Lemon Chicken Soup

This soup is my favorite when I am feeling really ill and need a deeply nourishing, cleansing, detoxing soup filled with garlic and heat and fresh herbs, and which makes me sweat out as much of the badness as possible.

8 C chicken broth
8 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 C cooked chicken, diced
¼ c uncooked rice
Salt and pepper
1 C broccoli, diced small
1 bunch green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced; seeded if you prefer
2 C chopped spinach, kale, or collard greens
2 C Italian parsley, basil, and/or cilantro, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
½ C shiitake mushrooms, sliced

Bring the broth to a boil, add the garlic and rice, reduce heat to a high simmer for about 20 minutes, until the rice is almost done. Add the broccoli, chicken, jalapenos, and mushrooms. Simmer 3 minutes. Add the green onions and chopped greens and cook until the greens wilt. Remove from heat, add the herbs, the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Let rest for a couple of minutes and then serve.

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