If this soup doesn’t help your cold or sinus infection, I don’t know what will! Seriously, this soup works wonders! It has become so famous in my family that I get requests for pots of soup every time a family member gets sick with a cold or sinus problems. My husband even suggested I should start a small business selling it for people with the flu!
I did not learn it from a book, Pinterest, or a cooking show. It was a mix of common sense, (or should I call it “common-cooking-sense”, because not everyone can do common sense cooking) momma watching, and best friend watching.
My sweet mama is an amazing cook, and there are very few people I trust my taste buds to as much as I trust them to her. Anything this woman cooks is simply amazing! She would always tell me, “If you cook with love, thinking about the people you’re cooking for, it’ll taste even better!” I believe her! Anything you do with love is good.
But my best friend taught me the tricks that made the soup a healing one. I just came over to her house one day, I don’t even remember for what, but I found her making a huge pot of soup. She doesn’t cook much so I was super surprised and intrigued. “Why are you making such a big pot of soup?” “For Cally,” she said. “She has this crazy cold and I bet this soup and Jesus can heal her.”
I feel like I remember every ingredient she put in the soup so easily because that was truly a marking moment for me, one where I learned way more than a recipe. I learned servanthood, I learned sisterhood, and I learned what it truly means to CARE for the people God has placed in your life. No, I’m seriously not exaggerating. I know it’s just a soup and many of you maybe have made a soup for someone you knew was sick, but that day it just hit me. Even the smallest of gestures, like a meal to a sick friend, can make a huge impact in their lives. I mean, I don’t know if it made a huge impact on Cally, but it sure did in my life. I learned to sacrifice for others because I knew my best friend Krissi doesn’t really enjoy cooking, but she was doing this for her sick friend and that just taught me so much! How many times had I thought, “Well, I don’t have enough groceries” or “driving all the way there with soup might mess my car up” or even, “Well, I need to feed my family. I don’t have time to cook for others.”
Kale, pepper, and lemon. I still remember her throwing those random ingredients in the pot as I thought, “She’s such a good friend. I want to serve my friends like that one day.” My thoughts about the cook are the ones that make me able to remember the ingredients today.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”
Matthew 25:34-35 NIV
These verses apply to our community as well. Don’t forget about your family and friends. Don’t become so familiar with them that when they go through hard times you just ignore it because “you know how strong they are.” Remember they need encouragement and words of faith, but also maybe a meal, a visit, or a call to check on them. Don’t become so busy “doing ministry” at church that you forget about the ones that you do life with.
Is there anyone you can think of you can call, meet up with, or bring a meal to this week? Do it! It’ll mark their lives!
Oh! And yes. I didn’t forget to share the recipe:
- 4 chicken breasts
- Chicken Broth (1 liter)
- Bone Broth (1 liter)
- Celery (4 chopped sticks)
- Half an onion
- 3 carrots
- 2 cups of noodles (whatever kind)
- 3 handfuls of kale
- 1 squeezed lemon
- Garlic salt (1.5 table spoons)
- Pepper to taste
- A handful of chopped cilantro
- Throw the broths, celery, onion, carrots, and garlic salt with the chicken into a big pot.
- Add the noodles and cook until noodles and chicken are fully cooked
- Take the chicken out and pull it apart with two forks
- Put chicken back in and add cilantro and lemon. Cook for 5 mins.
- Add pepper and kale and cook for 2 more minutes.