This soup is nicknamed “The Flu Bomb” because of the illness-fighting properties of the herbs, roots, and other ingredients. (At the very least, it is warm, soothing, and easy to eat when you’re under the weather.)
- 1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups Israeli pearl couscous
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup shredded or sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp dried ginger*
- 1 tsp dried turmeric*
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary*
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme*
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano*
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 3-5 drops lemongrass oil (optional)*
Add all ingredients except couscous to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Turn off heat, remove chicken to plate and stir in couscous; shred chicken and return to pot. Serve when couscous is tender (30 minutes or so). Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Perfect with a big hunk of warm crusty bread!
*(I use dried herbs for convenience, but you can certainly use fresh for an extra health boost; just double the amount.)
- Rosemary is an oral disinfectant and alleviates headaches and fevers.
- Thyme contains vitamin C, which helps boost immunity.
- Oregano eases sinus pain.
- Lemongrass has a mild astringent to ease sore throats and other pain.
- Turmeric has significant anti-inflammatory qualities.
- Ginger is a pain reliever.
- Garlic is antibacterial, and its aromatic properties opens sinus passages.
- Onions inhibit the growth of bacteria.
- Celery contains vitamin C, relieves migraines, helps to calm stress, and reduces blood pressure.
- Chicken stock has the ability to soothe the throat and calm the nerves.
- Black pepper aids absorption of other ingredients.
- Couscous is rich in selenium and helps lower the risk of cancer.
- Carrots have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.