Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)
“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.”-Ina Garten
- Cleansing. “Plenty of fluids” is often advised when you’re ill. A body full of attacking allergens (like a virus) and battling antibodies needs to be flushed in order to get healthy. To that effect, the abundant broth in chicken soup performs aptly.
- Disinfecting. Chicken soup is generally fairly salty (with lower-sodium versions), so that when it goes down your throat it acts in much the same way as gargling warm salt water. In other words, it removes bacteria in the throat, mouth, and tonsils.
- Clears sinuses. Much like other warm liquids (for example, tea), it can help to clear the sinuses with steam.
- Strengthening. The lean protein in chicken and nutrients from added vegetables work to bolster your strength when your body is feeling drained of energy.
My husband was home sick for 2 days: allergies, cold, sinuses. I prepared home- made chicken soup, which is a staple in our home and a comfort food. You can use anything you have in the fridge. Since I didn’t have any parsnip or turnip (which I usually use), this was a very simple, basic soup: chicken wings (yes, I know, they’re fatty, but oh so good), lots of cut up carrots, chopped onion, chopped celery, a peeled and diced potato, fresh parsley and some salt and pepper to taste. If you use frozen vegetables, then use the Goya Mixed Vegetables, which are the best and throw a handful in. Of course, you can add a little rice or Pennsylvania Dutch noodles. Chicken soup can be frozen. I make small containers and keep them in my mom’s freezer which she easily defrosts and reheats.
I don’t know how the weather is where you are at this moment, but in NY it’s rainy and windy, a great day for home-made chicken soup! Be well!