“Have you been taking your vitamin C? Flu season is coming.”
Get ready to keep telling your mom (or anyone else who cares about you) that you are taking care of your health and getting plenty of Vitamin C. I don’t know how Vitamin C became the panacea for all health-related maladies, but it is the most prescribed “medicine” from my mom. Got a cold? Take Vitamin C. Feeling low energy? It’s because you haven’t been taking enough Vitamin C. Runny Nose? Vitamin C, to prevent it from getting worse.
Of course, there’s also making sure that you are eating well and adding vegetables whenever the opportunity arises, like in this recipe, a chicken soup for the soul, Yucatán-style. In Spanish it is called sopa de limón or sopa de limo.
The Yucatán Peninsula geographically looks like a foot kicking a soccer ball off the Southeastern shore of Mexico. Though most of the Yucatán Peninsula are 3 Mexican states (Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo), it also contains northern parts of Belize and Guatemala. It is considered the eastern heartland of the ancient Mayas. Many American tourists know it for the resort town, Cancún and the Mayan Riviera. More cultural and historical tourist destinations include the beautiful colonial city Mérida and the famous Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza and Tulum. Yucatán food is full of flavor and Mayan influence.
This soup is both healthy and fast. It’s even faster if you use part of a store-bought rotisserie chicken. It has vegetables like carrots and celery. But don’t stop there. Add zucchini if you have it or pre-cooked butternut squash. Corn kernels would be a tasty addition as well. It also has plenty of Vitamin C in the form of fresh lime juice.
Some people believe in substituting lemon juice for the lime juice. For me, these two citrus are not interchangeable, close, but not equal. Lime juice gives the soup a sharper sweetness and tanginess. Lime juice is also more authentic. If you can, please for me, use lime juice, but I’ll still love you if you use lemon juice.
Get the recipe: Yucatan style chicken soup
This recipe is part of a 3-2-1 series. 3 meals, 2 people, 1 chicken. Stay tuned for 2 more recipes for 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken. Buen Provecho!