Elixir Cleanse Soup
Recipe created by, and property of, Cathy Lewis
This elixir—a liquid I believe cures all ills—is something I give to Wynonna Judd after she has been on the road. The cleansing properties of the ginger, garlic and habanero have a great effect on the liver, the main filter in our bodies. It's very important to detox your system if you have had a period of stress, poor eating habits or too much sugar. It is a very pleasing and flavorful broth that should be consumed at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The broth and healing properties of the ingredients will better assimilate into your system. This is also a good broth to curb your appetite.
Servings: Makes 4 servings
  • 1 piece (thumb-sized) fresh ginger root , peeled
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/4 habanero pepper
  • Juice of 2 limes , in a separate bowl
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber , diced
  • 1/2 carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup jicama , diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro , leaves picked and minced
  • 1/4 red pepper , diced
  • 1/4 yellow pepper , diced
  • 1/4 orange pepper , diced
  • Directions
    Put the garlic, ginger and habanero in a food processor, or blender, and grind to a fine puree, adding a few drops of the limejuice to loosen it up a bit.

    Place this in a 1 1/2- or two-quart sauce/soup pan, over medium high heat. Sauté for 10 seconds and removed from heat.

    Pour in the broth, return pan to heat, let it come to a slow simmer. Cook for 15 minutes to incorporate all the flavors.

    Divide the garnish vegetables between four soup bowls and pour the broth over.
    Nutritional Information
    123.9 calories, 26 calories from fat, 3g total fat, 0.8g saturated fat, 3mg of cholesterol, 1574mg sodium, 12.2g total carbohydrate, 2.7g dietary fiber, 12.6g protein

    Food exchanges: 1.3 lean meat, 2.1 vegetable


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