Nourishing Cold Weather Asian soup

Serves 2
I box organic chicken broth
2 garlic cloves minced (let sit for 10 minutes to let the allicin activate)
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 tsp hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon tahini sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 cups assorted chopped vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, napa cabbage,  spinach, julienned carrots)
½ package of organic extra firm tofu cubed or cooked shredded chicken breast
2 scallions finely chopped
½ package of cooked whole grain or brown rice udon noodles (optional)
1 lightly soft boiled egg per person (optional) 
Start with the broth.
In a medium sized pot add the chicken broth, ginger, garlic, soy sauce,  and hoisin sauce. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Add in the vegetables and tofu or chicken. Let simmer until vegetables are tender. This will only take a few minutes.
If you would like a heartier soup cook a half a package of brown rice or whole grain udon noodles and add it to the broth.
Add in scallions and sesame oil. Adjust soy sauce or salt to taste. If you like it spicy and don’t have a sore throat add in siracha or sambal oolek.

The extraordinary healing drug in your kitchen pantry

This winter has been a brutal one in Boston and elsewhere I imagine. So many people have told me of their persistent colds and flu viruses that would not go away. It made me realize that I have not been sick at all this winter and for over a year, as a matter of fact. Knock on wood. I hope I don't jinx myself. :)
So I wanted to share some amazing information that may help you to fight off those nasty vriuses more easily.

The Extraordinary Healing Drug in your Kitchen Pantry
Yes that's right. Garlic, also known as the Allicin Wonderland Drug, is truly a powerhouse when it comes to healing properties, on top of being delicious in so many foods. It's main active ingredient, Allicin, has the equivalent antibacterial properties to penicillin (except that bacteria does not become resistant to it). Quercitin, found in garlic and onions helps ward off the flu. It was found to kill a Type A flu virus better than a popular prescription drug. And it also has anti-cancer properties including inhibiting tumor growth. A Canadian study found that it blocked the growth of cancer tumors in the stomach, pancreas, breast, prostate, lungs, kidney and brain.

It's pretty impressive isn't it? There is an important, BUT to the wonders of garlic though. Depending on how you chop and cook garlic the Allicin may not become activated, and as a result it won't have the many healing properties. So the secret is to mince the garlic in a garlic press and let it sit for 10 minutes before you sauté or put it into a dish. 

As the food and health writer and author of Eating on the Wild Side, Jo Robinson says, "Garlic has so many healing properties that waiting those crucial 10 minutes could reduce your risk of a number of worrisome diseases."