There’s nothing better than curling up with a comforting bowl of hot soup after a long, frigid, wintry day. Spring is in full swing and everyone is back to work after the holiday fun, and it’s game time. This oil-free Cleansing Detox Soup is packed with all the good stuff, and by good stuff, I mean immune-boosting natural remedies like fresh lemon juice, fresh zingy ginger, bright turmeric, balancing cinnamon, and a touch of spicy cayenne.
Detoxifying vegetables and leafy greens like kale, broccoli, celery, and carrots will cleanse, nourish and make you feel whole. I carefully chose each ingredient based on it’s healing properties and am sticking to oil-free recipes all the time. You especially want to avoid cooking with oils in a cleansing and detoxifying recipe to allow the detoxification process to properly take place.
Since this Cleansing Detox Soup doesn’t have rice, noodles, beans or legumes of any sort, it’s easily digestible for everyone due to the soft vegetables, but if you want to add extra plant protein like tofu, lentils, chickpeas, wild rice or noodles, feel free. You will adore this cure-all soup! I keep coming back to it because it makes me feel warm, wholesome and healthy.
Cleansing Detox Soup
1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)
1/2 of a red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 small head of broccoli, florets
1 cup chopped tomatoes
one tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced (ground ginger is ok if you don’t have fresh ginger on hand)
1 teaspoon turmeric (I used powdered)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)
fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste
6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)
2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn into pieces
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
juice from 1/2 of a small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending on how much lemon flavor you prefer)
In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.
Add the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.
This cleansing recipe is oil-free because avoiding the use of oil during a cleansing meal is important for the detoxification process (and you won’t miss the oil at all due to all the flavor!) but if you feel like cooking with oil, use a minimal amount – 1 tablespoon or less.
Leftovers stay well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I recommend cleansing with every new season. My article Naturally Detox Your Body in 6 Simple Ways promotes a new and revolutionary Red Tea Detox Program utilizing just 5 unique ingredients (which can be found at the local supermarket). This program is ideal for anyone who is concerned about their health (especially if you are over the age of 35) … Anyone who wants to lose stubborn fat around their belly, butt, and thighs … Anyone who also wants to lose weight without feeling hungry or unsatisfied.
I love doing this Red Tea Detox after the holidays, before and/or after a vacation and whenever I feel like hitting the reset button on my body! You will feel amazing too!