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Beat the flu with food: Naturopath shares the secret to her 'immune-boosting' chicken soup

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 10/06/2019 Billie Schwab Dunn For Daily Mail Australia

It's that time of year where people are constantly sniffling and coughing their way through long days at the office. 

But fortunately, an Australian naturopath student and mother has shared her recipe for 'immune-boosting' chicken soup - promising it acts like 'nature's penicillin' and can help you out instantly.

The recipe from Lauren Clayton, from Mermaid Beach, is packed to the brim with fresh nutritious ingredients to support a weakened system. 

Lauren also incorporated SuperFeast's Mason's Mushrooms and Cherry Tree Kitchen bone broth, which she bought from Flannery's, to give your stressed immune system a powerful kick. 

To start, all you need to do is heat oil in a large pot before browning the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric until golden and fragrant. 

Garlic, chilli and onion support your body’s natural defence system. Allicin, a compound in garlic, is known to boost the white blood cells' response to illness.

Onions also have multiple immunity-supporting compounds, while green chillies are rich in vitamin C to boost resistance to infection.

The addition of turmeric and ginger is because they provide antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action to relieve the unfavourable symptoms of flu. 

She also incorporated SuperFeast’s Mason’s Mushrooms and Cherry Tree Kitchen bone broth © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She also incorporated SuperFeast’s Mason’s Mushrooms and Cherry Tree Kitchen bone broth a bunch of food on a table: To start all you need to do is heat oil in a large pot before browning the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric until golden and fragrant © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited To start all you need to do is heat oil in a large pot before browning the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric until golden and fragrant

Which ingredients are effective for the immune system? 

Mushrooms

They are a powerhouse for supporting the immune system and have been acknowledged by eastern medics for thousands of years for their superpowers. The therapeutic component in these wonderful fungi act as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and cell-regenerating agents.

Turmeric and ginger

These ingredients provide antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action to relieve the unfavourable symptoms of flu.

Garlic, chilli and onion

Supporting your body’s natural defence system. Allicin, a compound in garlic, is known to boost the white blood cell’s response to illness. Onions also have multiple immunity-supporting compounds, whilst green chillies are rich in vitamin C to boost resistance to infection.

Following this, you need to add water, broth and bouillon before bringing the liquid to a heavy simmer.

Next you need to pop in the chicken drumsticks, carrot and corn, and bring back to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Then it is important that you remove the chicken drumsticks and allow the broth to continue simmering and remove the chicken meat from the bones. 

You can either discard the bones or keep them to create your own bone broth later. 

Add the pasta, dried mushrooms, Mason's Mushrooms powder and chicken meat to your pot and continue to simmer until pasta is cooked.

Following this you need to turn off the heat and add your spinach and kale, stirring them both through until the leaves are wilted.

When serving the soup you need to garnish it with parsley and a generous amount of lemon juice.

The reason that it is important to add the lemon juice freshly-squeezed over the dish rather than cooked into the broth is so to not create a bitter flavour, instead adding a fresh and flavourful element to the dish. 


What is the recipe for the immune-boosting citrus chicken soup? 

a close up of food on a wooden table: Serve your soup, garnishing with parsley and a generous amount of lemon juice © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Serve your soup, garnishing with parsley and a generous amount of lemon juice

Ingredients

Splash olive oil

4-5 cloves garlic chopped

1 x large or 2 x small onions

4 tsp chopped ginger

3 heaped tsp. chopped fresh turmeric (or 2 tsp. powdered turmeric)

1 x green chilli

5 cups water

2 cups Cherry Tree Kitchen Organic Chicken Broth

3 tsp. Swiss Vegetable Bouillon powder

4 to 5 large organic chicken drumsticks, skin off 

2 large carrots, cubed

2 cobs of corn, kernels shaved off

1 tbsp. SuperFeast Mason’s mushrooms powder

1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms

1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms

1/2 packet Perfect Earth brown rice pasta

Large handful organic spinach leaves

Large handful organic baby kale

2 lemons

Handful of parsley, chopped

 

Method

1. Heat oil in a large pot. Brown the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger and turmeric until golden and fragrant.

2. Add your water, broth and bouillon, and bring liquid to a heavy simmer.

3. Add the chicken drumsticks, carrot and corn, and bring back to a simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Remove chicken drumsticks, allowing broth to continue simmering. Remove the chicken meat from the bones. Discard bones or keep them to create your own bone broth later.

5. Add the pasta, dried mushrooms, Mason’s Mushrooms powder and chicken meat to your pot. Continue to simmer until pasta is cooked.

6. Turn off the heat, and add your spinach and kale. Stir through until all leaves are wilted.

7. Serve your soup, garnishing with parsley and a generous amount of lemon juice. It is essential that the lemon juice is added freshly-squeezed over the dish rather than cooked into the broth. This avoids creating a bitter flavour, and will add a fresh and flavourful element to your dish.

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