Happy Monday! Unfortunately its a not-so-happy one for my honey, he is home sick with some kind of fever/flu from hell... I thought he had slipped away clean after I had mine a couple of weeks ago, but I guess whatever this evil possession is, is going around and its not letting anyone get away! The funny thing is, when I was having my episode, Matt thought I was being a little over dramatic and exaggerating about the constant alternation of chills and sweats. Last night he poked his head out from under his covers and with a sad face said "you were right...." Oh how that made me glow! I tried hiding it of course... but inside I was doing a dance and singing the "I told you so" song :) hehehehe I promise I am not evil, but c'mon ladies, has your man ever made you feel like a wimp over having some pain and then when they have the same pain its like "alert the media, the end is near!!!"? Either way, I felt bad, because I do know exactly how much pain he was in... so I decided to make him one of my favorite healing soups :)
This is a pretty clean, basic chicken soup. Matt loves rice in soup so I subbed out for the noodles. The funny thing is that traditionally, the women in my family have made this soup with rice for many generations. It must be a latin thing. I like to add a little spice to the soup too, spice warms up your body and helps you sweat out toxins! The garlic I add is also amazing to heal colds/flus. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. If you look up health benefits of garlic you will be shocked at what a miracle food it really is! Add as much as possible to your soup to reap the benefits! Cilantro used as garnish at the end is also an incredible antioxidant. I love sprinkling lots on top :) It has a peppery taste and gives your dish a kick, I LOVE!
I don't add celery to this soup because I am not a big celery fan... but you can add it as well as any other veggie you wish.
Another thing I do differently with this soup is I make the rice separately and store it separately. I usually make a big batch of this soup to last a few meals and if the rice sits in the liquid, it will become all mushy. So just warm up some rice when serving each time and plop a big spoonful on top. Looks prettier too :)
I was born in Peru where life revolves around food :) My grandmother was a cooking goddess and I strive to be half as good as her! I love cooking and eating out and tasting flavors from all over the world. Check out my Facebook page (linked as "f" above my picture) for daily updates and posts! Thanks for visiting and happy cooking! Don't forget to send me your feedback!