As many of you know, I’ve spent nearly my entire life on the East Coast and have experienced firsthand the relentless and “chill you to the bone” Winters. With extreme wind, cold, ice and snow, I would bundle in layers and brave Mother Nature’s worst.
Since moving out to sunny California in 2014, I thought I was immune to the effects of cold weather because it simply does not get that cold, and it is very easy to eat a diet full of fresh, unprocessed foods to keep up my health.
Well about a month ago I caught whatever was going around, and developed a few new recipes that restored my health quickly and also tasted yummy. I want to share my recipes with you all to try when you feel under the weather or just need a little immune boost.
Chicken Noodle Soup (Like Grandma Makes)
In a large pot add onions, carrots, celery, parsnip all diced to fill about 1/4 of the pot. Add a few pinches of good quality sea salt, then cover the veggies until they turn brightly covered and are aromatic. Next gently place the chicken on top of the veggies. A small chicken in cheese cloth (to contain the bones) or several chicken thighs, breasts will also work. Try to choose free range and organic chicken if available. Add water to fill the pot that has been pre-boiled, a few more pinches of high quality salt and fresh dill. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce flame and simmer for about an hour or until chicken is cooked. Strain and serve with egg noodles or rice.
Lemon Grass/Scallion Noodle Soup
In a large pot add lemon grass stalks, chopped onions, carrots, celery, and diced ginger and garlic to fill about 1/4 of the pot. Add a few pinches of good quality sea salt, then cover the veggies and steam until you see a bright color and an sweet aroma. Add pre-boiled water to fill the pot and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and return to the pot, add chopped scallion and bok choy and cover for 5 minutes. Serve with cubed tofu and rice noodles and hot chili paste on the side to be added to taste by the individual. Enjoy!
Both of these dishes helped chase away my sickness within a few hours. I enhanced the effects by wearing a hoody sweatshirt, getting under a ton of blankets and breaking a sweat.
Feel better quick!