Mother Earth Living

The Good Life

All things Mother Earth Living

Add to My MSN

Feel-Good Friday: Healing Winter Soups

10/28/2011 3:20:00 PM

Tags: healing soup, soup recipes, Polish chicken soup, Tom Yum soup, Tom Yum Gai recipe, Jessica Kellner

It's Feel-Good Friday, and we're heading deeper into the chilly fall season. In the past couple of weeks, there has been frost on the ground every morning here in Kansas. I've turned on my house's radiant heat floors once (mainly to test them out), and we've started a fire in the wood-burning stove. All this has me thinking about the upcoming winter (so does the fact that we're deep in production on our January/February issue). Cue the latest issue of our sister publication Grit magazine! This issue has a collection of warming winter soups—one of my favorite ways to feel better if I come down with a case of the sniffles (I also find that the Mushroom Defense supplements from my local food co-op work wonders.) They offer eight warming winter soups, and I wanted to supplement the list with one I love to cure a cold: spicy Tom Yum Gai soup. Its combination of chicken protein (proven to help us get well!), herbs and spices helps invigorate the immune system and clear the head. Whenever my husband, James, or I are sick in the winter, the other will order a steamy bowlful to be delivered from our favorite Thai restaurant. Healing in a bowl! Here's one of my favorite recipes out of Grit's article, and another for delicious Tom Yum, courtesy templeofthai.com.  

Polish Chicken Soup Recipe

This was my Polish grandmother’s chicken soup recipe, which I still make. The whole allspice adds a unique flavor that makes this soup delicious. I prepare it in a pressure cooker rather than cooking it all day. It has a lot of onion and celery, which also adds to its unique taste. If you have a cold, it will definitely help clear your head.

6 chicken thighs or drumsticks, cooked and meat pulled from bone
3 large onions, chopped
2 to 3 stalks celery, chopped
3 to 4 whole allspice
1 pound wide egg noodles
Black pepper to taste

Place chicken, onions, celery and whole allspice in 3- or 4-quart pressure cooker. Add enough water to fill pressure cooker three-quarters full. After pressure cooker starts to jiggle, cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain in colander.

Place a serving of noodles in individual soup bowls and ladle broth over top. Sprinkle with black pepper to taste.

NOTE: If you don’t have a pressure cooker, soup can be heated in a slow cooker or simmered in a stockpot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Yields 4 servings.

Tom Yum Gai - Sour & Spicy Chicken Soup Recipe

Tom Yum soup is a popular sour and spicy Thai soup, that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. The recipe here adds chicken (Tom Yum Gai), but seafood or shrimp also make great additions. Serve with steamed jasmine rice. 

tom yum
Ingredients 
3 cups water 
4 to 5 kaffir lime leaves 
2 to 3 pieces galangal, slices
1 stalk lemon grass, cut into 2-inch-long pieces 
1 1/2 cup straw mushroom, halved
8 ounces chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces (with or without bone) or shrimp 
4 tablespoons Thai fish sauce 
2 tablespoons lime juice 
1 tablespoon Thai chili pepper, chopped 

Preparation 
Bring water to boil in a medium-sized pot over high heat. Add kaffir lime leaves, galangal and lemon grass. Cook for 2 minutes. 

Add straw mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes more. Add chicken. Do not stir. Cook for 5 minutes or less until the chicken is cooked through—do not overcook.

Remove from heat. Season to taste with fish sauce, lime juice and chili peppers. Serve immediately with steamed jasmine rice.



Related Content

Meatless Monday Recipe: Faux Chicken Soup

Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.

Book Review: Healthy Soup Cookbook

KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of S...

Four New Flavors of All-Natural, Gluten-Free Soups

Bookbinder Specialties recently added four new flavors to their line of gourmet, ready-to serve glut...

Kitchen Shots: Wicked Greens Soup with Fresh Mint

Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.