Fight the Flu Naturally: Garlic, Ginger, & Scallion Soup

The best foods are prepared from simple, fresh ingredients

The best foods are prepared from simple, fresh ingredients

I’m not a nutritionist – but I do know how to prepare simple, delicious, healthy food, and when I’m in the mood, I’ll post recipes here.

I recently had a nasty but blissfully short battle with the flu – my first since I’ve gotten my weight under control (shocker – put good things in your body, and you’ll be better able to fight off the bad things that attack the body). When I first felt it coming on, I quickly prepped this easy soup to combat it.

Fight-the-flu Garlic, Scallion, & Ginger Soup

Ingredients:

2 bunches of scallions, chopped

a knuckle-sized knob of fresh ginger root, grated

one head of garlic, chopped

1/3 of a bunch of fresh cilantro (optional)

kosher salt

2 TB sesame oil

4 cups chicken broth (preferably organic, homemade even better)

Sriaracha (Rooster Hot Sauce) and cayenne pepper to taste

Heat the sesame oil in a large soup-pot or sauce pan over medium heat. Add scallions (reserve a handful of the green part for garnish) and saute until whites begin to turn translucent, add garlic. Saute until garlic is soft – watch your heat and take your time: garlic tastes bitter if it is burned. Season with a little kosher salt and add cilantro (if using) and most of your ginger, then pour in your chicken broth. Let the flavors simmer together for 20 to 30 minutes, then dish yourself out a bowl. Garnish with some of your scallions and leftover ginger (feel free to grate more in if you feel the need) and as much Sriaracha and cayenne pepper as your palette can stand. The idea is to steam out the sickness with the heat of the spice, but in addition cayenne is a terrific natural remedy for everything from digestive issues to high blood pressure, as well as a natural appetite suppressant.

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Author:Dory Diaz Photography

Dory is a professional wedding and portrait photographer, writer, and social media addict.

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