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.