Friday, April 11, 2014

Cold Crushin' Chicken Soup

Single, Slicin' Dicin' Sizzlin'....Soupin'?? (eh maybe not)

This past week I welcomed in spring with nothing better than a head cold. So inspired by my latest viral attack, I decided that I would try to knock it out fast with some nutritious home remedies and my favorite thing when I'm feeling under the weather, my Cold Crushin' Chicken Soup. 
There are many foods that are known to help you recover from a common cold just a little bit faster. Also many of these foods can be soothing to a sore throat and a "stuffed" up nose.

Some foods that I like to think help me when I have a cold are:


  • Lemon
  • ginger
  • onions
  • garlic
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (I know sounds gross, but it is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral, also by consuming this it creates an alkaline environment in you body and viruses and other bad guys do not like to live in non-acidic environment!)
  • Eggs and other high protein sources (when your body is under attack it is trying to fight things out of tissues and that causes a lot of damage to your cells, so any time you are sick or hurt keeping up your protein status is important to promote healing.
  • Green tea (I know, I know its not a food.)
So today, yes, I am going to share with you my Cold Crushin' Chicken Soup and a secret green tea concoction that will sooth your throat and clear your sinuses. BUT just warning you this tea is not for the faint of heart.

Green Tea With a T'wang

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lemon squeezed 
  • 1 tsp lemon peel or (3 long strips)
  • 1 tsp sliced ginger root
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 bag of green tea (decaf is fine, bagged or loose)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Directions: In a small sauce pan add water, lemon, lemon peel, and ginger. Bring to a boil. After being brought to a boil turn heat off and wait for the water to stop bubbling. Then add in green tea in a steeping ball or bag. let stand for 2 mins. Next stir in honey. Put in a mug and sip slowly! Enjoy and take it easy.

Okay! Next up is my Cold Crushin' Chicken Soup. There is nothing more warming and soothing when you are under the weather than a nice hot bowl of chicken soup. Let's get started! 
This recipe will make about four servings, but I figure you won't want to cook every night when you are sick. So this is perfect to reheat and have for a couple of days.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken thigh 
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (or 1 cup or baby carrots, chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, sliced 
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium russet potato, diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
Directions: In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, cover both chicken thigh and chicken breast with water. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-high heat and continue to boil for 20-25 minutes or until center of chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Next remove chicken from broth. Keep the broth in the pan. (you can scoop out the gunk with a spoon or you can pour the broth through a strainer to get the broth to run clear...or you can leave in there. It won't kill you.) After the chicken has cooled for about 5 minutes, on a cutting board take the skin off of the thigh and discard. Next take the meat off the thigh bone and chop, also chop the breast while you're at it! Next put the chopped meat back into the pan with the broth. Add one can of chicken broth.  Turn the heat up to medium high and bring the broth to a simmer. Then add in carrots, onions, celery, and potatoes. Continue to simmer. Add in the seasonings, thyme, sage, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to medium. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are soft. Let cool a bit and enjoy!

If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms please do not be afraid to leave them in the comment box below!