HR Immune-Boosting Recipes

Immune-Boosting Recipes

Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup 


Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead.

Yields: 4 servings

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil

1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced

3 cups cauliflower florets

1 garlic clove, peeled

1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

¼ tsp ground cumin

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup full-fat coconut milk

¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat.

Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth.

Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve.

Total cooking time is about 15 minutes.


Authors platform:

Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.


Lentil Stew


Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods.


Yields: 4 to 6 servings

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

8 Brussels sprouts, halved

1 large turnip, peeled, quartered, and sliced

1 garlic clove, sliced

6 cups vegetable broth

1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed

1 cup frozen corn

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat.

Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip, and garlic and sauté for an additional

3 minutes.

Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the

vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper, and parsley and cook for an additional

minute to heat the lentils and corn.

Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot.


Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer.


Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g;

total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg


Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf.



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