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Hey, how’s your gut doing? We only ask because, well, ours has been all out of sorts for going on five months now. (Could be the carb-y comfort food binges…or the constant anxiety and stress.) This gut-healing broth, from Gemma Ogston’s The Self-Care Cookbook: Easy Healthing Plant-Based Recipes, is designed to nourish and heal your troubled tummy (and tastes downright delicious).
“The gut plays a vital role in our health,” Ogston writes, “by helping control digestion and assisting our immune system. There is also a lot of recent research showing that our gut health has a direct link to our emotions and mood.
“To help support the growth of healthy bacteria,” she continues, “we need to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fermented foods.” The best part? A batch will keep up to three months when frozen, so you can always have some close at hand.
Reprinted from The Self-Care Cookbook. Text © 2019 by Gemma Ogston. Photography © 2019 by Gemma Ogston. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
1 small onion, quartered
1 garlic head, smashed
1 fresh chile, chopped
One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
3½ cups greens (such as kale)
2 large carrots
2 celery stalks
1¾ ounces dried mushrooms (optional)
1¾ ounces dried seaweed (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon miso paste
One bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
One bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1. In a large pot, combine everything except the parsley with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer, with the lid on, for about 1 hour.
2. Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley, or cool and store for later.
Note: You can add noodles or raw veggies to this, or just drink it plain.