I am a retired chemical engineer and would like to share my new daily practice which may help others After 50. Almost daily, I enjoy what my friends and I call “The Resurrection Soup.”
In general, the word “resurrection” implies an awakening. Indeed, my soup helps me stay alert and manage some nuisances which are troubling as we age (ME? I’m approaching the magic EIGHT-0!). I don’t know if it’s the Resurrection Soup that’s doing it, but most find it hard to believe my age. For example, when I fly, the guards at security tell me to take off my shoes even though I’m over 75.
What IS Resurrection Soup? Let’s prepare some so we can benefit from it. Here are the INGREDIENTS:
- Garlic and Onions – Back in the Middle Ages people found (empirically?) that the use of these two vegetables resulted in health improvements. Also, food and water was contaminated and garlic and onions helped “heal” the disastrous results. Medical technology has demonstrated two main effects: thinning of blood and reduction/elimination of some pathogens from your stomach. These pathogens may compromise your health and may result in stomach cancer. Thinning of the blood is equivalent to reducing the blood viscosity which enhances to transfer of blood throughout the body. Highly beneficial for the far away places in your body.
- Hot Peppers (jalapeno or equivalent) – In hot peppers there is a component (capsaicin) which appears to help in the reduction of pain and inflammation on parts of your body. The hot peppers I use are part of “Fresh Hot Salsa” I buy in the supermarket. The one I use contains onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, cilantro, tomato juice, lime juice, garlic and salt. When I eat the soup, my nostrils get clear; and I can breathe more at ease for at least one hour after soup consumption.
- Green Vegetables – These vegetables are of special importance to the body. In particular, I use broccoli which contains cancer fighting chemicals. Other green vegetables (green beans for example) contain fiber which helps the body with the normal functions and release of waste products from food digestion.
- Chicken Broth – I have read in the literature about the health benefits of this component: If you have a cold or a fever, a warm cup will help you to alleviate your malaise.
So, as you can see, Resurrection Soup offers several benefits.
Utensils to use: A microwave oven, a cutting board, a sharp knife, a ceramic bowl (16 ounce preferred) and a spoon.
- On a cutting board, cut a slice of an average white onion (3/8” thick slice, max) and chop it up to your taste
- Chop up a couple of broccoli flowerettes.
Place the onions and the broccoli into the ceramic bowl and cooked them in the microwave for no more than 30 seconds.
Add to the bowl…
- One full tablespoon of Fresh Hot Salsa (or more, as desired)
- Left Over Vegetables: The use of leftover vegetables strongly suggests a “resurrection” component with the soup
- Left Over Meat (preferably chicken): cut the chicken into a size you desire. Indeed you are “resurrecting” this protein.
- Garlic Powder (from a container): one or two shakes (or as desired).
- Chicken Broth: Just enough to fill the bowl
Cook a full bowl in the microwave for two minutes or as desired. The soup is then ready for consumption.
“Resurrection Soup” truly has two meanings/implications: a health-related one and one which helps with resurrecting our left-over vegetables and protein.
Enjoy! Manga! Manga!