When you have that scratchy feeling in the back of your throat and you just know that a cold is coming on, there’s only one thing to do: hunker down in the kitchen and get cooking!
According to a recent lab study done by Dr. Stephen Rennard at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, old-fashioned chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to lessen the symptoms of a head cold. Plus, hot soup provides steam to clear the sinuses and gives the body the boost of hydration it needs to help knock out any bugs it’s fighting off.
If you’re feeling under the weather, and your grandma isn’t available to make you her famous homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a recipe you can try:
2-4 stalks of celery, washed and chopped into similar-sized pieces
2 carrots, washed and chopped or grated
1 sweet onion, washed and diced
12 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
2 teaspoons of red pepper sauce (not Tabasco)
4 teaspoons of dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon of dried sage
Bring the broth to a boil, and then add in celery, carrots, onion and seasonings – black pepper, parsley flakes and dried sage. Also add in the red pepper sauce at this time, but don’t worry – this is just for flavor, not spice (although if you like spice, you can be a bit heavy-handed with your reaspoons – that’ll clear out our sinuses, for sure!). Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to one hour, until veggies are nice and soft.
Once the mixture is ready, add in about 2 cups of cooked noodles or rice, and voila! Fantastic chicken noodle soup, quick and convenient to help you bounce back from your cold or flu!
Yields: Plenty to get you feeling better, with enough to share or keep as leftovers.
Hint: You can add the noodles or rice to the pot and cook them in the broth, but make sure you add them in 7-10 minutes before the veggies are ready to go. You don’t want to end up with over-cooked veggies, or under-cooked noodles or rice!
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