Green soup to nourish your蟲chóng: the living lining of your gut


⾍ Chóng - worm, insect, the character under a cover in 風fēng or wind, describes the idea that on the earth there are small insects or worms that are crucial to the generative movement of life (trans Edward Neal).

In your body after you eat you process food via these small organisms. They give you life by virtue of their ability to break down food. It is in the breaking down process that new forms within your body are built. This green soup feeds those small life giving organisms. I recommend drinking a bowl in the morning and in the evening as a way to feed this living lining of your gut.



2 Onions

1 Large Sprig of Thyme

2 Bay Leaves

3 Cloves Garlic

2 Destemmed Heads of Kale

1 Destemmed Head of Collard

2 Liters of Water or homemade Stock

Miso Master Organic Miso (Optional but delicious!)

Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper



  1. Coarsely chop onions and sear with butter or olive oil in a large stock pot until clear

  2. Add chopped garlic and thyme then simmer for 3 minutes

  3. Add water or stock, destemmed greens, Thyme, and Bay Leaf

  4. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 25 minutes

  5. Cool for 20 minutes

  6. Process in a food processor or high powered blender in small batches (careful not to overfill!)

  7. Add Miso to individual bowl or Salt and Pepper to taste

  8. Drizzle Olive Oil on top

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