It's that time of year when the change of weather is fickle causing many people to get sick … colds, sniffles, flu. When you are sick, you don't usually think about eating because you don't *feel* like eating, much less do you feel like *thinking* about eating. And yet, there are some foods that are tolerable and even beneficial to these ailments. Isn't it comforting when someone who cares for you offers you something to eat or drink when you are sick and when you are eating it, it feels like they've wrapped their arms around you. I have a couple of go-to dishes and drinks that seem to help every time. One of those is this Lemon Grass Chicken Soup.
We've all heard that Chicken Noodle Soup has restorative value and when I came across this recipe about six years ago in a Sunset Magazine, I knew I had found not only a keeper, but an alternative to Chicken Noodle Soup. It doesn't have noodles, but it has chicken, chicken broth, veggies, and most importantly, fresh ginger, lemon, and garlic. It's a bit of a Thai take on Chicken Noodle Soup and hits the old proverbial spot.
Lemon grass is a fabulous ingredient, tastes like lemons without as much of the sour. It comes in long stalks and you must remove the tough outer leaves, cut the stalk in about 3-inch pieces, then smash it to release the flavor.
If you can't find lemon grass, you can certainly substitute lemons! They have healing properties as well.
You make this soup by bringing broth to a boil, adding the lemon grass, ginger slices, and jalapeno peppers and letting it simmer for about 30 minutes. You can do this ahead of time, certainly. The rest of the soup is very easy to make because you add the vegetables and cook only long enough to make them tender, then add the chicken and tomatoes, and cook just until it's done and tender.
You can serve it over rice, and garnish it with chopped jalapenos, green onions, cilantro, and lemon wedges. It is a very fresh tasting, light soup that restores mind and body.
Get Well … or Stay Well!!