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Chicken Noodle Soup {fighting the flu}

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This cold and flu season has been a real bear already and we are just getting started.  My oldest keeps bringing home bugs, which give her the sniffles and me bronchitis.  This must be a sign I am getting old.  At the start of the symptoms, I make a huge batch of my chicken noodle soup, a rich, warm broth packed with powerful, natural ingredients. I’m a huge advocate for doing things the natural way whenever possible — if you share this belief, you are going to love this soup!

While recuperating from this last tango with bronchitis, I have been living here in my couch pit with all of the necessities –

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…and this is my view:

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Everyone has a chicken noodle soup recipe.  It is a classic feel-good, cure-all dish that has been healing the body and soul for an eternity.  My chicken noodle soup is geared specifically towards the cold and flu season, focusing on natural ingredients with powerful healing abilities.  Every ingredient of the soup plays a part, but these are the top 4 cold and flu fighter ingredients:

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  • garlic –> decongestant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-vampire
  • ginger –> anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, detoxifier
  • chili pepper –> decongestant, ant-inflammatory
  • lemon –> detoxifier, immunity booster, decongestant

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We’ll also be cooking with coconut oil, which is a virus killer.  Did you know that?  Coconut oil absorbs directly into viral cells where it destroys the protective coating of the virus, killing it.  Just one more reason to use coconut oil!  It does an excellent job at sauteing, so it is an easy addition.

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This soup is packed with cold and flu combating power. Garlic is the trickiest of the ingredients as cooking it destroys its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.  If you’re feeling froggy, chomp down on a raw garlic clove — it is highly recommended.  Raw garlic also destroys cancer cells and prevents their growth!  For this soup we can retain the garlic’s healing powers by treating it gently.  First, crush the garlic and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.  This allows for the allicin to form (the bug-fighting compound) and the garlic becomes stable enough to withstand moderate cooking without significant health-benefit loss.  We’re going to add this at the last minute so it gets a slight cook, but not much.  Better yet, use the raw garlic as a garnish!

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I’m kind of a control freak when it comes to… well, everything.  This could easily be a one pot wonder, just cook the veggies, the chicken and then the noodles in one pot — but, I like to cook things separately.  I roast the chicken (usually double what this recipe calls for, shredding the rest and saving for quesadillas) and cook the noodles, adding them at the end.  It isn’t much more effort, just a couple extra dishes and I think it helps save the integrity of each ingredient.  Note that this is also a pretty large batch.  I know I’m going to be eating it for days so I make a stock pot full, but you could cut this in half if you want!

Chicken Noodle Soup


3 chicken breasts
3 cups dry pasta
1 medium onion
2 large carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
3 serrano chiles, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
8 cups chicken broth
juice and zest from 1/2-1 lemon
1 inch piece ginger, grated
4-6 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
1 bay leaf
coconut oil
salt, pepper to taste


  1. Coat chicken breasts in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast in a 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.  Allow to cool enough to touch, cube.
  2. While chicken is roasting, prepare pasta as directed, set aside.
  3. Peel and crush the garlic, set aside.
  4. In a large pot, saute onion, carrot, parsnip, celery and chiles in 1 Tbl coconut oil until onion is translucent, no browning.  Add in mushroom and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, bay leaf and seasonings.  Add ginger, lemon juice and zest.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.  Cook, covered for 10 minutes.
  7. Add in garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Add the chicken and pasta to the stock pot.
  9. Serve and garnish with fresh parsley.
  10. To kick it up a notch – garnish with raw minced garlic, fresh chilis, cayenne pepper, grated ginger

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I have a few other must-haves when it comes time to combat the bugs of the season.  One.  Carbonation!  When my stomach is upset, I always reach for carbonated water or tonic.  Two.  Kleenex and lots of them.  I have been blowing my nose for a week solid now so my only option is a soft tissue infused with lotion.  An irritated nose is one of the worst things about the season.  And, three.  A cold lavender scented, flax-filled sack to soothe my itchy eyes and pounding head. Heaven.

Stay healthy this season by eating healthy and supplementing with natural immunity boosters.  When the sickies strike though, make sure to stock up on Kleenex.  Fulfill all your facial tissue needs at Target and use this coupon for $1 Kleenex 4-pack or larger.

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  1. November 26, 2013 at 9:27 am — Reply

    This was AWESOME!!!!

  2. November 27, 2013 at 12:25 am — Reply

    I love Kleenex with aloe. Whenever I start not feeling well I start drinking oj and chicken boullion immediately.

  3. November 27, 2013 at 5:46 am — Reply

    I could use some of that now…

  4. November 27, 2013 at 6:47 am — Reply

    Soup sounds so good right now. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  5. November 27, 2013 at 7:00 am — Reply

    I really hope to avoid getting sick this year but even if I don’t I think I need to give this soup a try – it looks and sounds so good!

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