I love cooking from scratch, so you won't find any salty cans of soup in my house. But when you are sick, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour or two in the kitchen chopping vegetables. So, here is a tomato soup recipe that can be ready in a couple of minutes, and will be far healthier than any soup you get from a can.
- 1 can diced tomatoes (oh how I wish I still had some of my homegrown canned tomatoes left! Today I'll have to settle for Hunts)
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed (depends on how much you love garlic. I used two cloves).
- handful of greens (I used spinach the first time, cilantro for the soup in the photos)
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- sea salt and pepper to taste
Here is my very simple homemade cough syrup. I can't remember where I found the recipe originally, but I've been making this for the last couple of years and it works about as well as the over-the-counter cough syrups without all the chemicals and sugar.
Combine in a small container equal parts:
- lemon juice (fresh is best)
- apple cider vinegar (raw and unfiltered, if you have it)
Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper and a dash of cinnamon. Both spices create a warming sensation that helps sooth your throat. Put on the container's lid and shake vigorously, as you would with salad dressing. In fact, the taste of this cough syrup reminds me of salad dressing, and I can imagine it on top of garden-fresh greens and tomatoes. Much better than the mysterious drugstore 'red' flavor.