KINGS’ FLU SEASON
My husband awakened with a sore throat and with his many health problems, I immediately threw together my Flu Season Bean Soup. He is Diabetic, etc. so I watch carefully what I throw together. Makes about 4 servings. I use:
- 3 cans of White Navy Beans…I use Bush’s
- 1 can of Chopped Tomatoes…I use Hunt’s with garlic, oregano. basil
- 1/4 cup of Dried Onion…use more or less according to taste
- 2 tbsp. of Granulated Garlic…use more or less according to taste
- 2 tsp. Curcumin…more or less according to taste
- 2 tsp. Black pepper…more or less according to taste
- 2 tsp. of Italian Seasoning…more or less according to taste
- 1/2 tsp. of Red Pepper Flakes…more or less according to taste
- Salt to taste. I used about 1/2 teaspoon
- little Dried Carrot I had on counter…I had dehydrated earlier
- 1 dried slice of Green Pepper minced I had on counter… I had dehydrated earlier
I throw all of the above into a pot on my stove on medium heat, stirring as it heats. Beans will stick to the bottom of the pot if left alone. I lower heat when heated throughout and let simmer for about 30 – 45 minutes. It gives time for the minced, dried herbs to flavor beans. I added two slices of toasted Ezekiel Bread (sprouted seeds) with melted butter and Garlic. Wolla! I’ll knock out the bug before it gets a good hold. Don’t forget lots of Ice water. Ice water goes through the body quickly. I want to keep him well hydrated. That should do it!
Why did I use these ingredients? Navy Beans are a protein…diabetics need to start off with a protein to keep blood sugar level, not counting all the other good fiber, etc. Tomatoes have lycopene that fights off viruses including C and other good vitamins.
Dried Onion and Granulated Garlic are both nature’s antibiotic’s and also antifungals. Diabetics have a problem with fungus. Curcumin is good for the brain, good for the kidneys and an anti-inflammatory. Black Pepper must accompany it to help the Curcumin assimilate into the body. I threw the pinch of carrot, green pepper, salt, Italian seasonings and Red pepper not only for flavor as Red Pepper opens up arteries, and green pepper has vitamins C and A. Italian Seasonings are usually antifungals.
I was feeling under the weather myself so that is why I used canned and dried foods. I didn’t feel like chopping all of the fresh vegetables. The flavors are great and it produces a giant punch to the immune system, which it probably appreciates.
As with all foods and herbs check with your doctor if you are on medications as vitamin C is a blood thinner and make sure herbs do not interfere with any medications in use. I do not let my husband take his vitamin C and Cod Liver Oil together as both are blood thinners.