recipe: slow cooker burger soup

It’s soup season! Soups are great for providing balanced nutrition in a more easily digestible form.  This makes accessing the nutrients in food easier on your body. This in turn helps our vitality and general wellness, especially in a season that’s heavy on the cold.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), winter is the season where the Kidney comes into focus.  The Kidney (big K) is responsible for making sure we have enough sustenance for general vitality and maintenance.  In particular it’s in charge of  energy dense processes of sexual reproduction, as well as general structure and growth of the body / mind (ie. hair, bones, marrow, brain & spinal cord).  If you want to break it down some more, the Kidney yang is responsible for the metabolic processes of the Kidney function and the Kidney yin for the substance and to moisten / regenerate.  Like all biologic processes however it’s about balance.  TCM reflects this, so to help the Kidney’s its important to help make sure all organ are in balance.  Eating nutritious foods is a way to do this and in particular soup based foods during these cold months.

Slow cooker burger soup recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 X 1/2 tbsp of coconut oilburger-soup-300x200
  • 2 lbs of lean ground beef organic if possible
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cubes of beef broth organic if possible
  • cups of water, boiling
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato paste organic if possible 
  • 4 celery stalks , chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 cans of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups white mushrooms
  • 1 cup of macaroni noodles  gluten free 
  • 2 tbsp dried basil

 

Directions

    • In a frying pan, heat the coconut oil and fry the lean ground beef until cooked. Drain any fat.
    • Caramelize the onions with the remaining 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil, directly in your slow cooker on high.
    • Add beef boiling cubes and all boiling water into slow cooker, stir until all bouillon cubes are disintegrated.
    • add all remaining ingredients into slow cooker
    • cook on high for 3 hours
    • Enjoy!burger-soup2-300x191

 

References

Lipman, F. Dr. http://www.drfranklipman.com/the-winter-season-a-chinese-medicine-perspective/. 2013

Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. 2002. North Atlantic Books; Berkley, California USA

Sarah KentDr. Sarah Kent  blends traditional knowledge with current scientific understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.  With these skills she’s helped patients improve their sport performance, rehabilitate & prevent injury.


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