With a chill in the air and footballs flying, I begin to crave a warm bowl of soup. Soups are one of those recipes that I feel cooks of all levels can confidently prepare. Ingredients can be added or left out, soup consistency can be thick or thin, and spices and herbs can be tailored to your taste bud’s preferences.
With the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic on our shoulders and the snow (so much snow) here in Missouri, sometimes all we need is a good soup. Soup, in addition to being good to warm up your soul, is a good way to load up with lots of nutrients in one meal. Adding vegetables adds antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Adding meat, tofu, beans, or legumes adds a touch of protein and helps you feel more satisfied.
Chicken and Dumplings Soup
One of my all-time comfort soups is my mom’s recipe for chicken and dumplings. My little sister and I would request this recipe as soon as the leaves started falling off the trees in Tennessee. Not only does it take me back to my southern roots, it feels like a big bowl of hugs from mom.
I made a couple of modifications to her recipe by adding extra veggies and a change to the dumplings. Mom used to use Bisquick as her dumpling base which created a fluffy, airy dumpling. I, however, like my dumplings dense and chewy. The addition of cottage cheese and egg whites not only creates the texture I enjoy, but it also increases the protein content. We also use whole-wheat flour in this recipe to add some fiber.
It’s the ultimate comfort food with a healthy twist! On top of wearing a mask and focusing on these immune-boosting habits, having a tasty soup can help keep your immune system in tip top shape.
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