Ginger: This spicy root is known as the universal remedy. Although it's well-known as a stomach soother, it also improves circulation, fights tumors, reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system. Oh, and it's good for pain and a fever. The only possible drawbacks are for people with gallstones or those on blood thinners.

Chicken Soup with Miniature Leek-Chive Matzo Balls

prep time: 10
cook time: 205


  • 1/3 cup (3/4 stick) unsalted pareve margarine
  • 1/2 cup packed finely chopped leek (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ginger ale
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup unsalted matzo meal
  • Chopped fresh chives


Melt margarine in heavy small skillet over medium heat. Add leek, saute 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1/2 cup chives.

Beat eggs, ginger ale, salt, pepper and ginger to blend in bowl. Mix in matzo meal and leek mixture. Cover and chill until firm, at least 2 hours.

Line large baking sheet with plastic wrap. Using moistened palms, roll rounded teaspoons of matzo mixture into balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Chill 30 minutes.

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Drop in matzo balls, cover pot. Cook matzo balls until tender and evenly colored throughout, about 40 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer matzo balls to bowl. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.)

Bring chicken broth to simmer in large pot. Add matzo balls and cook until warmed through, about 10 minutes.

Place 4 matzo balls in each of 12 bowls. Ladle soup over. Garnish with chives and serve.