Since everyone is sick, I though I’d share this recipe for “Seriously Healing Garlic-Thyme Chicken Soup” from Shannon who blogs at Nourishing Days. In addition to its antibacterial properties, garlic is good as a decongestant and expectorant while thyme is good for relieving chest congestion. And of course, there’s something comforting about chicken soup. I think someone wrote a book about it. Get well soon everybody!
Seriously Healing Garlic-Thyme Chicken Soup
2 T. butter
2 celery stalks
1 whole head of garlic (at least) plus 3 extra cloves
1 1/2 qt. chicken stock
1 T. thyme (at least) plus extra to finish
diced chicken (optional)
chopped leafy greens or other vegetables as desired
splash of vinegar or lemon juice
sea salt and pepper, to taste
Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add diced onion, celery, carrots, and a pinch of sea salt. Saute for about five minutes, or until onions are translucent. Meanwhile chop up all of the garlic, setting aside 3 cloves that are finely minced. Add garlic to vegetables, saute one more minute, and add stock, thyme, and chopped leafy greens or other vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add cooked chicken if using, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, and season with sea salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and taste the broth for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
For those who are under the weather add the remaining finely minced raw garlic and sprinkle in some extra thyme for good measure. Serve piping hot.
I found the Oprah image on Funny Junk where it was credited to MyFault.