Healing Chicken & Rice Soup with Curry (GREAT if you have a Cold or Sinusitis)
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Allergies, Colds, and Sinusitis...
I treat all three naturally by keeping my sinuses clean (via a Neti pot), drinking lots of fluids (especially hot teas) and trying to keep my immune system strong with certain foods. When the changes of season begin, so do my allergies. Every morning, I drink a glass of water with a spoon of organic apple cider vinegar to stay healthy, and eat nutritious meals composed of fruits, vegetables, and grains like quinoa.
I have been lovingly called a kitchen witch and a witch doctor by both family and friends because I like to use foods and herbs instead of commercial drugs. In fact, I rarely take medication and I believe that is the reason for my good health.
What if the allergies, sinusitis or even a cold gets particularly bad (but not infectious to the point of requiring antibiotics)? I make good old-fashioned chicken soup from scratch with vitamin packed vegetables and add a few healing ingredients, such as:
Curry: natural antibiotic
Ginger: anti-inflammatory that helps prevent congestion in the sinuses
Garlic: natural anti-bacterial
HEALING CHICKEN & RICE SOUP with CURRY:
1 large chicken leg quarter (remove the skin, but leave a bit of the fat to flavor the broth)
1 large onion-chopped
3 cloves garlic- chopped
1 t ginger root- chopped
3-4 carrots- sliced
3 zucchini- sliced
1-2 c cooked spinach or collard greens
1 c cooked rice
1 T curry paste (any flavor is fine- I used Panang, but Red, Yellow or Green is fine. Add as much or as little as your palate dictates. I use a big, heaping tablespoon)
1 chicken bullion cube
salt and pepper- to taste, if needed
1. Place the chicken in a big pot and cover with water. Add bullion cube and boil for 15 minutes.
2. Add carrots and continue boiling until the meat is coming off the bone.
3. Remove chicken and set aside to cool a bit. Continue simmering the broth and add onion, garlic, ginger and curry.
4. Remove all the meat from the bones and toss a couple of clean bones in the broth (if you can break the bones to let the marrow into the broth, even better).
5. Add zucchini and cook until tender.
6. Add cooked, chopped chicken, cooked greens and cooked rice. Stir everything, remove from heat and let the soup sit in the covered pot for about 20-30 minutes before serving.
NOTE: You can add any vegetables that you like- my recipe is only a suggestion. The important healing ingredients are the curry, garlic, ginger and the actual chicken broth made from scratch.
I promise you that you will feel better after eating a big steaming bowl of this soup! I know I always do! When I get an allergy or sinus attack, I eat spicy foods (like this soup), drink hot tea and use my Neti Pot faithfully! Here is a link for more information on Neti Pots, which saved me from so much suffering: http://healing.about.com/od/ent/ht/netipot.htm As always, thank you for reading!
C. De Melo
Author & Artist