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Cold Remedies: Soup

Since I’m pregnant right now myself, I know that being pregnant in the winter is a challenge when it comes to battling sickness. There’s not much you can take in the way of over the counter cold relief and even with taking preventative measures, when that cold hits, it’s miserable. With the dreaded cold season upon us, I wanted to provide you with a safe, nourishing, and comforting addition to your (very small) get well arsenal. This soup is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, warmth, and kick-that-cold additions that will ramp up your immune system and help you get back on your tired pregnant feet.

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The chiles, tomatoes and fresh lime juice are all packed with vitamin C. Garlic and onion boost the immune system. The warmth of the soup will nourish you and the spiciness will help break up a cough and clear up a stuffy nose and head. Feel better!

Ingredients:

Olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 head of garlic, all cloves chopped

3-4 small hot chile peppers, chopped (you can also use dried if you can’t find fresh)

1 T dried oregano

1 28 oz can or jar of whole tomatoes or tomato puree

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (low sodium)

Sea salt

Fresh limes (1 per person)

1. In a soup pot, over medium heat, pour enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pot, lightly.

2. When oil is hot, add in chopped onion, garlic, peppers, and oregano. Stir together and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions and peppers are soft but the garlic is not burning.

3. Pour in tomatoes or tomato puree and mix to incorporate.

4. At this point you can either puree this mixture to make a smooth soup of leave it as is - kind of chunky. I chose to puree mine this time. If you do, carefully transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and blend for a minute until all is smooth.

5. Return mixture to pot and add in your choice of vegetable or chicken broth.

6. Stir everything together once and cook soup, over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until all the flavors incorporate.

7. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

8. Squeeze a fresh lime over your bowl of soup.

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