Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Eat to Live Cookbook Project: Dr. Fuhrman's Famous Anticancer Soup

I finally made Dr. Fuhrman's Anticancer Soup this past weekend. I was expecting a difficult experience, but honestly, it just wasn't that hard.

Using bottled organic carrot juice makes it cheaper and easier than juicing 5 pounds of carrots, but I found out that juicing the celery was pretty darned quick and easy. I don't know why I am so scared of my juicer. I also like using frozen leeks from Trader Joe's instead of dealing with washing and chopping fresh leeks (a lot of which goes in the garbage because a considerable amount of a leek is unusable and you pay for them by the pound).

On the recommendation of Tami from Nutmeg Notebook, I used all of the cashews that the recipe called for (one cup). I was glad I did, because in the end, I had 15 servings of the soup (30 cups total, I consider 2 cups of soup to be a serving), not 10 servings like the recipe had indicated. I did use quite a bit more chopped mushroom than the recipe called for (I used 20 ounces of mushrooms), which was perfect for this volume of soup.

I know that the soup looks kinda funny. But don't let that bother you--this stuff is magical. It's very, very similar to a soup that I have made countless times, which I call HGK's Energy Soup. Mine was inspired by soup recipes by Betheny Frankel from her book Naturally Thin and also by a soup from the PeerTrainer website. You can get my recipe here, it's easier and faster and pretty comparable.

Good news for those of you who don't own a copy of the book (yet). The recipe for Dr. Fuhrman's Anticancer Soup is online right here. The instructions online are from 2006 and are different than those in the published cookbook. I'm sure that the recipe continues to get refined as people figure out better and better ways to make it. So if you want the most current method, I'm sorry that you'll have to get a copy of the cookbook. (You may be able to find other versions of the recipe out there on the web, probably by bloggers who don't know that publishing a recipe online is illegal without permission from the author. It's a big pet peeve of mine.)

Dr. Fuhrman's Famous Anticancer Soup
from The Eat to Live Cookbook by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, p. 154

Did I like it? Yes

Was it easy to make with readily available ingredients? It's a long process, but not difficult. It does require a lot of sessions with your blender though.

What specifically did I like about the recipe? It's very similar to a soup that I made and ate countless times when I was on Weight Watchers (and losing lots and lots of weight) and had just discovered truly healthy eating. So as weight loss soups go, this one is at the top of the list. This soup kind of epitomizes volumetric eating--low in calories, high in volume, and very high in nutrients. Your body will thank you for this soup!

What specifically didn't I like about the recipe? My beans never got soft, even after simmering the soup for longer than the recipe called for.

Did my husband like it? He loved it.

Did my teenage daughter like it? She hasn't tried it yet.

Did my eight or five year old try it? no

Would I make it again? I think I might stick with my Energy Soup recipe, the ingredients are similar, but my recipe is just easier to prepare.

Is there anything I would do to improve on it if I made it again? The only problem I had with the Anticancer Soup was with the dry beans. The recipe calls for one cup of dried split peas and beans. I used 1/2 cup of dry yellow split peas and 1/2 cup of dry cannellini beans. Just as I had suspected, the dry cannellini beans never cooked correctly, even after 2 1/2 hours of total cooking time. If I make the soup again, I'll just stick with a whole cup of split peas.

Overall Grade (completely unscientific, I admit): A-

Have you made Dr. Fuhrman's Famous Anticancer Soup?  What were your impressions? Leave a comment below.

Still don't have the book? What are you waiting for? These recipes are uber healthy.

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