'Tis the season for colds - especially the Man Cold. You know, the kind that causes your male significant other to magically turn into a gigantic baby.
Currently, my whole household and boyfriend are horribly sick. The other day, I ended up making soup and stocking up on ginger ale just for my guy. I decided that I would save others who are in my place, stuck looking after their giant male baby. Because typically he's just fine, the Mr.Fix-it type who is very strict about looking after himself. But next thing you know it's October, cold and flu season, and he's calling out to me from his bed, begging for hot soup. Part of me finds this personality swap hilarious and allows me to dote on him - but the other half of me wants to throw him the ingredients to the soup and tell him to do it himself.
Regardless, I do care and I plan to look after him and my family, whenever they get sick. I would like to present to you some tips and tricks to get through this dang season for sneezing, coughing, and wheezing.
Mock Chicken Noodle Soup
This soup is very simple to make, and it gives the illusion and taste of chicken, without actually having any in it. My family and boyfriend, who do not participate in my vegan and gluten-free dietary requirements, love this recipe anyway. I'm not one for meat, partially for ethical reasons, so I added BBQ-ed tofu in place of chicken.
Put the water into a large stockpot and set heat to high. Add the vegetables and garlic to the pot, along with the spices. Bring the broth to a boil and then turn down the heat to low, let simmer for an hour. After the hour, put the pasta in, turn the heat back up to medium and cook pasta for 8 minutes.
- 12 cups of water
- 3/4 of a brick of tofu - or about 100g
- 1 cup of rice noodles (or any other brand of gluten-free pasta you enjoy). I like President’s Choice BioOrganic Rice Pasta from any Loblaws, Independent, No Frills or Canadian Super Store grocery store
- 7 cups of onions, chopped
- 4 cups of cut celery
- 4 cups of cut carrots, peeled
- 2 heads of garlic, broken and smashed. Or you can use a garlic press
- 5 bay leaves
- 1 ½ teaspoons of turmeric
- 1 ½ teaspoons of dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon of salt – preferably coarse ground
- ½ bunch of fresh parsley
- ½ bunch of fresh cilantro
Because I’m a college student, stocking up on food is a must. This recipe makes about eight servings and therefore, freezing some of it for the near future is perfect.
I actually came across a vegan website a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoy the sounds of their recipes. Oh My Veggies has spin-off recipes of regular home-cooked meals, but you're being kind to animals in the process.
I have a book - originally a blog - that I live by for simple, vegetarian and vegan recipes. Oh She Glows, by Angela Liddon started out as a blog, but due to her success she transformed some of her top recipes into a book. I plan to talk about some of my favourite recipes in an upcoming blog entry.
I wish you the best of luck during this frustrating and bothersome season. I hope you survive all the coughing and stuffy sinuses.