Chicken soup for the fluI don’t know when or who came up with the recommendation of chicken soup to treat or alleviate the symptoms of winter maladies, but it is a wise advice that can contribute to an easier course of the disease.

Whenever we have fever, from a viral cold or the flu, we do become slightly dehydrated, and our body rejects nutrition in the form of a heavy meal. But a light, liquid, warm repast that provides just enough calories to get by and helps to curve the dehydration caused by the fever, may just be what we need to feel better.

This chicken soup is made from scratch and it is very easy to prepare. Although it is easier to open a can, just think about the hidden ingredients added to the process, such as colorants and preservatives. You may then decide to start cooking!

Chicken soup provides the right amount of calories to help you fight the cold, with a perfect balance of carbohydrates (provided by the pasta), protein (in chicken and egg), fat (from chicken meat), as well as fiber and vitamins (in vegetables).

My Favorite Chicken Soup Recipe

– 1.5 lb of chicken.

– 2 stalks of celery.

– 2 medium carrots

– 1 medium onion

– 2 garlic cloves.

– 1 medium tomato.

– 1/3 cup of “egg pastina

– 1 hard-boiled egg.

In a medium size pot, place the first 6 ingredients and add water until they are all covered. Bring to a boil and cook in low until the chicken is tender and the vegetables are soft (about 30 minutes). Take out the pieces of chicken and set them apart to allow them to cool off. Leave the rest of the ingredients in the water and remove the pot from the stove. Using a hand blender, mix the vegetables in the water until the solid vegetables become liquefied.

When the chicken is cool, separate the meat from the bones and cut the meat in small pieces. Add the chicken meat to the liquefied mixture of vegetables. Add the “egg pastina” in the form of pasta shaped as spirals, elbows, stars, etc, and allow cooking for another 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Before serving, add the hard-boiled egg cut in small pieces. If the soup is too liquid for you, separate ½ cup of the soup mixture and add 1 tbsp of cornstarch. Stir until it dissolves completely and then add it to the soup, allowing it to cook for another few minutes. This soup can be prepared in advance and kept frozen if needed.

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About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.