Stay Healthy this Winter with Super Immune Boosting Soup

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I first met Emily from Food at One a couple of years ago, when my brother gave me an experience gift for Christmas. A Detox and Superfood cooking workshop with Emily. I absolutely loved it, and it was one of my most favourite gifts. I learned lots of new tips including, how to start the day off with clean foods for energy, foods to detox different parts of the body and also how to control cravings. I also learned what foods cleanse the body and how to maintain overall health by diet. I get stuck in a rut sometimes and I end up cooking the same things over and over again. It was great to learn new recipes, including a tumeric latte, healthy sugar free granola, quick soup (using butter beans to thicken it instead of potato,) a superfood salad and some healthy snacks. I enjoyed it so much, I then went on to do the raw chocolate workshop and several others. Emily and I are now great friends, I cut her hair and am styling it for her upcoming wedding. We have great chats when she comes to see me, normally about food, juicing and health.

So on this very snowy day here in the UK, I thought I would share with you Emily’s Super Immune Boosting Soup. I think its great for heating you up from the inside, and it may even help fend off any colds or flu.

1 leek, remove top and tale, roughly chop
1-2 handfuls of kale, remove dead leaves and wash
1 orange pepper diced
1 whole broccoli cut into small florets
1 garlic clove crushed
2 small or 1 large carrot grated
2 small or 1 large parsnip grated

tin of organic tomatoes
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. paprika
1 tbsp. marjoram
1-2 tsp. thyme
1 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tsp. Himalayan salt
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
500ml boiled water
Celery, peppers, broccoli, carrot, parsnip, tomatoes
Leek & kale

I made this soup on my Sage Risotto Plus, I love this cooking appliance, it is one of my favourites. It has so many functions, it makes perfect risotto, steams and it is also a slow cooker. I love using it as a slow cooker as you can saute the vegetables in it first before slow cooking. If you don’t have one of these, you can make it in a large saucepan .


Add the leeks and cook over a low heat for 3 minutes.
Add the pepper and the garlic, continue to cook for 2 minutes or so.
Add the grated parsnip and carrot, giving it a good stir for another 2 minutes.
Add the tin of tomatoes and water, bring the liquid to the boil and reduce to a simmer.
Add the kale and the broccoli, give it a good mix in.
Add the turmeric, paprika, marjoram, thyme, tomato puree, Himalayan salt and pepper (optional), giving it a good stirSimmer for 8-10minutes for the flavours to develop and the vegetables to cook through.

I left this in my slow cooker for a couple of hours, then I poured it into my Vitamix and whizzed it up. (You could also use a hand blender.)

Then I added some almonds, pumpkin seeds and parsley on top and wow, this soup tastes good!

Not only is this soup easy to make, it tastes great too. And you get your 5 a day in one serving – bonus!

If you are interested in any more of Emily’s recipes you can become a free member on her website and gain access to lots more of her recipes here.

If you would like to find more about her cookery courses, follow this link.

Or you can follow Emily on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,

Happy cooking and stay warm in this cold weather.

Natalie x

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Welcome to Does It Work, my blog dedicated to sharing my quest to live a healthier, less toxic and more natural way of life. If you want to look good and feel great, are eager to avoid chemical-overload in your life - and find effective alternatives to every day products, you've come to the right place! I'm passionate about finding organic and natural alternatives to mainstream products. Why? Because I really believe they are better for us - and for our environment. We use so many chemical-laden products in our homes, and on our skin and hair, that it's vital to be mindful of what we’re using, not just for our own health, but for our children, pets and the planet. My passion for natural, safer alternatives has also been fuelled by the fact that my mum died of cancer when she was very young, something that could well be attributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful ingredients commonly used in hair products and skincare, food additives and chemicals found in the environment. I've always shared my recommendations and experiences of products, treatments and therapies that I've tried and tested with my clients (I'm a professional hairdresser), and through my blog, I can reach a new and wider audience. As well as my expertise in hair, I have considerable knowledge and experience of alternative therapies and techniques, including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT, NLP and martial arts. I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can over the last 10 years. From skincare and make-up, to food and even homeware, I’ve been incorporating the best of what I find into my daily life - and I’ve never felt better. And now I'm sharing it with you, so you can read about things that I've road-tested – and take your pick of the products that I've tried. I'm glad to have you on board and look forward to hearing about your experiences too. Enjoy! Natalie X

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