Cold and influenza season is in full swing in MN. So, I thought I would share my modified chicken and dumpling soup that is paleo legal. (I have found that with a small amount of effort, most recipes can be modified to fit the paleo lifestyle. Seriously, try it!)
Ingredients for dumplings:
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1 tsp sea salt
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tsp dried rosemary
1 garlic clove, crushed
chicken stock, 6-8 cups (If you have never made homemade stock, you must try this recipe! http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/01/24/recipe-overnight-chicken-stock-in-the-crock-pot/)
4 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
1 leek, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
handful of fresh parsley
3 bay leaves (remove after cooking)
Bring all soup ingredients to a boil and simmer for 1-2 hours.
Bring soup back to a boil and add dumplings. Dumplings will take 10-15 minutes to cook through and should float on top of the soup when finished cooking.
Chicken soup is good when you have a cold for several reasons. First, it helps keep you hydrated. You need at least eight glasses of fluid a day when you’re sick. Second, the steam from chicken soup helps relieve a congested nose and throat. And finally, some researchers believe that substances in chicken soup reduce the inflammation associated with a cold.
Chicken also contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which is similar in chemical content to a drug called acetylcysteine that doctors give for bronchitis and respiratory infections to help thin mucus and make it easier to eliminate. You might throw in some chili peppers and spices and gain an extra advantage in thinning mucus, making it easier to expel.
Here is another great immunity booster soup I like: http://www.jonkaiser.com/educate/recipe/immunitybroth.html