Avoiding the Flu – A Very Casual Chicken Soup Recipe

 

Hero was out of town on business most of the week, so naturally I was glad when I received his call yesterday afternoon telling me he was on his way home.  Yippee!  I thought.   I’ll see him in four or five hours. 

 

Sure enough, I was in the kitchen, dutifully preparing healthy slash hearty comfort food for supper when I heard the front door open.  My hands were gooey with Italian sausage, so I didn’t immediately rush to meet Hero. 

 

While I hastily washed my hands, I listened to hear him call out a greeting.  But there was none.  I wiped my hands, straightened my apron, and touched my hair, a la Lucy Ricardo, (okay – I do wear aprons but, forget the hair primping), and headed for our room where I knew he’d be setting down his suitcase.  I only got halfway through the living room before Hero appeared in the doorway looking pasty white, and holding out one hand at arms length. 

 

“You don’t want to come any closer,”  He groaned.  “I am really sick.” 

 

The poor dear.  He hadn’t wanted me to worry so he didn’t tell me on the phone.  Guess his long drive was pretty miserable.  He changed into sweats, claimed the nearest sofa and pulled a blanket up close. 

 

Nausea, chills, fever, all-over aching.  It’s that season, folks.  But just because one family member gets sick, doesn’t mean we all have to.  A few simple steps can go a long way toward staying healthy.  Here’s what generally works for us: 

 

1.)  Eat healthy.  Duh.  I know.  But I’ve been amazed to discover how many people don’t yet realize that sugar compromises the immune system.  Is it any wonder that colds and flu seem to follow Halloween?  When we’re fighting anything in this household, the first thing to monitor is our sugar intake. 

 

 But living a lifestyle of healthy eating goes a long way toward prevention.  (You don’t want to read my two posts, on “Candy Corn and Peanuts.”)  Concerning sugar, you might want to take a look at this:

 

http://www.mercola.com/article/sugar/dangers_of_sugar.htm        

 

2.)  Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of water.

 

3.) Get enough sleep.

 

4.) Keep short accounts with God and people.  Anger, stress, worry, criticism, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc. can wreak havoc on our immune systems. 

 

5.) Nurture gratitude.  To program your thinking in that direction, start making a daily list of things to be thankful for.  It really helps. 

 

6.) Find things to laugh about.

 

7.) Chicken soup really does have therapeutic value.  For a quick and easy recipe:  Get a rotisserie chicken from Wal-mart, or wherever.  While it’s still warm, remove the meat from the bones.  Discard the skin.  Set meat aside.  Simmer chicken bones in 4 – 6 cups of water for about 1 1/2 hours.  While it’s simmering, cube the chicken meat.  Peel and shred a couple carrots; chop a little onion, cut up some celery, and maybe one clove of garlic.  When simmering is complete, pour broth through sieve into another container.  Don’t pour your broth down the drain!   Discard bones.  Add chopped veggies to broth and bring to gentle boil just until they begin to soften.  Add a handful or so of egg noodles, or a little rice and cook until noodles are done.  (Note:  Noodles absorb lots of the broth so sometimes I cook them separately in water flavored with Watkins Chicken Soup base.)  Add salt, black pepper, and/or a bit of poultry seasoning according to your taste.  Add cubed chicken last.          

 

And now a few disclaimers:   

 

a.)  Hero did not pig-out at/after Halloween.

                                                 

b.)  I am not a doctor.

                                                 

c.) I know none of this is new information.

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2 Responses

  1. Love chicken noodle soup!

  2. Love the post and your blog!!! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

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