Earth Soup Recipe
In 5-Element theory, the Earth Element is the energy that takes the food we eat and turns it into nourishment that feeds every cell in the body. This Earth soup strengthens and supports the Earth Element which in turn supports digestion an metabolism. The ginger and tangerine gently warms the Earth Element and circulates its energy. The chicken stock, nori, onions and carrots and provide nourishment and a yummy flavor.
Ingredients (Serves 2-3): 4 carrots, sliced 1 medium onion, chopped 2 sticks of celery, chopped 6-8 good pinches shredded dried tangerine peel (15g) 6-8 slices fresh root ginger, 1 qt chicken broth (homemade is best!)
3 sheets of Nori broken into small peices
Put the tangerine peel* and ginger in a saucepan with the chicken stock
Bring to boil and simmer, covered, for 20-30 mins.
Strain the stock to remove the tangerine and ginger
Now add the nori, chopped onion and celery and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Add carrots and simmer for 10-15 minutes more
(Optional) blend until smooth.
Garnish with three mint leaves
* You can buy dried tangerine peel from Oriental supermarkets or you make your own by drying it in a low oven.