From now on the "go to" soup for the cold season will be this one. This last week found hubby with a nasty cold. He says it is just a "minor inconvenience" which, compared to other's challenges lately, proves to be true! Still, as I watched and listened to his coughing jags, I felt I had to do something to make him feel better.
Searching my refrigerator and pantry I came up with ingredients that would help (not cure, unfortunately) his symptoms. The bones of a good soup usually start with onions, celery and carrots. From there anything goes or gets thrown in. Besides cooking I like to research the health properties of certain foods and incorporate them in as many meals as I can. The way I look at it is, if the Chinese and other cultures have been using these remedies for centuries, there must be something to it. While this blog does not make health claims, what's the harm in throwing more herbs, spices and healthy veggies in your food?
Did you know that:
LEEKS act as an antiseptic and helps the body fight against infections?
SRIRACHA HOT SAUCE stimulates the immune system and acts as a decongestant?
GARLIC may reduce the severity of an upper respiratory tract infection and also boosts immunity?
GINGER has been widely used for cold care among other purposes?
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 leek (4-5 inch piece, cleaned and sliced)
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp sriracha sauce
- 1/2 cup green beans (cut into bite size pieces)
- 1/2 cup chopped kale, optional
- 1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 2 Tbsp parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup rotelli pasta