Lots of stuff going around this time of year and I refuse to get sick. If I feel even a little bit rundown I make sure to get extra sleep, drink lots of liquids, and eat more greens and fresh oranges for vitamin C. My inner jewish mother comes out at times like this and urges me to eat chicken soup and to please have a second helping because I look too thin.
I listened to that voice today and made a big pot of simple chicken stock with lots of garlic and herbs. Nothing fancy, but it’s so good and seems to really work to strengthen my immune system.
In a large pot combine:
1 half chopped white onion
3 cloves garlic
half a bag of chopped baby carrots
half a stalk chopped fresh celery
2 bone-in, skin on antibiotic/steroid free chicken breasts
Cover with water and keep on a low boil for one hour. Remove chicken and let cool. Pull meat off bone, discard skin and return meat to pot.
Add: 1 tablespoon chicken broth concentrate, ground black pepper, dash of cumin, dash of dried or fresh dill, *sprig of fresh rosemary and red pepper flakes.
*You can use any fresh herbs you have on hand. To me, the more the better: oregano, parsley, thyme, or sage. I removed the rosemary sprig before serving.
Cover and let simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes. I tossed in some israeli couscous near the end just for a little texture. You could also add a small amount of pasta if desired.
Add salt and pepper to taste if needed. The hot steam will open up sinuses and the vegetable and bone broth will provide nutrients and comfort.
Eat right away and have more- you look thin!