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Immune-Boosting Recipes to Ward off the Flu from Chef Emilie Berner of NYP Hospital PDF Print Email


By Emilie Berner, Chef Coordinator, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital

Jan. 31, 2018:  Experts at NewYork-Presbyterian recommend eating immune-boosting foods to help ward off the flu in addition to becoming vaccinated, limiting exposure, and practicing good hygiene.

Shared below are three immune-boosting recipes from Chef Emilie Berner of the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital.

Chef Berner is central to carrying out the hospital’s disease-prevention and wellness initiatives. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, as well as New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

3 Recipes to Save You from the Flu – and Help You Should You Get it

The following recipes are vegan and gluten-free.  

Honey Ginger & Lemon Infusion

2 Servings


·  2 cups water
·  2 inches of ginger, sliced
·  1 teaspoon honey
·  Juice of 1/2 lemon
·  Juice of 1/2 orange


1. In a small saucepan, add water and ginger slices. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, for 5-10 minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and cool slightly until it is a comfortable temperature to drink.
3. Add honey and fresh juices.

Note: Do not add honey to tea when it is the hottest. It alters the beneficial enzymes in the honey.

Nutrition analysis per serving

Calories: 100
Sodium: 2.5
Sugar: 16.5
Carbs: 18
Fat: 0
Fiber: 0
Protein: 0

Sweet and Sour Red Lentil Soup

Serves 6


·  1 cup red lentils, washed well
·  5 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock or water, more or less as needed to cover contents of the pot
·  3 cups carrots cut into thick slices
·  1 cup yam or sweet potato cut into 1-inch cubes
·  2 onions, about 2 cups cut into chunks and separated
·  1/2 head green cabbage, about 4 cups sliced into chunks
·  1 teaspoon garam masala
·  1 teaspoon curry powder
·  2 teaspoons ground cardamom
·  Juice and zest of 1 lemon
·  3 tablespoons olive oil
·  1 bunch cilantro, chopped
·  Yogurt to serve (optional) 


1. Bring liquid to boil with lentils; skim foam; lower to simmer.
2. Chop veggies into chunks and add to pot, saving 1 onion, all spices, and lemon juice and zest for later.
3. Simmer all together on low for 45 minutes.
4. While soup is cooking, in a separate sauté pan, sauté remaining onion in olive oil until fragrant, then add spices.
5. Add onion-spice mixture to soup pot along with lemon juice and stir to mix.
6. Garnish generously with cilantro.
7. Serve with yogurt (optional).

Nutrition analysis per serving

Calories: 148
Sodium: 35
Sugar: 4
Carbs: 17
Fat: 4
Fiber: 3
Protein: 4

Chopped Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Serves 6


·  6 cups baby spinach leaves
·  1/4 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
·  1/4 cup chopped parsley
·  1/4 cup chopped basil
·  1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 tsp pepper 


·  1 tablespoon red wine or sherry vinegar
·  1 garlic clove, minced
·  1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
·  3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
·  5 scallions, white parts and a bit of the green part, sliced thin 


·  1 orange, sliced bite-size
·  1 grapefruit, sliced bite-size


1. In a bowl, toss the spinach with the sunflower seeds, parsley, basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, make vinaigrette: add vinegar, garlic, mustard, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Whisk to combine. Add olive oil and scallions, whisking well to create a homogenous mixture. Pour over the spinach mixture and toss well.
3. Add toppings: orange and grapefruit chunks. Toss to combine and serve.

Nutrition analysis per serving

Calories: 126
Sodium: 100
Sugar: 5
Carbs: 11
Fat: 4
Fiber: 3
Protein: 3 

Pictured here:  Chef Emilie Berner.

Photo courtesy NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital

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