If You Have a Cold for the New Year Here’s Help
I am a firm believer in the old cure for the common cold being chicken noodle soup. It sure has helped in the past. I don’t know what it is but there have been studies that link chicken soup with feeling better after a siege of coughs and sniffles. It recently helped my oldest daughter. Now I hope it will help my husband and the younger one.
Dr. Stephen Rennard MD out of University of Nebraska Medical Center tested his theory that chicken soup can ease the suffering of cold symptoms and added his wife’s home made chicken soup to white blood cells, called neutrophils from 15 different volunteers. To his surprise, the soup did slow the neutrophils. In fact, he claims that chemicals in the broth-based elixir clears a stuffy nose by inhibiting inflammation of the cells in the nasal passages.
Dr. Rennard did admit that there needed to be more studies conducted, but believes his findings from 1990 are one more piece to complete the puzzle.
At the very least, chicken soup contains healthy vegetables, protein, and liquid to keep you hydrated. This recipe contains all those good wintry cold calming ingredients like:
- 6 quarts boiling water
- 2 ribs diced celery
- 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 or 3 large chicken leg quarters (about 1 and 1/2 to 2 lbs)
- 6 chicken flavored bouillon cubes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 inch circumference bundle of angel hair pasta broken in 1 inch pieces
First, saute the vegetables in a large skillet until the onions are clear, Then boil the water and cook the chicken in it until the temperature of the chicken is 180°. Remove the chicken to a plate to cool slightly and let it rest a while. Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the boiling water, add the vegetables and noodles and boil until the noodles are tender. Turn off the flame. Remove the skin, sinew, and bones from the chicken leg quarters and tear or cut up the meat into small bite-size pieces. Add them to the soup and serve.
This makes enough soup to float a battle ship so be ready to store some leftovers unless you plan on serving several wards of sick people. I made this big pot because the leftovers will be a welcome heat-and-eat meal over the next few days while everyone is on the mend. I’ve luckily escaped the grips of this round of germs but having this ready made secret weapon in stock is a good thing. This soup freezes nicely too. Stay well, and Happy New Year everyone!