Adaptogens are the hottest trend in the wellness world right now. Known or their energizing and stress-busting properties, these plant-based ingredients come in all shapes and forms, and one of them happens to be reishi mushrooms. They're the fave adaptogen of registered dietician Christy Brissette, so she shared a recipe for a warming and energizing mushroom soup that’s packed with veggies, and is a savoury and satisfying way of working these adaptogens into our everyday diet.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 carrots, sliced 1 cm thick
1 fennel bulb, diced (fronds reserved)
2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced (or ½ cup dried)
6 cups water
¼ cup dried reishi mushrooms, ground
¼ cup miso paste
1 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp thyme
3 cups kale, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fennel fronds, minced
In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the ginger and the remaining vegetables (except the reishi powder) and saute for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Add the water, reishi powder, miso paste and dried spices.
Bring your soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Stir the kale into the hot soup to wilt.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh fennel fronds and enjoy!
Servings: Makes 6 servings
approx. Per Serving