Chicken Soup Good for the Gut, Good for the Soul
Cold and flu season beware! Here is an easy recipe to help your immune system repair.
What’s great about this soup?
Simple- antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains potent antioxidants.
A few side notes on the ingredients: Pepper is known to enhance the benefits of turmeric by about 200 times. Garlic is a great antiviral, rosemary is fabulous to reduce inflammation and thyme is wonderful against sore throats. Thyme is also known as a mood booster! For vegetarians, please replace chicken and chicken stock with egg and vegetable stock. Beat up a few eggs and add them in slowly constantly stirring for a few minutes in the simmering pot. For those of you who like a bit of spice, cayenne pepper is high in Vitamin C and can provide detox support for your gastrointestinal system helping to move out toxins such as bad bacteria.
500g of free range chicken thighs, sliced and diced
Loads of garlic smashed (10-12)
1-2 tablespoons of grated turmeric of for less gritty, add a few tsps turmeric powder instead
2 litres of chicken stock (homemade is best- great supply of collagen)
A bouquet garni of rosemary and thyme (held together by kitchen string)
A cup of diced tomatoes
Freshly ground black pepper
A bunch of coriander and ½ bunch of parsley finely chopped.
Add some rice noodles for those who require extra filling.