Turns Out, Chicken Soup Is Good for Your Soul!

Photo by Lauri Patterson / iStock
Photo by Lauri Patterson / iStock

Mothers throughout history have turned to chicken soup to help everything from the winter sniffles to a broken heart with good reason: It’s the ultimate healthy comfort food and it’s so easy to make at home.

While no research has proven conclusively that chicken soup actually cures the common cold, according to the National Institutes of Health, “some researchers suggest that substances in chicken soup reduce the inflammation associated with the common cold, thus providing some relief of symptoms.”

There is no one perfect way to make chicken soup. Chances are your family has a go-to chicken soup recipe, whether it’s Vietnamese mien ga, a Mexican sopa de lima, or a simple chicken noodle with celery and carrots.

No matter your choice of flavors, we’ve put together some tips for making your comforting cure-all that much better. (And remember, even soup from a can is incredibly healing when served with love and hugs!)

Easy-to-Make Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup cooking oil

Materials:
  • Sifter
  • 9-inch pan

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 9-inch pan.

2. Measure the cornmeal, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar into a sifter and sift the mixture into the mixing bowl.

3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and cooking oil to the dry ingredients, and mix the ingredients together. Parent tip: Talk about how the ingredients change when they are mixed together. “What happened when we added the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients?”

4. Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake the cornbread in the oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Enjoy!
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