The Ultimate Miracle Soup!

adminintroWhat better way to kick off the start of second year of blogging than with a great guest post?! Today’s post comes to us from my dear, sweet friend Chiarita. You may remember her from our recent trip to Vegas! Today, she shares with us a delicious, miracle-recipe for all seasons. March is a month that stands on the precipice of two seasons, and (as such) the weather can be crazy. I don’t know about you, but dramatic temperature shifts always leave me sniffling. This soup, along with looking delicious, seems like that perfect tool to add to my get-well arsenal. Plus, other than vampires, who doesn’t love garlic, right?! Enjoy! ~Leigh

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Whether you’re in Sunny California, Cold Chicago, or the Balmy Southeast, winter is cold and flu season.  And I’ve got the ultimate winter comfort soup for what ails you! It’s perfect for the cold temperatures and your cold symptoms. When we got back from Las Vegas, Mazzy was unfortunate enough to catch the bug that has been making its way around my family, so I set out to make my favorite pharmacist some homemade cold medicine.

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“What makes it ultimate?” you may ask! It’s filling, warming, hearty, and healthy to boot! My Mom calls it Miracle Soup because it sustains us for bouts of the flu, warms us when the mercury in the thermometer drops, and has even helped us lose weight! Yes! It’s that kind of ultimate winter comfort soup!  Filled with ginger, garlic, chicken broth, and a splash of Tabasco, it will help clear your sinuses.

 

Based off of a broth recipe in my Grandma Charlotte’s cookbook Everything Tastes Better with Garlic by Sara Perry (find it in the FTTDWYW store!), I fell in love with my adaptation during a harsh Chicago winter when I had a persistent sinus infection. It is incredibly adaptable, so once you try it I’m sure you’ll be making your own tweaks and adjustments. I’ll share my version, but I encourage you to check out Sara Perry’s book if you love garlic even half as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 32 Oz Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Juicepile of ingredients
  • 2-3 heads of garlic, peeled and sliced or diced  (more or less to taste)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled (grated or sliced)
  • 1 1.5 inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon limejuice
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1 8oz cooked chicken breast shredded
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked

 

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Directions:

In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, garlic, carrot, and ginger over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 min. Stir in the shredded chicken, orange juice, lime juice and Tabasco, beginning with 1/8 teaspoon and adding more to taste. Cover and simmer for 30 min. Add cooked rice just before serving. Salt to taste.

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That’s it! Super easy.  I always add even more garlic. My mom adds more ginger and leaves out the rice and chicken.  I cook the chicken with garlic powder and a sprinkling of extra Tabasco – be sure to give it a minute to cool before shredding it.  When I double the recipe, I don’t double the tomatoes. I suspect Coralie might add cabbage, but you can make your own adjustments – and I feel pretty safe saying, “You will LOVE IT!”

 

The Ultimate Miracle Soup!
 
Based on Sara Perry's- Everything Tastes Better with Garlic: Positively Irresistible Recipes
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Ingredients
  • 32 Oz Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Juice
  • 2-3 heads of garlic, peeled and sliced or diced (more or less to taste)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled (grated or sliced)
  • 1 1.5 inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon limejuice
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1 8oz cooked chicken breast shredded
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, garlic, carrot, and ginger over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 min.
  3. Stir in the shredded chicken, orange juice, lime juice and Tabasco, beginning with ⅛ teaspoon and adding more to taste.
  4. Cover and simmer for 30 min.
  5. Add cooked rice just before serving.
  6. Salt to taste.

 

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