Wellness Soup

Wellness Soup

We got away to Maui-land for some rest & relaxation.  It was lovely.  We had a zip lining adventure that was oh. so. fun.

Wellness Soup   Wellness Soup

Watched gorgeous sunsets, swimming turtles and humpback whales.

Wellness Soup

With a Farmers Market within walking distance from where we stayed, we enjoyed lots of fresh food right on our Lanai.

Wellness Soup

But we also enjoyed some of Maui’s great restaurants too.  We were rooftop dining at Fleetwoods on Front St. The menu read ‘Kale Caesar Salad topped with a Fried Egg’, and this is what was served.  That’s a deep fried soft boiled egg.  The whole thing was unbelievably delicious!  I’m still dumfounded as to how they deep fried that soft boiled egg.

Wellness Soup

We left on vacation a bit heavy-hearted with a few dear people facing some pretty serious health concerns.  Some family and some friends and they are all dealing with gastrointestinal issues.  It’s almost like there is an epidemic.  One friend (who happens to live close to me) was on a liquid diet pre and post surgery so I brought her freshly made soups and I created this recipe specifically for her.

Wellness Soup is a meal in a bowl, full of protein and vegetables in a very nutrient dense broth.  In preparation for this soup, a few things need to be done ahead of time so some planning is involved.  It is so worth it though.  People who are recovering from illness, or surgery need good quality food, that’s easy to digest.

The base of this healing soup is homemade bone broth.  I used this recipe, but instead of a turkey carcass, I used 2 organic free range chicken carcasses.  I cooked it on low in my 6 quart crockpot overnight.  After 12 hours the broth was reserved and solids discarded. Side note: our daughter makes this and keeps a stock of this in her freezer.  Daughter and grand kids drink this broth daily to maintain strong immune system.

Wash and soak the rice for anywhere between 1 and 12 hours.  Drain the soaking water before adding it to the soup.  Soaking the rice makes it easier to digest.

Wellness Soup

Whenever possible I choose all organic ingredients, especially when making food for people in recovery.

Wellness Soup

At the very end of cooking, I added the chopped kale and let it cook until wilted.  With the heat off the soup was topped off with this alkalizing Ume Plum Vinegar.

Wellness Soup

Ume vinegar is a traditional digestive aid. Its sour and salty taste stimulates the production of saliva and stomach acids, which in turn help the body to break down and assimilate the nutrients in the food. You can find it in your local natural foods market.  Use it with caution though as it’s very salty.

This recipe makes 4 quarts and freezes well.  You can serve it as is,


Wellness Soup

or you can puree it which makes digestion a little easier.  The little ones in my life prefer this texture too 🙂

Wellness Soup

and there you have it.  As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”.

Praying for wellness and healing,


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

2 yellow onions, diced small

3 stalks celery, diced small

4 carrots, diced small

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup organic short grain brown rice, rinsed and pre-soaked for at least 1 hour and drained

8 cups of homemade bone broth

2 cups water

2 cups diced cooked organic chicken

1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped

2 1/2 tablespoons Ume Plum Vinegar


Heat a large soup pot and add the olive oil.  Saute onions, garlic and ginger together on a medium heat for 7-10 minutes, until translucent and fragrant, stirring occasionally to prevent browning.  While the onions are cooking, chop the remainder of the vegetables. Stir in the chopped celery, sauteing for 2 minutes, then add the carrots and continue to saute for 2 more minutes. Add the bone broth, soaked and drained rice, sea salt, chicken and water.  Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 2 hours.  This gives the rice time to break down and get soft, absorbing flavor and nutrients from the other ingredients.

Add the chopped kale and cook until wilted, about 10 more minutes. Turn off heat.

Season the soup with Ume Plum Vinegar, one tablespoon at a time.  Depending on how salty your bone broth is, it may not need anymore seasoning.  Adjust as needed.

This can then be blended into a smooth puree, which makes it easier to digest for those recovering from gastrointestinal related surgeries or ailments, and children may prefer the puree version, or served as is.  It’s a great soup to make ahead and freeze.  

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9 Comments on “Wellness Soup”

  1. I am one of the blessed friends that Amy has blessed with this amazing soup during my recovery from surgery. It is truly amazing and has made me feel much better! Amy’s recipes are so nourishing and healing. I’m so incredibly blessed to have her bless me with her nourishing food and recipes!!! Thank you Amy from the bottom of my heart! This soup and you are amazing!!!

  2. Well this is just in time! I made a huge batch of bone broth before my surgery just one month ago! Had my sigmoid colen removed! Defrosted one of the containers just yesterday so I’m putting my rice on to soak. THANK a YOU Amy!

  3. Hi Amy,
    This sounds great! I have a question re: using Ume Vinegar. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux so I’m wondering about using it since you said it increases stomach acid production. Would you recommend
    decreasing the amount, eliminating it or substituting something else?
    Also, thank you for sharing the beautiful photos from Maui 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I’m so glad you liked our Maui pics! Gosh, it’s so beautiful there. About the Ume Plum Vinegar, I really don’t see you having a problem with it but to be safe, use less. It really adds to the fullness of flavor and healing properties of the soup.

    2. Hi Elizabeth just wanted to share I was also diagnosed with acid reflux SEVERAL YEARS AGO the doctors prescribed medicine which led to other health risks and problems. It is caused by certain things that make our natural phone imbalanced. The gastro acid is extremely toxic and I have found that with regular use of vinegars of any choice , daily to 2-3 Times a week has eliminated my acid reflux…if I even feel the beginning of acid rumble or heartburn I eat a small bowl of pickles, sauerkraut, etc…naturally fermented foods. I have an area designated to my “stomach” doctors including bone broth daily! I can eat almost anything …with in about 15-20 minutes it’s gone. I haven’t had a rollaids, Tums, pepcid, zantac, etc etc for going on 2 years! No surgery or gut wrenching required! Aloe Vera and acidophilus may help too if you’re into natural health…This soup is wonderful! I add a splash of vinegar to all my bone broths…Hopefully this helps you…isn’t this an amazing site? I check here often!!!!

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