With the holiday season unfortunately comes winter weather and the time of year when it is easy to come down with a flu, cold or even bronchitis or pneumonia. Keeping your immune system strong – and knowing how to treat these illnesses naturally when they do come along – is very important at this time. Below is a delicious garlic-onion soup which takes advantage of the healing properties of vegetables and herbs to get you back on your feet again in no time!
Around the world, garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Modern science is backing this up. A recent study out of Washington University found that garlic can be up to 100 times as effective as treating bacterial infections as most mainstream antibiotics. However, garlic is more than just an antibacterial: it is loaded with antioxidants to improve your overall health; like the onions and other members of the allium family, garlic also has a high sulfur content, which can help detoxify your system and remove unwanted toxins and other substances that could be making you more vulnerable to infection.
This soup is also good because, apart from the garlic and onion, its other ingredients are also healthful. Olive oil, for instance, is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are great for overall health and thyme has active compounds that, like garlic, have antibacterial properties. Parsley, too, is an excellent detoxifier and purifier to help you through your illness.
- 5 bulbs garlic, peeled
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large onions, diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 8.5 ounces chicken broth
- 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
- 3 cups bread, chopped
- 1 cup sour cream
Heat oven to 180 degrees. Cut off the tops of the garlic bulbs and olive oil. Wrap the bulbs in tin foil and bake for an hour and a half. Let garlic cool for a few minutes after removing from oven.
While garlic is baking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and butter in a pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook for 10 minutes. When the garlic is ready, mash it with a fork and add this to the pot. Then add herbs and chicken broth.
Cook on low, then add bread and cook for 5 more minutes or until bread cubes soften. Pour soup into a blender, process until smooth, then return to the pot. Add sour cream and salt and pepper to taste, then serve and enjoy!
So if you feel like you are coming down with something, try a batch of this soup. It can be a little time-consuming to prepare, but you can make a big batch and freeze leftovers for later, to save time down the road. Also, the combined healing powers from the different ingredients in this soup make the effort well worth it.
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