Gut-Healing Broth

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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.

Restorative Miso Noodle Soup


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.

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