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Welcoming winter solstice with this hearty soup by Cassie Brown- a perfect winter recipe, filled with delicious spices and leafy greens and a great one to add your favorite adaptogens into! Cassie has included Astragalus and Rhodiola, two potent herbs to support healthy immune function, decreased stress levels and overall wellbeing. We hope you enjoy this warming soup to nourish your body and spirit!

Soups are my go-to for something simple and nourishing (and if you need to use up some leftover produce). Since we’re in the colder months and, emotionally, dense climate, we all need some additional immune and stress support. I’ve included Astragalus and Rhodiola to my black-eyed pea and kale soup these plants complement the earthy, savory flavor.

The black-eyed peas give you filling protein, mushrooms provide selenium and riboflavin and the kale and all of the herbs provide fiber and an abundance of nutrients. I cooked/soaked my fresh black-eyed peas in the slow cooker with fresh herbs, garlic, onion prior to adding them to the soup. I’m not the greatest at measurements so remember to adjust according to your liking! 


1 bunch of dino kale - stem in – roughly chopped

5-6 roughly chopped tomatoes

2 cups prepped black-eyed peas 

2 Portobello mushroom caps - chopped

1 yellow onion - chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic - chopped

4-5 cups vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp. of fresh basil

½ tsp. fresh thyme

1 tsp. fresh oregano

½ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. Astragalus

1 tsp. Rhodiola 

Sea salt and pepper 

Avocado oil or other oil of choice



Sauté onion and garlic until translucent in avocado oil.

Add in mushroom and tomatoes let cook a few minutes.

Slowly add in stock with bay leaf and herbs allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Add kale and black-eyed peas last to not overcook kale.

Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until desired taste.


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Cassie Brown

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist that helps busy people maintain a healthy lifestyle by focusing on realistic eating and living. I started Candid Health with a goal to create a safe, nurturing space while highlighting what works for individuals and clear the blocks that keep them from being at their best; mentally, physically and emotionally. Once someone is able to do that, I see a glow in their aura and a yearning for more of what they truly want out of life.


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