Can chicken soup really cure a cold? I won’t go so far as to claim it’s a miracle healer, but I will say that a good chicken soup can boost your immune system and improve your chances of beating a virus. For more information on how soup can help you with the symptoms of the common cold, click here.
10 cups organic chicken bone broth (see below for recipe to make at home)
2 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, grated
2 tbs grated ginger
1 tbs turmeric powder
1 large bay leaf
3 cups chopped kale
3 cups organic chicken meat, chopped
1 tbs natural pick or grey sea salt (or to taste)
1. Heat broth in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onions, bay leaf and turmeric. Boil for 10 minutes.
2. Add chopped chicken and salt. Increase temperature to high, bring to a boil and reduce heat so soup simmers. Cook for approximately 25 minutes until meat is cooked.
3. Stir the kale, grated garlic and grated ginger. Simmer for another few minutes to blend flavours and soften kale. Adding these ingredients at the end ensures that the kale stays bright green and the ginger and garlic keep their immune boosting effects.
Easy immune-Building Chicken Stock
Make a calcium-rich chicken stock in advance so your immune-boosting soup will come together in a flash when you’re under the weather. You can store it up to three months in the freezer. All the veggie scraps provide extra immune supportive minerals, and the best part? The stock is essentially free because it’s made from stuff you were going to throw out.
1 whole organic chicken carcass (leftovers from roast chicken dinner)
12 cups water
1 sprig rosemary
¼ cup apple cider vinegar (draws the minerals out of the bones)
1 tbs natural pick or grey sea salt (optional)
1. Put all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil.
2. Reduce to simmer and stir well. Cover and cook for 2 hours.
3. Remove any large bones or skin and use to make the soup.