I'm getting over the flu right now. Not the stomach flu. No, this is the achy-exhausted-feel-like-you-got-hit-by-a-truck variety of flu, complete with sore throat, headache, cough and congestion. (Woo! Fun times!) So I'm getting over it and all of a sudden the pollen count skyrockets and I get hit with allergies on top of it. Yay for sinus pressure, another headache and more congestion!
So my question to you is, what do you like to eat when you have a head cold from hell? My favorite so far is a simple, spicy noodle soup that takes about 15 minutes to make, including boiling the water. Here's the recipe. Sinus clearing ginger and cayenne noodle soup for one:
- In one medium/small pot bring some water to a rolling boil. Add a handful of thin rice noodles (also called rice stick, found in the asian section of your supermarket) and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a good sized soup bowl. (I have also used ramen noodles with good results. Throw away the flavor packet because it's mostly msg.)
- At the same time, in a second small pot, bring 2 cups of your favorite broth to a boil.
- Toss in a bunch of cayenne powder and powdered ginger. (I never measure but I probably use about 1/2 tsp of each.)
- Add some garlic in whatever form floats your boat. Since it's spring, I've been using minced green garlic, which is like green onions, but from garlic plants.
- Add some veggies if you like. I usually add diced carrots to mine.
- If you want some protein in your soup, you can also add some chopped, precooked meat or an egg. Once, I poached an egg in the broth and it turned out pretty good! Shrimp would also be lovely.
- After a couple of minutes, pour the broth over noodles in your bowl and season with a dash of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, a little rice wine vinegar and some thinly sliced green onion.