Nourishing Postpartum Soup

Posted by Riannon Page on

 If you've just given birth, your body has been through a lot, and it's important to take care of yourself. This postpartum soup is not only warm and comforting, but it also contains ingredients that can help support your immune system and promote healing. This soup is packed with garlic, onion, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms, which are all known for their immune-boosting properties. These ingredients can help reduce inflammation and support your body's natural healing process. The brown rice in this soup is also a great source of fibre, which can help regulate your digestion and keep you feeling satisfied. It's also a great source of selenium and folate, which are important for maintaining hormone balance and supporting healthy blood cells.


  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • ½ tsp of grated ginger
  • 300 g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 baby bok choy (or vegetable of choice)
  • ½ roasted chicken, shredded (or tofu if vegan)
  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice 
  • 1 liter vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • A dash of olive oil

Toppings (optional):

  • Sliced spring onion
  • Coriander
  • Fresh or dried chili
  • Toasted sesame


  1. In a big pot, add a dash of olive oil along with diced onion. Sauté until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and ginger to the pot and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté until brown.
  4. Add the stock, 3 cups of water, soy sauce, and bring it to a simmer.
  5. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, remove the stem from the baby bok choy and separate the stalks from leaves.
  6. After 10 minutes, add the stalks to the pot, let it simmer for another 2 minutes before adding the leaves, the chicken, and brown rice.
  7. Bring the pot back to a simmer and then turn off the heat.
  8. Serve with sliced spring onion, coriander, toasted sesame or some chili flakes for extra spice.

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