January 22nd, 2014
It’s hard to go anywhere this time of year without running into someone who is coughing, sniffling or sneezing. Yes, it’s cold and flu season, and experts say the number of reported cases is already at an elevated level. If you or someone you know is under the weather, you’ll be happy to know that relief may be as close as your pantry.
Homemade chicken soup isn’t just comforting in the cold weather, it can also help you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold. While soup is by no means a “cure-all,” there’s no better comfort food when you’re feeling sick or run down. The warm fluids in soups can help to clear nasal congestion. Clear broths like Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Broth or Simply Stock are great for helping to keep you hydrated, too. Homemade soups are often filled with a hefty dose veggies, offering your depleted body an ample supply of much needed vitamins when you’re not eating well. Perhaps Grandma was right all along.
In between cups of soup, a warmed non-dairy beverage like Pacific Foods’ Organic Almond Non-Dairy Beverage can warm the soul, as well. We’ve listed a recipe from Mark’s Daily Apple that’s tasty any time, whether you’re suffering from a cold or just want a way to cozy up in the chilly winter weather. The cayenne and turmeric spices in this tea can clear your head and hopefully comfort those aches and pains associated with the flu virus.
If someone you know has been hit with a cold or the flu, why not whip up a batch of chicken soup to share? This recipe is hearty, easy to make and full of flavor. Fill up a mason jar, tie it with a ribbon and drop it off with some herbal tea. There’s nothing more comforting than get well wishes.
CHICKEN AND HOMINY SOUP
Adapted from the Bon Appetit.com
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 bunches green onions, sliced
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can of petite-diced tomatoes in juice
1 roast chicken, meat shredded, skin and bones discarded
4 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
2 (15-ounce) cans golden or white hominy in juice
2 cups of frozen corn
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add green onions, cumin, and paprika; sauté 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes with juice, chicken, and hot pepper sauce. Puree hominy with juice in processor or blender. Mix into soup; bring to boil. Add corn. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Ladle soup into bowls.
CREAMY TURMERIC TEA
Adapted from Mark’s Daily Apple
8 ounces (1 cup) Pacific Foods Organic Almond Non-Dairy Beverage
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
Dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener
Optional additions: a small pat of butter, cinnamon, cardamom
Gently warm the almond non-dairy beverage on the stove.
In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients.
Drizzle a teaspoon of the warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. You can leave the pieces of ginger in the tea, or strain them out before drinking.