Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup

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Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup

by | Aug 9, 2017

We know that clean eating is SO important to our overall health.  Processed, pre-packaged foods are FULL of sugar, preservatives, chemicals, and junk that keeps us feeling sick, tired, and unhealthy.  Eating fresh, natural foods, on the other hand, nourishes and fuels our bodies, minds, and spirits!

However… (There’s always a however, isn’t there?)  Do you ever feel like you are missing out on delicious, flavorful meals when you start a clean eating lifestyle?  Do you associate eating clean ingredients and fresh food with bland, boring meals?

If you do, you are not alone.  That’s one of the biggest holdups to more people tossing out the junk and embracing clean eating – the fear of missing out on delicious food!  But guess what, I’m here to tell you that clean eating and delicious eating are NOT mutually exclusive! Healthy does NOT equal bland and boring! 

That’s why I want to share this absolutely AMAZING recipe for my Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup!  This is a rich, delicious soup that is has a deep, savory flavor and a fantastic texture.  If you are looking for a gourmet comfort food, you have to try this,

Do you want to know the best part of it?  Not only is it incredible tasting, but it is absolutely PACKED with minerals and nutrients.  Unlike so many rich soups, this won’t weigh you down or make you feel heavy.

Before we get to the recipe, I know you might be thinking, “What’s so special about mushrooms?”  That’s a fair question because mushrooms are too often overlooked and ignored.  Here’s the thing, though: mushrooms are one of the BEST foods you can eat!  Each variety of mushroom has some variation in their benefits but they are all so good for you.

Let’s look at the Crimini/ Portobello mushroom.

Fun fact: Portobello mushrooms are just larger crimini mushrooms that have been picked and then allowed to ripen further.  Nutritionally and botanically they are the same.  Sometimes crimini mushrooms are called “baby bellos.”

Crimini mushrooms are LOADED with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.  The nutrients found in crimini mushrooms, according to Medical MediumTM are:

  • Vitamin E, D, and B12
  • Zinc – a powerful immune booster
  • Selenium – an antioxidant that fights free radicals and slows the aging process
  • Iron – strengthens your blood and gives you energy
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – a cancer-preventing compound that is especially effective against breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers
  • L-ergothioneine – a powerful antioxidant known to increase cognitive function, eye health, and reproductive health
  • Tryptophan – an essential amino acid that is necessary in creating serotonin. This helps stabilize mood swings and aid in a balanced sleep pattern.

In addition to all of these incredible qualities that are essential to good health, Crimini mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.  Chronic inflammation leads to serious health issues, including heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and asthma.  Eating mushrooms on a regular basis can reduce the chronic inflammation and heal so many of your health problems, not only the ones I just listed, but also general fatigue, leaky gut, autoimmune issues, brain fog, and digestive problems.

Would you have ever thought a mushroom could be so good for you?

With their savory, deep flavor and fantastic nutritional benefits, crimini or portobello mushrooms can be an excellent addition to your meals.  You can eat them raw or steamed and add them to fresh salads.  If you want to add more flavors to them, sautéing or roasting them really brings out the flavor, and they are great in soups and other dishes.  Mushrooms do a great job of absorbing flavors of other ingredients, so when they are added to other ingredients or dishes, the flavor is that much deeper and complex.

Another benefit: Mushrooms are a really great texture substitute for meat. In Pakistan, we have a popular dish called Biryani, made of chicken or meat and rice. I have made this for festive occasions with mushrooms instead of meat or chicken. And many of my friends don’t even notice that there was no real meat in the dish. So if you are trying to help someone go vegan, try adding in mushrooms into the dish! It really makes a difference.

Try my recipe for Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup.  It’s a great combination of comfort food and health food, and it’s always a hit!

Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup

2 large portobello mushrooms (4 medium)

1 Japanese sweet potato, diced

3 potatoes, peeled & diced

4 stalks celery chopped

1 large sweet onion chopped

7 cloves garlic, chopped

Sea salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

6 cloves garlic

1 head broccoli roughly chopped

1 ½  can organic coconut milk

8 cups of filtered water (or 8 cups of healing broth)

Sauté the onions, garlic and celery in a 1 tbsp of coconut oil until translucent. Then add the cloves, broccoli, potato and sweet potato. Sauté gently and then add 8 cups of filtered water and let it simmer.

Once gently simmering, add in the portobello mushrooms and allow to simmer some more.

After about 30 minutes use a hand blender to puree all the vegetables in the soup. If you do not have a hand blender, you can transfer them into your high speed blender to do this part.

Once done, add in the coconut milk, the seasoning and serve.

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Miriam

Just made this soup again only this time using portobellos not another mushroom. Added in some shiitake. O my goodness. It is divine — so nourishing going into these fall days. Add chopped chives to make it pop! Bringing some to a friend whose recovering from oral surgery. Thank you.

miriam

Made this soup a few weeks ago before I started the 28-day cleanse, the potato salad last week when I needed grounding and something cooked, and last night your cilantro-basil pesto adding some garlic. All so yum! Thank you so much for posting these!!
Tomorrow I will finish my first successful 28-day cleanse w some modifications. Your first cleanse helped to jump start that for me. I still make your Asian slaw recipe from that cleanse. It is very time consuming but makes a ginormous amount that we love.

Tracey

Absolutely loved this recipe!! Thank you for all the healthy different ways to eat potatoes

Jackie Mannell

Have just made your lovely mushroom soup for myself and my 2 boys …very tasty indeed…your so kind Muneeza I always go that extra mile in my clinic too .. Like you it’s what gives me most pleasure …Feeling blessed to be part of your AMAZING community .. Very much appreciated

Cyndi Krupa

This sounds really yummy. I think I’ll make it this weekend. I like soup any time of the year.

Lisa McClanahan

I also made the summer potato salad. Delicious! Oh my we loved it. My husband is curious and supportive about the way I eat and he tries to incorporate some of the foods I eat because he knows it is good for him but he doesn’t really eat that way normally. However, he loved this potato salad. His eye got huge when he took the first bite…so funny! I used potatoes and herbs from my garden. It was really wonderful. Thank you Muneeza…you’re a treasure!

Bonnie

Is the number of garlic cloves 7 chopped and then 6 more?

GLORIA SCHWARZ

i MADE YOUR WONDERFUL SUMMER POTATO SALAD FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT. iT WAS SOOOOO GOOD. MY HUSBAND AT THREE HELPINGS AND HE IS NOT DOING MY WAY OF EATING!! SO THAT WAS GREAT. I DIDN’T MASH THE POTATOES, HOWEVER, JUST CUT INTO SMALL PIECES. WE ALL LOVED IT THAT WAY. IT WAS A BIT DRY. I WOULD HAVE LIKED YOU TO SAY HOW MANY CUPS OF POTATOES INSTEAD OF THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN. SO, NEXT TIME I WOULD LIKE IT TO BE MORE MOIST, OTHERWISE IT WAS WONDERFUL. LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING THIS MUSHROOM, POTATO SOUP, MAYBE WHEN THE WEATHER IS COOLER. PORTO?BELLA MUSHROOMS, SMALL OR LARGE? POTATOES SMALL OR LARGE?

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