Discover the Fountain of Youth with Herbs: Immune Boosting Herbal Soup

<em>Makes about 4 servings<br />
</em>Prepare this delicious herbal soup once a week to take advantage of the immune boosting properties of astragalus, shiitake and maitake.</p>
<li>1 ounce sliced dried astragalus root</li>
<li>1 piece (1 inch) fresh gingerroot, peeled and slivered</li>
<li>¼ cup basmati rice</li>
<li>8 cups vegetable or chicken stock</li>
<li>½ cup chopped onions</li>
<li>½ cup sliced carrots</li>
<li>½ cup sliced parsnips</li>
<li>½ cup chopped fresh shiitake mushrooms</li>
<li>½ cup chopped fresh maitake mushrooms</li>
<li>2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil</li>
<li>6 cloves garlic, minced</li>
<li>4 tablespoons light miso, or to taste</li>
<li>¼ cup minced cilantro</li>
<li>¼ cup minced parsley</li>
<li>Simmer astragalus, ginger, rice and stock in a covered pot for 1 hour. Sauté onions, carrots, parsnips, shiitake and maitake in olive oil for 5 minutes.</li>
<li>Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add sautéed vegetable mixture to the soup pot, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove astragalus slices.</li>
<li>Pour a little hot broth into a small bowl, and dilute miso in the broth. Add to the soup pot along with cilantro and parsley. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.</li>
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<em>Laurel Vukovic writes and teaches about herbs and natural healing from her home in southern Oregon. She is the author of</em> 14-Day Herbal Cleansing <em>(Prentice Hall, 1998) and</em> Herbal Healing Secrets for Women <em>(Prentice Hall, 2000).</em>
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