Special Family Recipe from our Chipper Ambassador, Laila Moiré-Selvage!
Amama’s Green Soup Recipe
– 2 lbs. Zucchini
– 1lb. Green String Beans
– 1 Summer Squash
– 1 Yellow Crookneck
– Handful Fresh Parsley (omit if breastfeeding!)
– Fresh Raw Cream or Butter
– Salt (optional for taste)
1. String Beans and slice Zucchini and Squash lengthwise into quarters.
2. Steam Zucchini, String Beans, and Squash until tender. SAVE the water you use to steam the veggies!
3. Add parsley and all steamed veggies to blender. Then add in your left over water from steaming and blend until smooth. You can add more or less veggie water for desired consistency.
4. Add a dash of Fresh Raw Cream or Butter for taste. No salt necessary but you can add a pinch if you’d like!
5. Serve hot in a bowl OR let cool and serve in a glass on a hot day! The nutrients in this recipe are sure to give you a kick of energy so it’s a perfect for lunchtime or a pre-workout snack.
My Grandmother, Ennid Zamboni Sternoff, loving called “Amama,” first served me this famous family recipe when I was all of 3 years old. I was quite a picky toddler (okay I was a REALLY picky kid until at least 9 or 10 – think only PB&J for days) but I could not deny the deliciousness of this healthy soup! It’s smooth texture and tasty flavor will tempt your pickiest eaters – plus it’s safe and healthy for babies! It’s seasonal, nutrient-rich ingredients give you that extra energy your and your kids will need heading back to school!
Amama’s father, my Great Grandpa George Zamboni (brother to Frank Zamboni, inventor of the Zamboni ice machine) lovingly called “Nono,” drank this soup almost every day and lived to be over 101! The recipe is our Italian family’s version of the original “Bieler’s Broth” recipe developed by Maverick Physician Henry Bieler, best known for his book Food is Your Best Medicine and widely recognized as a pioneer in alternative medicine, to heal a variety of illnesses.
Dr. Bieler would take a detailed study of the patient’s endocrine glands (including the adrenal glands, pituitary gland and the thyroid gland) and would then prescribe a dietary cure. The cure depended on which glands were dysfunctional, usually a limited diet, or even a fast on Bieler’s broth. Vegetables are like nature’s vitamins and restore such elements as potassium, and sodium to our glands. Dr. Bieler was particularly interested in restoring the liver as a way to health. Find variations of his recipe here.
With Grandparent’s Day coming up on Sunday, September 13th, take the opportunity to connect with your child’s Grandparents! Cooking is the perfect activity to give your kids the opportunity to get to know their grandparents and learn healthy habits and yummy recipes. If you’re not able to visit this weekend, The Chipper Cookie Company has some Sweet Sentiments you can send in the mail!
Intergenerational activities like cooking with grandparents are a fun, not to mention good for you, says the Healthy Aging Partnership, a coalition of 40 Puget Sound area not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of older adults.
Interactions with young people allow older adults to relate to another generation, learn about new technology and trends, and serve as role models for children growing into tomorrow’s adults. The excitement of seeing the world through younger eyes can get older adults ‘up and doing,’ reducing depression, relieving boredom and improving health.
Youngsters benefit too! In situations where adult attention may be lacking, the attention and example provided by a senior mentor can be invaluable, HAP notes. Even teens that have difficulty relating to their immediate families may respond well to a caring older adult.
*Each recipe counts as an entry. Please use original recipe. Winner announced via Facebook on September 18th!