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Nov 26, 2010 10:23 AM

Best foods for colds

It's cold/flu season once again. What do you count on to help you feel better when the sniffles hit?

For me, I love a bowl of pho. Pho Tai, if I have an appetite, or Pho Ga if beef seems too heavy.

If I'm contagious and can't leave the house, I tend to make more of a Thai style chicken noodle soup, with rice noodles, cilantro, lemongrass, chili sauce and garlic.

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  1. I always have some homemade chicken stock in the freezer for some quick chicken noodle. I also like to make miso soup when i need fluids. If i have a raging illness, i make a tea of 5cups water, 1 head of garlic minced.... bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. To the cooled garlic tea I add 1/2 cup cider vinegar and a 1/4 cup honey. This "tea" i sip throughout the day. Another favorite of mine is a garlic and thyme soup that uses bread as a thickener.

    1. I'm a non tradicion sick food guy. For colds I like Tex Mex enchiladas, beef or chicken covered in hot sauce. Last year when I had swine flu I had good Texas BBQ one day and pizza another, both with enough for plenty of leftovers.

      1. I like to have anything hot--in temperature and flavor. I agree that miso soup is great for a cold, as is cider vinegar. But I like to eat pretty much anything spicy, with garlic if appropriate, and drink hot liquids. And fresh citrus.

        1. Prevention magazine had a whole issue devoted to this some years back.

          They recommended a broth - chicken stock, an ENTIRE minced clove of garlic, and a sprinkle of chile seeds, simmered together for a few minutes and sipped every couple of hours.


          lots of echinacea tea laced with honey and lemon for the sore throat.

          It did chase off a couple of colds - but I half think it's because between all that garlic and the chile, it gives you such dragon breath nothing can survive!

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          1. re: sunshine842

            And goodness knows you wouldn't have to worry about GIVING your cold to anyone, unless your cold germs can jump 20 feet.

            1. re: sunshine842

              SS842, do you mean clove or bulb? A clove ain't much, I put 3 cloves in my ecumenical Jewish Trinity Penicilan, but a bulb will keep the werewplves away for the rest of your life.
              Gimme spice, get the nose runnin'.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                1 clove per MUG of broth. That's a lot of garlic in an 8-oz package.

            2. Tom Yum or Hot and Sour soup are the winners in my house...

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              1. re: jeanmarieok

                Probably tastes better than the Prevention recipe, while still delivering chicken broth, chili, and garlic in large concentrations!