Garlic Lemon Broth

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Whenever I feel a little under the weather I always make garlic lemon broth. And today I definitely feel under the weather. Everywhere I go people are coughing, sneezing and looking ill. Some of it is partly because of the flu season, but indulging in rich food, cocktails and lacking rest also puts havoc on our immune system. This is why helping our bodies with a little boost from mother nature is most beneficial. For me, it’s garlic lemon broth because it is flavourful, comforting and has many health benefits. All the ingredients I used such as garlic, lemon, turmeric, cinnamon and fresh herbs are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The one ingredient I did not add which is excellent if you have an upset stomach is freshly minced ginger. Feel free to add a teaspoon or two of fresh minced ginger if your tummy is acting up. Ordinarily, I drink this broth for 24 hours and I feel so much better with loads of energy, but the way I feel today I think I will pamper my body for 48 hours. And let’s not forget to get plenty of rest, it is important when we feel run down allowing our bodies to re-charge

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • A handful of fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, cilantro, and sage) the more fresh herbs, the better
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • Himalayan salt and GF freshly ground black pepper
  • Instructions

  • Slice 1 head of garlic in half crosswise and set aside for 10 minutes before cooking
  • Remove cloves from the second garlic head, peel and slightly crush them, set aside for 10 minutes before cooking
  • Using a large saucepan sauté crushed garlic cloves in olive oil over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until lightly browned, stirring frequently
  • Add 8 cups of water, halved head of garlic, herbs, lemon slices, turmeric and cinnamon. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 50 minutes. Do not cover. The broth should reduce by about a quarter
  • Strain the broth and season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve hot in a cup or over rice noodles
  • Note; to get the full health benefits of cooked garlic, after cutting/smashing the garlic set it aside for 10 minutes before cooking


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