I don’t know about you, but my whole family has been hit with the dreaded lurgy this winter. The coughs, snotty noses, headaches & sore throats. It’s the pits. Even more so when you’re one of these people & you’ve got a house to feed – including yourself!
A while ago I came across this recipe by Baby Mac & I love it. It’s super easy, comforting & just what you feel like when you’re under the weather. It’s even easy to adapt to whatever you have in the pantry & fridge/freezer to suit you & your family.
I love to make my own Chicken Stock, especially as my kids love poached chook & it can be used for so many different meals afterwards. (I’ll go into those recipes later, I promise!). I usually freeze both the stock & the shredded chicken to save for later, this stock & the chicken is great to use in this soup recipe.
Fear not however, if you don’t have any homemade Chicken stock peeps, the lovely people at Continental gave me some of their Salt Reduced Chicken Stock Pot to try & it is lovely. A super easy alternative to homemade stock, I suggest you keep some of these babies in your pantry at all times!
So, let’s get cooking.
1 pack frozen wonton dumplings or noodles or;
Cooked or raw, diced chicken or pork
1 litre chicken stock
1 clove garlic crushed
1 knob of ginger grated
3 shallots or spring onions sliced
Splash of soy sauce
Few drops of sesame oil
Coriander, lemongrass & chilli
Step 1. Heat up your stock, about 1 litre. 2 x Continental Stock Pots in 1 litre of water if you’re using store bought.
Step 2. Throw in whatever your heart desires, but for a Cold & Flu busting soup I suggest, approx. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, 1 knob of ginger grated or thinly sliced. 3 spring onions or shallots if you’re feeling fancy. A good splash of Soy Sauce & a few drops of Sesame Oil. I like to add some finely chopped coriander root & lemongrass as well, but the soup won’t be lacking without. If you like things spicy, some fresh chopped chilli would be really yummy here too.
Step 3. Next is all about your chosen filling. If you have some shredded cooked chook left over in the freezer, you could bang that in right at the end, along with any sort of noodles you might have in the pantry. Uncooked diced chicken or pork would work great as well. Both the uncooked meat & noodles will only take a few minutes in the boiling stock. Another fave in our house is using some frozen wontons or dumplings. We usually have a bag bought at our local supermarket in the freezer. If you’re really excited – we made these gorgeous gyoza this week over at Land of Zonkt which would probably work really well too, you could just put them in the bottom of your bowl & spoon the soup stock over the fresh gyoza as you’re ready to eat.
And that my friends, is that. Healthy & hearty, clean eating. Great to beat those colds & flus. Dose up your family & friends with loads of garlic & ginger & feel good about it!