Of course as luck would have it, after Little B was sick recently, Mr B caught the cold as well. With Mr B an adult asthmatic we generally hate anything with a cough. So we quickly turned to an old standby – our Super Chicken Soup which we find speeds up recovery or in some cases stops the cold /sore throat etc completely in its tracks before it can take hold.
We morphed together this recipe from 2 different recipes (Bec’s Kill Anything Soup on Simple Savings and Jude Blereau’s Chicken Soup to Heal All Ills in Wholefood for Children).
4 chicken legs (skin off)
4 cloves garlic (finely diced)
2 red chillies
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp coconut oil
5 cups water
1 finely chopped carrot
1.5 good handfuls of baby spinach
1 packet of udon noodles (chopped)
Put chicken legs in with coconut oil and sauté slightly. Then add rest of ingredients except noodles. Cook for 30 minutes, then take chicken out and pull meat off the bone. Put chicken back into soup. Add noodles and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.
This meal is quick, yummy and really clears the sinuses. We make a similar version for Little B sans the chillies. We also puree everything together for him to make a smooth soup and he just gobbles it up. Mr B prefers the soup clear with the vegies, chicken etc floating around in all the garlic/chilli goodness.
I make this as soon as I know either of the boys are sick and it seems to really help. Definitely helps them either not get or get over chest infections really quickly. Which as chief cook, nose wiper and all round go to girl, is nothing short of a bonus!!