A Killer Recipe for Beating Colds

Onions, garlic and ginger are a powerful team against viruses (and apparently, according to my resident ghoul expert, vampires). When you feel the symptoms of a cold setting in, take 15 minutes to make enough of this saucy mix to last you a few days. Serve it over short grain brown rice if you need more sustenance and comfort.

Makes 3 -4 servings

2 large onions, chopped (any white onions will do, although the stronger it is, the more anti-viral potential it has)
1 tb. ginger, peeled and chopped coarsely
2 tb. garlic, chopped coarsely
1 tb. tamari (naturally aged soy sauce)
6 cups water or stock
1.5 tb. arrowroot flour (it acts as a natural thickening agent like corn starch, but healthier)

Combine all ingredients except for arrowroot in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for 20 minutes or until the onions are soft. Spoon the arrowroot into a small bowl and stir in just enough cold water to liquify it. With the onion mixture simmering, stir in the arrowroot liquid. Let it simmer for a few more minutes. Do not let it boil because the thickening quality of the arrowroot will diminish with too much heat. Add more arrowroot if you would like to thicken it more. Simmer for a few more minutes. Serve hot as is, or over brown rice or quinoa.


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