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Wellness & Pain Control Tomato Soup

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Many of us have experienced some level of emotional or physical pain this past week, based on what's happening to the world around us. 


Today's Tasty Tuesday spicy tomato soup recipe addresses wellness and both types of pain, since the ingredients are grandmother, time, and science-proven. When this soup is prepared with love, the healing properties are even further enhanced.

Ingredients for six generous servings


2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons minced fresh curcuma longa (powdered curcumin turmeric also works)

2 cups chopped onions

2 28 oz. cans whole, peeled San Marzano Italian canned tomatoes, or the brand of your choice  

12 -14 oz. canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon fish sauce, or to taste 

2 tablespoons cilantro, minced just before serving

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

2 or 4 tablespoons Sriracha, or to taste

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

extra virgin olive oil, to cook and drizzle




In a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot coated lightly with olive oil over medium heat, combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Sweat mixture until softened, about 10 minutes. 

Add canned tomatoes (crushing each by hand), tomato juice, and coconut milk, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes have cooked and are falling apart, about 30 minutes. 

Remove soup from heat and using a hand immersion blender, puree the soup until almost smooth, about three to five minutes. Add fish sauce, lime juice, Sriracha, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 

If the soup has cooked down a bit too much, it can be thinned with either water or additional coconut milk.

Serve in pretty warm bowls, drizzle with a tiny amount of olive oil, and sprinkle with cilantro.  

Nutritional wellness and pain-relieving facts from grandmothers and published science

Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years as a natural antioxidant / anti-inflammatory pain-relieving spice and is currently used by many who suffer osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.  

Turmeric curcumin is widely used in medical circles for its healthful abilities to support and defend joint, bon, and physical wellness. It is also a potent natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. 

Garlic helps reduce physical and emotional toxicity, strengthens our immune systems, breaks down heavy metals, and strengthens bones. Garlic helps our bodies fight off viruses and bacteria. 

Onions are brilliant sources of vitamin C, antioxidants, amino acids, flavonoids, and antimicrobial properties that help us ward off flus, colds, and other communicable illnesses, which we are more prone to developing when under stress. 

Canned coconut milk is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also includes medium-chain triglycerides called lauric acid, which is easily absorbed and immediately available for the energy, too often lacking when in physical or emotional pain. One can of coconut milk includes 500 calories. But do remember that it adds great flavor and is divided between six servings of otherwise, very low-calorie, nutrient-dense ingredients.  

Sriracha is made from hot, red peppers that make our mouths burn a bit from two chemicals called capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin, which affect receptor proteins in our mouths that cause our bodies to release pain-killing endorphins. Hot peppers are also brilliant inhibitors of substance P neuropeptides linked to chronic inflammation. They are science-proven antivirals and anti-infectives. 

Fish sauce is a naturally fermented, probiotic immune-system booster that achieves a sought-after umami effect. It smells a bit funky, but it's a great salt substitute, and the smell quickly goes away in the cooking process. We recommend the Red Boat Premium brand. Remember to store it in a dark, slightly cool place.  

Tomatoes are a treasure of health and pain-relieving riches. They are phytonutrient rich and include flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, and fatty acid derivatives.

Tomatoes are always listed in the world's healthiest food ratings. 

Cilantro is a clinically proven anti-anxiety, anti-infective, and heavy metal remover after prescription drug antibiotic treatment. 

This soup is a favorite first snow of the season regular in the Colorado Biosyntrx test kitchen as well as any other time we crave healing heat, or simply great layers of nutrient-dense flavors. Consider making double batches since it freezes well, and is a perfect lunch or dinner choice when a cold or flu is coming on. 

Eat well, stay healthy, feel good, and enjoy life.

Ellen Troyer, with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff