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Immune Boosting Noodle Soup

It’s now March and even though here in Melbourne, Australia, its Autumn time and the weather should be cooling down, but not this year, it’s still mostly hot, with the odd cool day or humid day.

One thing I do know is, when the weather is a little crazy, often its a breeding ground for virus’s and we get challenges with sniffles and colds, which has been the case in my household a couple of weeks ago.

When this happens, I like to get some homemade chicken broth out of the freezer, some medicinal herbs and spices and whip up a big batch of my immune boosting soup.

Bone broths have been used in traditional cultures for centuries, not only for it’s immune boosting but many other medicinal purposes.  You can find out more here if you like?

The other medicinal properties I have used in this soup are garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, turmeric and miso paste. The later being optional.

Garlic-

  • is known to boost the function of the immune system.
  • One large 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with placebo.
  • The average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in placebo to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.
  • Another study found that a high dose of garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) can reduce the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.

If you often get colds, then adding garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.

Bottom Line: helps to prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. To read more about the benefits of garlic, click the link here from Healthy Ambition

Turmeric- has huge benefits for our health and has recently been touted as the miracle spice. I’m not one to give a single ingredient such accolades, but here is a link to scientific evidence, explaining the benefits. 

Ginger- has been used in many Asian cultures for centuries for it’s medicinal properties and one that is a firm favourite in my home. Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Benefits of Miso:

  1. Contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
  2. Stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach.
  3. Restores beneficial probiotic to the intestines.
  4. Aids in the digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines.
  5. Is a good vegetable-quality source of B vitamins (especially B12)
  6. Strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid.
  7. Strengthens the immune system and helps to lower LDL cholesterol.
  8. Is high in antioxidants that protect against free radicals.

Now, using miso paste is optional in the soup, as not all people, especially kids, like the taste. I recommend, starting with small amounts, then adding more as you go along. It’s not something you use is large amounts at any time though. Miso is heat sensitive, so add to your broth, once you remove from the stove.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, it certainly nourishing, mind, body and soul……cold, flu or not!

Immune Boosting Noodle Soup
Print Recipe
This quick and easy soup can be whipped on whenever the onset of a cod or flu is upon you or a family member. I always keep homemade chicken stock in my freezer, which can be a saving grace in these situations. This serves 4 people, but you could easily make a double batch to have in your fridge, so you can grab over the next day or two and really kick that nasty little bug!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Immune Boosting Noodle Soup
Print Recipe
This quick and easy soup can be whipped on whenever the onset of a cod or flu is upon you or a family member. I always keep homemade chicken stock in my freezer, which can be a saving grace in these situations. This serves 4 people, but you could easily make a double batch to have in your fridge, so you can grab over the next day or two and really kick that nasty little bug!
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 10-15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 litre chicken Stock preferably homemade, for the health benefits. If vegatrian, you can use vegetable stock.
  • 3 - 4 cloves fresh garlic, grated use as many cloves as you can handle!
  • 2 cm Fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cm fresh Tumeric, grated you can substitue for 1 teaspoon tumeric powder, if unable to get fresh
  • 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cups fresh vegetables of your choice I suggest thinly sliced onions, broccoli, bokchoy, carrots, celery
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped cooked or fresh chicken * if vegetarian, use cubed tufu
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 pkt fresh or dried rice noodles prepare according packet intructions.
  • 1 Whole fresh chilli, chopped * optional
  • 1-2 tsp Miso Paste *this is optional
  • dash of soy/tamari sauce * this is also optional for extra flavour
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Prepare your noodles, according to the packet intructions.
  2. Place in a saucepan, your chicken stock and bring to a bowl, then turn down to a simmer..
  3. In a mortor and pessel or small food processor, pound or blitz your ginger, garlic, lemongrass and tumeric until its forms a paste. If you need, add a little soy sauce or water if a little dry. Then add to your broth. Stir until well combined.
  4. Chop up your chicken and all your vegetables. If using fresh chicken, place in your broth. After 5 minutes, add your vegetables ( if using cooked chicken, add this now, also.) Simmer for 5-10minutes. You don't want to over cook your vegetables, but want the flavours to infuse.
  5. In soup bowls, add your prepared noodles. Take your broth off the stove, then if using miso, stir through now, making sure it has disolved well.
  6. Ladle your broth, with your vegetables, chicken or tofu over your noodles. Add your fresh bean sprouts and if using, fresh chilli. Enjoy!
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