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Chicken Soup: The Best Medicine for a Cold…Here’s Why

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So many friends and clients are sick with a very nasty cold virus. I wanted to repost my recipe for homemade chicken soup, the best tasting cold remedy you’ll ever enjoy.

It’s my grandmother’s chicken soup recipe tweaked to be organic and so healthy you cannot help be feel better just making it. The smell of the soup fills the house and fills you with hope of a better tomorrow. I usually cook it on a very low heat so the nutrients are not compromised by high heat. A crock pot or slow cooker works great for this. If you don’t have one, use a very low flame on your stove and just keep it simmering for at least 4 hours.

I have written everything down along with the wonderful things the ingredients do to make you healthy. Keep in mind that if your ingredients are not high quality or not fresh, they will not give you the same results. If you don’t have access to fresh ingredients, use the best you can find, including frozen. Organic frozen is picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen so that the nutrients are still there.

Ingredients for Chef Pharrell’s Healing Chicken Soup Recipe:

  • One large red onion, I used a large red onions because they have a flavonoid high in antioxidants and inhibit histamine production. They have the same properties of strawberries. When onions are simmered to make soup, their nutritional value does not get degraded. It simply gets transferred into the water part of the soup. By using a low-heat method for preparing soup, you can preserve the health benefits of onions.
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic, finely minced: if cooked garlic has sulfur-containing compounds, which have anti-microbial activity which helps to fight infection. Raw garlic is the best, but I don’t like the taste. Again, using a low heat method will help the garlic retain its healing properties.
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil: This is loaded with vitamin E and K great healthy fats
  • 3 stalks of organic celery, sliced ¼” thick Celery is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. It also contains molybdenum, manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and tryptophan
  • 3 large organic carrots: peeled and sliced ¼ “ thick . Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, which gives them their bright color. One of beta carotene’s jobs is to support the body’s mucus membrane, which lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts, making it harder for bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped sage leaves: Sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 8 cups organic chicken broth, regular not low sodium
  • 1 ½ pounds organic free range chicken breast with skin and bone attached: Broth made with the bone of chickens inhibits infections and it fights inflammation. It also contains an amino called Glycine which has calming effects, allowing you to rest and recuperate better.
  • 4 bay leaves: Not sure about these, they just make the soup taste much better.

Put everything into my slow cooker and put it on low. It will cook for 8 hours and be amazing when it is finished. So good for you, you’ll start to feel better after the first bowl.

©Chef Pharrell Worthylake/Artful Chefs 2015

Feel better soon!!

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