with spatula. Try to make sure the almonds are evenly coated.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, or drizzle with canola oil (spread oil over pan with paper towel). Spread almonds evenly on the pan.
Bake for 10 minutes.
While still warm, taste the almonds and add a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Let cool, and enjoy!
Enjoy These Immune Boosting Recipes!
We encourage you to keep the strength of your immune system in mind when searching for new recipes to try out. There are so many to choose from online. Again, if your immune system isn't feeling so strong lately and you feel the need to schedule an appoint with a doctor, please consider Central Ozarks Medical Center, where your health is our mission.
Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties