Happy hump day!!! As I told you all a couple of days ago, I was battling a nasty cold/flu after returning from our long trip to China. I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy or fancy and wanted something to warm my soul (no pun intended 😉 ). Just a nice meal that I could make quickly and digest easy. BINGO, chicken soup. I didn’t want anything out of the can, so I went online and researched a couple of homemade options. I came across Pioneer Woman’s version and fell in love. It was quick, simple and looked delicious.
I found enough energy to get myself to the grocery store and run a couple of errands at my local target, then hauled it back home to make my soup! Even put the bay leaf right in the middle of the chicken like the Pioneer Woman told me too (see photo). It was yummy. I kid you not I woke up yesterday morning feeling 1,000 times better, like a new woman! A little more Ariel and a little less Ursula (I get mean when I’m super sick, sorry husband!) I did a little research and found that chicken soup could quite possibly help relieve a cold! Here’s why…
*The broth acts as an anti-inflammatory by stoping the movement of neutrophils- immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response
*The broth speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining.
HA! How cool is that?!
Any who…. Here is a link to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe as well as my own photos from my cooking process. Note that I added freshly chopped parsley, leaks and scallion to mine. I also added in some fresh pasta right when the soup was done! It added some nice texture.
Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
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