February 3, 2015

Get You Well Quick Soup {Recipe Files}

Being sick sucks. Yup, I said it. Feeling poopy, tired, and in a drug induced haze is no fun at all. For whatever reason, my body usually goes from 100% to 85% which usually means working while sick or a sick day if it's really bad. I'm trying to get better at noticing when I'm teetering below 100%, so I can stock my body up with natural boosters and vitamins to combat whatever my body is fighting.

Garlic is one of nature's best products [in my opinion] and one that helps boost your immune system when you're feeling a lil bit down. Whenever Le Husband or I feel under the weather we reach for our garlic recipes to give our bodies a boost. If we catch it early enough, usually two days of garlic HEAVY meals, we can knock out whatever we are fighting and won't need to take medicine or a day off of work. Score, right? Our "go to garlic" recipes are usually spaghetti sauce, garlic & mushrooms, garlic green beans and sometimes just garlic on top of bread if we need extra carbs.

A few months ago, Le Husband created this healthy and easy Garlic Chicken Soup and it has become a staple the past few weeks. Soup is one of my favorite things to eat when I'm feeling yucky, but I am not a fan of the unnecessary noodle/rice carbs you get in cans. This recipe can be as paleo/primal friendly as you wish or you can add zoodles/noodles if you choose. I'm listing the ingredients I used in my most recent soup, but the beauty of this recipe is the fact it's EASILY adapted to whatever ingredients you have in your home or whatever you are craving to get better.

PSA: IF YOU DON'T LIKE GARLIC THIS IS NOT THE RECIPE FOR YOU! You could make the soup without the garlic, but the whole point is the garlic to boost your immune system. Get on the garlic train and get better, faster.

Quick Garlic 'Get You Better' Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
5-8 garlic cloves chopped, plus 1 T of minced garlic
[yes, this is a lot of garlic, but that's the point of the soup]
4 oz precooked chicken
Chicken broth
Veggies: I used mushrooms, onions and peppers
Salt & Pepper
Herbs: I used Sage


Step 1: Briefly saute the garlic and onions, probably two to three minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn as it retains an acid taste when it's over cooked.

Step 3: Add the rest of your fixin's to the pot. If I'm feeling particularly under the weather, I tend to make the soup more of a broth plus some veggies, just to get some nutrients in my body. When I want soup, I'll add chicken, peppers, mushrooms, carrots and whatever else I have in the fridge.

Step 3: Once your ingredients are cooked to your liking [ I prefer mine still on the crunchy side, Le Husband likes his cooked through] add enough stock to make a soup. I've made  huge batches and used a whole carton, or just used two cups for a single meal. Again, this is all about preferences and how you enjoy your soup.

Step 4: Let the soup simmer for five to ten minutes, again depending on the consistency you want your veggies, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5 [Optional]: I like to add fresh herbs the last few minutes, but you don't have to add anything else if that's not to your taste. I just find it adds that extra layer of flavor.

Step 6: Serve and enjoy.

As I've mentioned before, this recipe can be doctored any which way. Just keep the garlic and chicken broth, okay? Let me know what y'all think if you make it!

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32 comments:

Claire | Fashion + Feathers said...

That sounds really good! I'm a huge fan of garlic and soup and not being sick. Saving this to make soon :)

BLovedBoston said...

This sounds so good and you're so right - garlic is the best fighter to get your immune system back to where it needs to be! I'm battling a little cold right now and all I want is chicken soup!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

That looks so good!!! I love garlic the more the better and it is so healthy for you! Thanks for the share girl!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

YUM! I love a good chicken soup, especially when I'm sick or on cold days... like today!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

Well we are so in sync! This is borderline perfect right now and so appropriate! haha I should make some for my entire floor! Hope you're feeling good! Muah!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Yum, yum - there's nothing better than homemade chicken soup when you're sick!

Kristen said...

i'm sick right now :( i LOVE garlic, but not super into chicken, so maybe I'll just eat some garlic tonight lol

Courtney B said...

No way! How did I not know this about garlic?! I was sooooo sick last week, too (while watching 5 boys and then moving weekend, UGH!) but now Mia caught it! I'm gonna try this on her!

Illegally Blonde said...

Yum. we love soup.

Brooke said...

I love garlic!! It's just a bonus that it's good for the ol' immune system. Homemade soup is one of my favorites. I'm vegetarian but it's easy enough to alter soup recipes to make them meat-free. I made a huge batch of spaghetti sauce last night and went heavy on the garlic. Just the way I like it!

Breanna said...

I hope you feel better soon! Now all you need is your man to make you the soup while giving you a foot rub

Katie Elizabeth said...

I had NO idea about garlic helping fight off sickness! We love it so next time we're starting to feel off, I'm definitely going to be making this!

Emily said...

A warm soup is always a great medicine when you're sick and thankful I love garlic and use it very often to cook most of my meals.

Carolyn said...

Oh this sounds yummy! :) And a single serving soup recipe?!?! GENIUS!

Julia said...

I've always heard garlic is the best for getting rid of colds and such! Thanks for the recipe, will have to keep this in mind!

Jen said...

YUM!!! I am definitely going to try this.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

That sounds delicious! Soup is much needed around here with all this snow!

Jessica said...

So, I might have to reduce the garlic by a clove or two - especially while pregnant, since anything too strong never sits well. But aside from that minor modification, this soup sounds yummy. And so easy to make with ingredients that you already have on hand! Hoping you are able to fend off whatever illness is trying to plague you! I am still not quite over my last cold and definitely don't want another one. #gohomewinteryouredrunk

Also, loving your pink cutting board:)

Jess said...

Yum! That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing

Shelby / Recent Somethings said...

I'm going to have to send the link to this to my husband for the next time I get hit with a case of something crappy. This would surely help ;)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I looooove garlic, so this is definitely for me. Looks DELISH :)

Kay R. said...

I love a good soup even when Im not sick so thanks for sharing!

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

I'm home with the flu RIGHT NOW! I love love love garlic, I"m going to see if I can get someone to whip this up for me for dinner (:

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

I'm drooling!! Love me a good easy chicken soup…. especially when I'm under the weather

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

I'm sorry you're under the weather! This soup looks so yummy though! I love cooking with garlic, and I like that you can just throw in whatever you have in the fridge! I wonder if it would work well in the crock pot too.

Pink and Fabulous said...

Yum!! I want to make this right now! I love how easy this is!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Ooh that sounds so good! It almost makes me ache for a sick day pre-kids...just some soup and laying on the couch all day. Those days don't exist anymore... :-)

Erin LFF said...

Yummy! I LOVE garlic and I love soup! I'll have to remember your version :)

Brittany @ Perpetually Daydreaming said...

I had no idea that garlic boosts your immune system! I'll definitely have to try this recipe when we're feeling a little sickness coming on!

Alesha @ Full Time Mama said...

I LOVE garlic so this sounds super good! Will have to try this next time we're down. Thanks for linking up with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

What kind of ASSHOLE doesn't like garlic?!?!