Hello friends! I've been home from work sick the past few days. Not fun at all. It's been cold outside, even down here in Florida. Cold and rainy. And the sick has been going around my office. I guess I was bound to catch it eventually.

I've been going through the rounds trying to get better: Emergen-C, tons of water, and Vitamin C-enriched foods out the wazoo. Yet nothing seems to be doing the trick. Guess I'll just have to let this run its course. Fun fun.

Soup is a staple in my diet when I'm sick, as it is for many. The problem is most store-bought soup is packaged in a metal can and contains a lot of harmful preservatives, MSG, etc. And the amount of sodium in those soups is enough to make you cry. As a result, I've been more apt to make my own soup at home so I know exactly what ingredients are going into it.

Last night for dinner I threw together this delicious little number. It combines many foods that are ideal when you're trying to recover from a cold: chicken broth (low sodium), carrots, mushrooms, garlic, red pepper, and my favorite green superfood, KALE.

Even if you're not feeling under the weather, enjoy this comforting dish for dinner on a cold winter night.

Chicken Mushroom Kale Soup

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~ Ingredients ~

5 c. chicken broth
2 c. water
4 c. raw kale
8 oz. mushrooms, diced (I used white mushrooms)
1 large carrot, sliced
½ yellow onion, diced
½ lb. cooked chicken breast, cubed or shredded
3 cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes (to taste)
Salt (to taste)

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~ Directions ~

Add all ingredients to a crockpot and let cook on high for four hours (or the appropriate amount of time depending on your slower cooker). Serve warm with a slice of toasted Ezekiel Bread.

A few tips:

1. I used pre-cooked chicken breast slices cut into cubes, as I decided to make this on the fly and that was what I had. But any chicken breast you have will work. You could even use turkey or beef, if desired (or, for a vegetarian option, tofu).

2. Add the red pepper flakes and salt to your taste preference. I added quite a lot of the pepper, as I like foods spicy. Plus, pepper is good when you're sick. I would caution you against adding too much salt, though, as you don't want to be ingesting too much sodium.