Posted on December 12 2020
It's beginning to feel a lot like winter here in Buffalo, New York. With temperatures dropping and snowflakes falling, the holiday season is surely approaching. But no matter where you live, things are probably feeling a bit different this year. As COVID-19 is still upon us, many of us are left uncertain about how to celebrate without our big family gatherings and parties. This year it's important to get creative with your holiday traditions! What I find that helps me during this difficult time is focusing on what I love to do most, which is cooking. Cooking with your household can be a very intimate and fun way to bond during the holiday season. Assigning everyone a task will surely get you all involved, even the little ones.
One of my favorite recipes to prepare this time of year is nature's penicillin, AKA Organic Chicken Soup. Organic Chicken Soup is high in antioxidants, boosts the immune system and is anti-inflammatory. This healthy soup also aids in collagen production, which means tighter skin! When cooking this recipe, all vegetables and herbs should be organic for the healthiest results.
Directions: Wash a whole fresh chicken with kosher salt and cold water, rinse well and pat dry. Remove the skin and fat. Put aside. In a large stock pot add 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, and all of the diced vegetables, bay leaf, and chopped herbs, salt and pepper. Remove one tablespoon of each ingredient for later use. Sauté on low heat for 5 minutes. Add whole chicken, bay leaf and 4 quarts of fresh, filtered water. Simmer for 2-3 hours on low heat with the pan uncovered. Skim off fat build up that rises to the top of the pot. Strain the soup. Discard the cooked veggies and herbs. Add the broth, chopped chicken meat, and the remaining chopped fresh veggies and herbs back to the pot. Add fresh lemon juice and rind just before serving.
1 whole organic chicken
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of onions, white, or red, peeled and chopped
1 cup of diced carrots
1 cup of diced celery
10 cloves of garlic
1 cup each of fresh parsley, thyme, basil and dill
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of salt
2 teaspoons of fresh ground mixed peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Another great winter recipe of mine is my personal spin on Matcha Tea. Matcha Tea comes from the same plant as green tea except it's made from the entire leaf, which packs more antioxidants and beneficial ingredients. A variety of health benefits have been linked to Matcha Tea, from enhancing weight loss to decreasing your risk of heart disease. This tea is also perfect for enhancing your complexion and boosting your immune system. We need natural remedies now more than ever!
In a tea pot, add the following
1 teaspoon of fine matcha tea powder
1 inch piece of peeled ginger
1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of raw coconut oil
1 tablespoon of pure high quality of honey
Steep for 5 minutes and enjoy a cup or two. For the perfect at home spa relaxation, curl up by the fireplace and apply our 123 Glow Kit while sipping your Matcha Tea.
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