Cure a Cold with Soup

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Yup, it is that time of the year and Monkey Girl and I both have colds!  Not only do we feel miserable, but I am worried that we won’t feel better before Thanksgiving.  Tonight I whipped up a wonderfully yummy and power packed soup inspired by this soup from Premeditated Leftovers to hopefully “cure” us before the big day. What I love about this soup is that it doesn’t taste like plain old chicken soup, so you don’t “feel” sick eating it.  I have left out the actual chicken because I am weird and don’t like eating it when I am sick.  Add 1-2 c. cooked chicken if you want.

You might be asking what is so “power packed” about this soup.  Here are the highlights:

Cabbage: excellent source of vitamins K and C, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, folate, manganese and Omega 3 fatty acids.

Garlic: a compound called allicin, the main biologically active component of garlic, blocks enzymes that play a role in bacterial and viral infections. Or perhaps people who consume enough garlic simply repel others, and thus steer clear of their germs.

Chicken Broth: You can’t flush a cold out of your system, but drinking plenty of liquids can help and prevents dehydration. Chicken broth contains all sorts of vitamins and minerals. Most importantly, it has protein. Protein is needed for our immune system to function well. Also, the heat of the soup helps warm our bodies.  Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

Chili Garlic Sauce: The hot stuff can be used to clear the sinuses!

Asian Chicken Soup
8 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 cup diced onion
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. grated ginger
1 T. chili garlic sauce (believe it or not, I usually add more)
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup Julienne carrots
2 – 3 cups cooked rice

Place first 8 ingredients to a large pot. Add cabbage and carrots. Cook over medium-high heat until the broth begins to boil.

Lower heat and simmer for 8 minutes.

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Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Fat Tuesday
Real Food Wednesday
Hearth and Soul Hop

About Amanda

Amanda Larson is a mother, wife, lawyer and aspiring cook. She truly believes that you can live green and eat well while sticking to a budget. Through her posts she shares her tips on how she does it!


  1. This recipe sounds delish. I bookmarked and hope to use it soon, although im not waiting for a cold to come around

  2. Marthalynn says:

    Soup makes me feel so much better when I'm sick. I'm saving this one for future reference!

  3. Felicia London says:

    This recipe sounds great, and I think I might just have to try it! That, and I need to whip up some elderberry lemonade. Elderberries cure and prevent flu and colds ;)

  4. sounds great! i know i should get into the habit of making soup during winter….

  5. Thanks for the reminder about the soup. I think Alea posted this one recently. I just roasted a whole chicken last night, and need to do something with the leftover meat on the carcass.

  6. Thanks for the recipe! The soup sounds delicious, not to mention good for you!


  7. This looks delicious, and I have a cold right now (boo!) so I'll have to try it.

  8. This sounds delicious – whether you have a cold or not! Thank you for sharing this healthy and yummy soup with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  9. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  10. I love the Asian twist on chicken soup! I'm hosting a weekly blog carnival specifically for soups, stocks and chowders, every Sunday. I would love it if you would come over and post this recipe. Here's a link to last Sunday’s carnival, so you can see what it’s all about!

    I hope to see you there!


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