What is it with the holidays and getting sick? Maybe it’s because you finally get the chance to slow down and relax after going nonstop for so long that it hits you all at once. And when it hits you, it’s like a freight train. After stuffing our pretty little faces for Thanksgiving, we watched movies, vegged and my husband got the flu. Poor guy.
Enter chicken soup. The epitome of home cooked medicine and cold-curing perfection. And when you or your loved one is sick, you need something quick and easy to throw together with one hand on the box of tissues. The secret is rotisserie chicken. Or in the event that you have almost an entire leftover post-Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge, cooked turkey.
Super Easy Chicken Soup
2-3 cups cooked turkey or rotisserie chicken (preferably organic), pulled
4-5 handfuls baby carrots, chopped roughly
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, 2 minced and 2 left whole for good luck
5 stalks celery, chopped roughly
2 32 oz cartons vegetable broth + extra water, if needed
1/2 tsp bouillon(Penzy’s Turkey Soup Base works great)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground sage (I think this is the key)
Pinch celery salt
Pinch red pepper flakes, if desired
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 – 1 1/2 cups whole wheat egg noodles
Chop onions, garlic, carrots and celery (rough chop is perfectly fine). Add olive oil to soup pot over medium heat. Add veggies and let sweat for a few minutes until onion is translucent. Add red pepper flakes, if using, to taste. Let cook 1-2 minutes more. Add veggie broth and extra water, if needed. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer and add spices, bouillon and additional garlic cloves. Bring back to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook until al dente. Taste broth and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with a piece of hearty whole grain bread for dunking.
If you want a little extra immunity boost, add some tumeric when you adjust the seasonings at the end. Tumeric, along with garlic, oregano and even zinc (found in oysters and lean meats like chicken breast) are considered some of the top immunity boosting foods. No wonder chicken soup gets such a good rap.
This is by no means a strict recipe. Feel free to experiement or change things around. If you’re sick, anything goes. Sometimes the best soups are the ones you make with all the stuff you have leftover in the fridge. So have some fun with it and you’ll feel better in no time!