It is surely flu season and if you have missed this nasty bug, count yourself lucky.

If not, from experience here is what you can do to ride it out. Go to the doctor at the first sign of fever, chills, sore throat, chest congestion and coughing. There is a short window when the flu starts that he can give you a pack for Tami Flu and it can help ease your symptoms - it won’t cure you, but it will make it more bearable. Also be sure to stay hydrated with water, juices, hot herbal teas. And eat light with lots of fresh veggies, fruit and soups. Sadly, the bug bit me last Monday and Tuesday morning I was at the doctor’s office looking as bad as I felt. I drug myself to the pharmacy and then home to bed. My partner made me a delicious and healthful pot of chicken and rice soup. Although I didn’t have much appetite, it went down well and I felt full and nourished. So if the bug bites you or your family get someone to make this simple and delicious soup to carry you through. You can use the left over chicken to make sandwiches for the rest of the family. And try to wipe all surfaces with a sanitizing wipe-either the type in a box from the store or a couple of tablespoons of Clorox in a pail of water. This may keep the bug away from others you are in contact with. Masks are also a good idea when you are in close contact.

1/3 of a deli chicken, chopped into small pieces
1 or 2 boxes of organic chicken broth
1 & 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice, seasoned
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots , diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 bunch  fresh parsley or cilantro, coarsely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Sautee’ onion, carrot and celery in the olive oil in a soup pot. Add the chicken broth to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. When vegetables are soft, add the diced chicken and the fresh parsley and cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper if desired.  I kept my brown rice separately and just added to the soup as I heated a bowl in the microwave. This kept the rice from absorbing too much liquid and becoming mushy. That is not necessary, though, you can add the rice to the soup and refrigerate until ready to eat.


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