The Famous Flu Fighter Soup

This one-pot wonder of a soup is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to dealing with colds and flu. Don’t be put off by the goji berries – these sweet treats were once hard to find, and cost the earth, but thankfully they can now be found cheaply in any supermarket.

Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5cm piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced, skins left on
  • 1 punnet shiitake mushrooms, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 handfuls goji berries
  • vegetable stock, to cover
  • salt
  • black pepper


Put the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan with the olive oil. Cook over  medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion softens.

Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms to the pan along with the goji berries. Stir well, then add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients. Simmer well for 10–15 minutes, until the potato is soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Blend in batches until you have a smooth, vivid orange, spicy soup.

Good for:

  • skin: acne
  • joints and bones: arthritis
  • immune system: colds and flu
  • heart and circulation: high cholesterol

Recipe taken from The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock

In his first major cookbook, TV’s ‘Medicinal Chef’ and nutrition expert Dale Pinnock presents his unique and inspiring approach to healthy cooking. With 80 simple, tasty recipes, Pinnock shows how easy it can be to use food to benefit your health and complement conventional treatment. Alongside the recipes there is a glossary of key ingredients and the nutritional benefits they can bring, as well as advice on how food can make a real difference to more than 30 ailments and nine key bodily systems.

Pinnock’s delicious dishes, such as his date and walnut energy bombs and pineapple-zing smoothie, really can help give a boost to all of your body’s systems and improve energy levels. Try the filling tuna steak with sweet potato wedges and sautéed mixed greens packed full of omega-3, which reduces inflammation caused by arthritis and even helps alleviate depression. From the famous flu-fighter soup to Greek pita pizza, and even decadent desserts such as cheating chocolate orange mousse, every recipe is easy to shop for and quick to prepare. Eating your way to good health has never been easier or more delicious.

“Our food should be our medicine and Dale shows why and how to make this a reality. All doctors should read this book!” Dr Tom Gilhooly, GP and medicinal director of the Essential Health Clinic.

You can buy The Medicinal Chef at

Published by Hardie Grant Books.

Do you have a go-to recipe when you have a cold? Why not share it in the comments section below?

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