Part of being productive and happy and keeping life in some sort of balance, means taking care of your health. And with winter here it’s important to keep your immune system on alert. Sounds easy, but I know in reality, as busy women, this often comes last on the ‘to-do’ list. Until we get sick. And then its ‘I don’t have time for this, or why is this happening now, I’ve got so much to do”, and we just push harder, soldier on!
I know you don’t have time to be inconvenienced with being sick, even if it’s just a cold. So here are a few simple additions to your weekly diet that are easy to integrate and can help keep you feeling strong. This is how I do it…. each week I have two staple dishes that get made once but provide yummy food for several days – (and you can freeze them)
The Classic Immune Boosting Chicken Soup
- Place a big pot on the stove with 2 litres of chicken stock (I use Massel Ultra Cubes – MSG free).
- Add 500gms to 1kg of chicken
- Add garlic (2-4 cloves), 1 onion, 5-10cms of fresh ginger, 250gms mushrooms, small sweet potato, 1-2 carrots, 1 red capsicum and your favorite greens (celery, broccoli, spinach) – whatever fits in the pot.
- Season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil then Cook on simmer for approx. 45 min- hour.
- Serve with fresh parsley on top
Beef Booster Stew
- In a large pot or high sided saucepan add olive oil to sauté 500gm-1kg of slow cook beef (gravy beef is great), with 1 onion, garlic, mushrooms, generous ginger, and curry powder. If you like a kick add cayenne pepper or chili.
- Add 250gms fresh tomatoes, or a tin of diced tomatoes or some passata.
- Add carrots and sweet potato. I like it diced small as it cooks and becomes part of the sauce.
- Add 1 cup of barley (available in supermarkets near the split peas and soup mixes)
- And Beef stock to cover the ingredients.
- And for an unusual kick, I add a good 2 tablespoons of marmalade.
- Cook on simmer for 1 ½ hours, checking water level – better to have too much liquid than not enough. The barley will soak up the liquid as it cooks.
Follow your meal with some berries, with a little local honey and yoghurt and a table spoon of crushed nuts (or have dessert for breakfast with some oats, even let them soak in the yogurt overnight. Of course, you can enjoy a few cups of tea, (black or green) or licorice root tea. And try lemon, ginger and honey with a shot of cayenne pepper…trust me!
When you know you want to feel good, be productive and stay well, any way you can get good food, go for it.