Monday, October 18, 2010

Cold-Fighting Soup and Cat Scratch Fever

Well, hello there!  Welcome to Meatless Monday.  

It feels like Chicago here in San Diego.  Maybe more like Seattle.  We've had some light rain, gray skies and chilly temps for several days.  I use this weather as an excuse to bury myself into my books and spend time at home.  It's especially nice for anyone nursing an injury.  I don't feel quite as bad that I can't train.  {Side note, I ran 80 minutes pain-free on Sunday! WAHOO!}  Along with the change in seasons often comes the common cold.

I found this on Etsy the other day... it would definitely come in handy back in Chicago but now that I am in San Diego I think I'll pass on the hand-knit beard.  

I have been sniffling and sneezing lately so I thought I would try a recipe that will kick these sniffles in the a**.   I went nowhere else but to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Garlic & Greens Soup.  I have mentioned her before when speaking of her Food for Thought podcast.  If you still haven't listened, why not!?  In all seriousness I think she is amazing.  

So is this soup.  The phyto-nutrients are a gift to the body.  

The best thing about it is that it only requires a handful of ingredients and you can use whatever greens you prefer.   We used kale and bok choy.  You can use mustard greens, collard greens, beet greens, whatever you desire.

Colleen tells you how in less than 10 minutes! 

It has been our Sunday ritual to prepare a huge pot of soup, chock full of veggies.  We get too busy during the week to cook up fresh vegetables each night so we turn to the ready-made soup.  It has worked out beautifully for us.  We have done the same with tofu and vegetable dishes.   I highly recommend Sunday night cooking to prepare for the week.  I was a skeptic, but just like the Monkees say, "now I'm a believer."  (oh god, did I really just quote the Monkees??)

Maybe this soup will cure these painful cuts on my hand.   Poor Frida was spooked the other day and when I picked her up she ravaged my hand. 

 Sweet Frida- Prior to the attack. 
Just a few of the deep scratches.  There was blood. 
Did I mention blood makes me weak in the knees?
Drama Queen?  Okay, maybe.


  1. Yowch! I feel your pain. I've got scars all over my arms and legs from my critters' ravagings over the years. I'm weird about the blood thing though... when it comes to something like that, it doesn't bother me in the least. But you let a doctor come within 100 yards of me with a needle and I'm down for the count.

  2. ouch! believe it or not - my childhood cat had a mean streak and scratched me so bad when i was in high school. i shortly after got a lot of flu like symptoms, went to the doc and was diagnosed with cat scratch fever. i kid you not! feel better soon!

  3. Congrats on the 80 min run! You are on the mend!

    My mom always cooked Sunday nights and since I've been working towards eating more whole and raw foods (like mom always made) I've been trying to cook in advance to prepare for lunches. I definitely cooked up a storm this Sunday...lentil stew, steamed veggies, quinoa, and potatoes, all mom's best! I love that you included one of Colleen's recipes, I want to try it!

    Aw poor Frida kitty getting scared! They just lash out when they get spooked! I found that if I lay on the floor and cry, Emmett will come over to comfort me, does Frida do that?

  4. And now my friends --- I have found my Halloween costume.

    hand-knit beard. Awesome.

    And the 80 minute run - freaking amazing Kate!!

  5. Awww, kitty scratches! Ouch. I hope you're all healed now! (I'm catching up on your blog; I've been out of the loop.)

    That hand-knit beard is hilarious! Hahaha.

    I LOVE Colleen, too. She really is amazing, and her podcast rocks. (Yes, apparently I still use the term "rocks"?!) That soup is super yummy & nourishing. Great when you have the sniffles - or any time!


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