Magic Mineral Broth

A flavorful and nutritious addition to any soup or rice dish, especially for those with diminished appetites due to illness.

By Rebecca Katz, San Rafael, California

As appeared in

This broth alone can keep people going, especially when they don't particularly want to eat due to illness. This isn't just a regular vegetable stock. This pot of yum is high in potassium and numerous trace minerals that are often depleted by cancer therapy. 

Sipping this nutrient-rich stock is like giving your body an internal spa treatment. Drink it like a tea, or use it as a base for all your favorite soups and rice dishes. Don't be daunted by the ingredient list. Simply chop the ingredients in chunks and throw them in the pot, roots, skins, and all. 

A caregiver I know who never cooked tried this recipe for his mother, who was fighting colon cancer at the time.

"After I put all the vegetables in the pot and started them simmering, I had to go out of the house for a half hour to get something for Mom. 

"When I got home and opened the front door, I couldn't believe how amazing the house smelled. What was even more incredible was that I had created these smells. 

"Before I left home, Mom wrote me a small check to cover the cost. I couldn't understand why she thought she had to pay me for this. Then I looked at the 'memo' part on the front of the check. Next to it she wrote these words: 'Love Soup.'"

Ingredients

6 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds2 Japanese or regular sweet potatoes with skins on, quartered
2 unpeeled medium yellow onions, cut into chunks1 Garnet yam with skin on, quartered
1 leek, both white and green parts, cut into thirds1 (8-inch) strip of kombu (seaweed found in health food stores)
1 bunch celery, including the heart, cut into thirds2 bay leaves
5 unpeeled cloves garlic, halved12 black peppercorns
½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley4 whole allspice or juniper berries
4 medium red potatoes with skins on,
quartered
1 Tbsp. sea salt

Preparation

1. Rinse all the vegetables well, including the kombu.

2. In a 12-quart or larger stockpot, combine all the ingredients, except the salt.

3. Fill the pot to 2 inches below the rim with water, cover, and bring to a boil.

4. Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours.

5. As the stock simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out.

6. Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. Add the salt and stir.

7. Strain the stock using a large coarse-mesh strainer (remember to use a heat-resistant container underneath).

8. Bring to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing

Makes 6–7 quarts

Per serving: Calories: 29; Total Fat: 0g (0g saturated, 0g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 6g; Protein: 0g; Fiber: 0g; Sodium: 166mg

If you don't have time to make this broth from scratch, substitute Pacific or Imagine brand vegetable stock, add an equal quantity of water, a piece of kombu, and one potato. Boil for 20 minutes and strain. Magic Mineral Broth can be frozen for up to 4 months in a variety of airtight containers for every use.

Watch Rebecca make Magic Mineral Broth!

From One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson. Copyright © 2004 by Rebecca Katz. Published by Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press.

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Rebecca - This recipe looks wonderful, & I am looking forward to trying it!

However, there should be a note in the recipe regarding juniper berries. Juniper berries should NOT be used by pregnant women! Not everyone knows this, so there should be a note in bold caps in the recipe.

Thank you for designing this recipe, & all your great work with people who have cancer.

I do appreciate that...Thanks again

Thaanks for sharing! I have friends and families with Health issues so it's something I should try. I'm so glad the recipe does not include meat. Thank you.

Its a nice article..!

I'm in the 4th phase of my cancer treatment, on Femara, an estrogen blocker. One of the side effects is a severe case of hot flashes. After 5 months of prickles, dripping sweat, I was given the Magic Broth recipe. The hot flashes stopped the 1st day and as long as I drink or use the broth, am free of them. What is in the broth that stops a debilitating condition so completely? I'm reporting it to my oncologist because she knows how I've been suffering. Is there anything to relieve the joint pain that doesn't include drugs?

I just made this and it is delicious! I also picked out all of the usable parts (mostly the sweet potatoes, yams, red potatoes, carrots and parsley) and mashed them to use in other recipes this week. I only had to discard the celery, leeks, and some of the onion.