Winter Tonic Vegetable Soup

To make soup from scratch in the comfort of your own home kitchen is a healing and nurturing practice will come back to you tenfold! There are times in life where we just need some cozy warm comfort that comes from nourishing food, and a really good hearty winter vegetable soup always delivers. Just entering into the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, and you can bet this is a staple in my home 🙂

It’s such a meditative and peace-inducing aspect of my life to make meals with a wide array of potent medicinals, that satisfy me fully and train my babies taste buds in the womb to love love love organic vegetables (no pesticides for this little star child)!

There is no way you can mess this recipe up and in fact I encourage you to play with your favorite veggies, greens, beans, grains, and a mineral-rich broth.

Some women look to homemade vegetable or bone broths as a key strategy in their superwoman toolkit for beautiful glowing porcelain skin, life-long strong bones, and digestive ease. I feel it’s a missing piece in the American diet. If you do make your own homemade bone broth, please do so with a higher level of consciousness with regard to your sourcing. Vegetable broths are made in the same way.


(makes approx 2 gallons)
* use 100% organic ingredients

4-5 cups homemade broth
1-2 cups homemade nettle leaf tea (abundance of minerals)
1/2 – 1 whole chopped butternut squash (uncooked)
8-12 ounces chopped heirloom tomatoes OR 1 bpa-free can chopped tomatoes (garlic + basil)
8-12 ounces black beans – or beans of choice (that you’ve soaked yourself OR 1 bpa-free can)
1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked) – to your preference
3-5 tablespoons preferred fat of choice (extra virgin coconut oil OR organic ghee)
1 bunch heirloom carrots (purple, yellow, cream + orange colored)
1 bunch broccolini, including stems (chopped small)
1 chopped zucchini
1/2 yellow onion
few stalks celery
*1 bunch green kale
several fresh garlic cloves, to taste
1 teaspoon high quality sea salt (add more later)
1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2-1 teaspoon Epic Reishi
1/2-1 teaspoon freshwater Pearl Extract

I chop my veggies into smaller pieces (no big chunks) and take the time to do so because it’s what I prefer! Use the vegetables you love most, and get a variety from local farms! I’m listing the amounts in this recipe but truly – THERE IS NO NEED TO MEASURE YOUR INGREDIENTS! Trust yourself, listen to your intuition – it’s 1 of the best parts of homemade soup-making! Add more nettle leaf tea as you make your way thru the soup, if you want to keep adding to it so it lasts longer.

Including the Epic Reishi and Pearl Extract take this soup up distinct notches in the nutritional spectrum. You cannot and will not be able to taste them. If you’re wanting to explore tonic herbalism, and truly take advantage of the adaptogenic properties (create an energetic bubble around you that is conducive to living at your highest), this is an easy way to do it – work it into your food! I highly suggest not skipping this part of the recipe and feel it’s just as important in terms of delivering true healing benefits as the homemade broth offers.


Put all ingredients except the leafy greens in your non-leaching Saladmaster pot together. These pots do not leach chemicals and are worth every single penny! If you don’t have one, make it a goal to get 1 in this next year. Otherwise, use the highest quality pot you have at home!

Let this cook around 200 degrees (low / medium heat) for 1 hour, and turn down to low; let it simmer until ready. Taste test as much as needed and adjust accordingly. You can leave this soup in the pot overnight on the low temp and scoop into bowls over the next 1-2 days, or put into glass mason jars and keep in the fridge!


To add tonics like the medicinal mushroom Reishi and freshwater Pearl Extract, is to truly upgrade what would otherwise be a hearty, nutrient-dense – yet somewhat average recipe. It’s exciting to know that we have options to infuse extra life-enhancing ingredients into our favorite seasonal dishes that help you to feel more grounded, beautiful, and protected.

Such small amounts go a long way (1/4 teaspoon to begin), and the idea is to regularly include these boosters to your dietary repertoire as yet another layer of health insurance!


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About Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is a certified holistic nutritionist, conscious living expert, and the founder of Edible Goddess, an international health & lifestyle brand that cares deeply about your empowerment. She teaches progressive strategies that awaken you to your highest potential by following the body's inherent wisdom and aligning with an intentional mindset, holistic approach, self nourishing practices, and high self value. Bethanne advocates gradual yet significant shifts of upgraded dietary choices that ultimately lead you to the freedom and confidence of eating intuitively. By living in harmony with nature, you can have what you want. She is known for getting results quickly with committed clients who want to live a wildly rewarding, super fun, truly healthy and happy life!