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Winter Soup with Butternut Squash

Winter Soup

Bring heat and cleansing to your system with this cozy winter soup

In a large soup pot, saute butternut squash and parsnips in olive oil on medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes or until some edges are brown:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup burdock root (parsnip is a good substitution  – DO NOT EAT BURDOCK IN PREGNANCY)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Add the onions, garlic, and ginger, and cook 5 minutes more, till onions are translucent.  

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-4 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped

Pour in the stock, spices and kale and simmer on medium-low heat for 40 minutes.

  • 4-5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 4 whole kale leaves, roughly chopped

Remove soup from heat, stir in miso, and let stand 5 minutes before garnishing with green onions.
Note: Miso is a living, fermented food – it should never be warmer than a low simmer; soy sauce is an easy substitution for flavor)

  • 1/4 cup miso paste
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions, for garnish

Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 55 min.

Alternate cooking methods for on-the-go cooks:

  • Briefly saute veggies and dry spices, then put everything but the miso and green onions in the crockpot for 6 hours on low, or the pressure cooker for 5 minutes at high pressure.

Credit: The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book by Dr. Jessica Black, ND

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Dr. Wendy Leigh White, Naturopath

Wendy Leigh White, ND, MS

Dr. White became a naturopathic doctor because she truly believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and to keep itself in balance.In her original career as a Product Development Scientist for an international food company, she realized that she was more interested in educating people about their bodies than she was in making processed food.

She received her naturopathic doctorate from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Wendy Leigh H. White, ND, was the founder of Natural Family Health, LLC. Specializing in natural family health care, assisting and supporting families with everyday health issues, Dr. White provides guidance to men, women, and children in allowing their bodies to heal themselves, as they are designed to do. Her practice is located Portland Natural Medicine, 512 SE Morrison St.,Portland OR 97214 and can be reached at 503.239.1022.