It feels like everywhere I turn someone is sneezing or coughing. When you have a baby, you become a bit crazy over this type of stuff. I see a sneeze coming from a mile away and I’m all “noooo” and then find myself karate chopping the air, thinking I can somehow combat the germs before they land on one of our noses. Matt woke up with a cold last week and the first thing I said to him was “do not even think of kissing or touching that baby today”…reaaaal nice, Haylie!
I know that we moms get a bit cray cray sometimes, but we can’t help it! I want to blame the sleep deprivation but the horror stories about kids that stay sick for three weeks, is really the culprit.
One of my friends had a rotating cold going around her house! First, her daughter…then her little one..then her husband..then her..then her daughter again. Lots of tears and no sleep.
As hard as we try, you can’t out run the cold and flu season forever…so when it finally creeps in and gets ya, here is a great soup to help kick start the recovery process!
1 32oz container chicken stock
4 cups water
Chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, wings, bones included)
Juice of 2 limes
1-2 stalks of lemongrass (peel tough outer layer & smash/bruise with back of knife to release flavor)
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 Jalapeno, chopped, seeds removed
1 big handful of fresh mint
1 big handful fresh basil
3 scallions, chopped
1 tbsp of grated fresh ginger (I used a microplane)
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of fresh ground pepper (I used pink peppercorns but you can sub black if you don’t have pink)
Big pinch of kosher salt
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large stock pot. When chicken is cooked/no longer pink in center, remove from water and pull off the bone. Set meat aside, and put bones in to a air tight container. (Because you are OBVIOUSLY making homemade chicken broth with them, right?)
Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the herbs, celery, etc.
Add chicken meat back in to the broth. Add a fresh batch of mint & basil and some whole pink peppercorns.
For added cold-busting I like to add an extra pinch of cayenne and ginger to my bowl. This helps to break fevers, reduce body chills, soothe a sore throat and break up phlegm.
Kiss that cold bye bye!