When flu seasons strike, we all are at a high risk of getting infected. It’s no secret that this year, flu has hit us hard. And if you have ever had a nasty cold or flu, you wouldn’t like to experience the same. But one thing that most people aren’t aware of is the power of flu busting soups. Let me break it down for you.
While soups are known for their ability to keep you warm, they can help you fight back those nasty flus causing your sniffles. And what’s more, they keep you hydrated and help the body fight infections.
But one thing you need to know is that while soups hydrate your body, not every soup will cure your flu. And this boils down to the ingredients you use. For this roundup, I have compiled four best flu busting soups for any cold or flu season.
And the best part is, the soups have detailed preparation guide. Stay with me!
1. Spiced Carrot Soup
Most people underestimate the power of carrots.
Well, I’m sure when you were growing up, your parents recommended you to consume more carrots to enhance your vision. They would even go further and complement this simple veg for its ability to help you see in the dark.
We all consumed as much as our stomachs could accommodate. But do you know a simple spiced carrot soup can cure your flu? Here is what you need.
500grams peeled carrots
1/2tsp cayenne pepper
2tsp canola oil
4 garlic cloves (crushed)
1 bunch of freshly chopped coriander
1 cup vegetable stock
- In a cooking pan sauté your onions and garlic for 3 minutes
- Chop your carrots into 1” chunks and add them to the pan along with your spices. Stir for two minutes
- Add your vegetable stock, cayenne, cumin, and half of the coriander, and let it boil for 20 minutes
- Strain the remaining stock in a bowl and put the vegetables in a blender. Blend them to a thick consistency then transfer it back to the pan. Add salt, pepper and your vegetable stock. Simmer for three minutes then garnish with coriander.
- Enjoy while hot
2. Roasted Chicken Soup
When you have a sore throat and sniffles, spiced chicken soup can save you some few bucks you could have spent on over the counter drugs. The soup is loaded with traditional spices to relieve the pain and decongest your nasal system.
Its preparation is pretty simple and does not call for lengthy prepping. And here is how to go about it.
1 lb chicken (deboned)
5 cups chicken broth
¼ cup Tomato puree
1tbsp cayenne pepper
1tsp black pepper
1tbsp garlic powder
1tbsp turmeric powder
¼ cup of cooking oil
- In a large basin, add your black pepper, garlic, turmeric, cumin and cayenne powder. Using your fingers, mix until they are properly incorporated
- Using a brush, apply oil on the chicken pieces and put them inside and apply the mixture on the surface and leave it for 15 minutes
- Place the chicken pieces on a charcoal grill and roast. Keep turning to make sure you attain a brownish appearance on all sides
- Sauté onions in a cooking pot. Add salt and tomato puree. Stir and simmer for five minutes then add your roasted chicken. Cook it for 20 minutes under low heat and serve the soup
3. Sweet Potato and Black Beans Spiced Soup
When you experience those nasty sniffles, sweet potato and black beans, soup is the go-to. When spiced, this soup is a nutritional powerhouse for fighting flu and keeping your body well nourished.
That not all the soup boasts of its incredible flavor which can be addictive.
3 large sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
½ purple cabbage (chopped)
1 avocado (deseeded and chopped)
250g canned black beans
1 lime (juiced)
1 bunch chopped cilantro (save leaves for garnish)
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
1 tsp pepper
1tsp black pepper
1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2tbsp olive oil
2 cups veg broth
1/2tsp chili powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp Turmeric powder
- Heat oil in a large cooking pot. Add your cumin, cocoa powder and turmeric for 40 seconds
- Add garlic, onions, and sauté under low heat for 5 minutes
- Add your sweet potatoes, salt, black pepper, chili, cabbage, pepper and vegetable broth. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Wash the black beans thoroughly and add them along with maple syrup and half of the cilantro and cook for 10 minutes
- Transfer your soup in a blender and blend it to a thick consistency
- Return it to your cooking pot and add lime juice. Stir and serve while hot
- Garnish with your avocado pieces and cilantro
4. Roasted Lamb Tail Soup
Lamb tail soup is one of the go-to remedies for a sore throat and sniffles. The soup leaves a soothing feeling to your throat and is loaded with tallow which helps clear your throat.
Due to its high-fat content, most people do not consume it. But what most people don’t know is its power to relieve sore through and flu.
And the best part is its preparation is straight forward.
1 chili pepper
- Place the tail on fire until the tail turn black, and the fur is thoroughly burnt
- Using a knife and cut the tail longitudinally in half. Place it on charcoal and roast it for 10 minute
- Cut it into small pieces. Sauté onions in a cooking pot and add your roasted lamb pieces and salt. Stir for two minutes and add warm water. Simmer for 5 minutes then add your chili pepper
- Cook for another 5 minutes and enjoy while hot
Do not sit back and let flu take a toll on your body. With our flu busting soups, you can keep your body hydrated and well-nourished even when you don’t feel like cooking. Better still, the recipes help boost your immunity and are a great pick for keeping you warm during winter.
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