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Homemade Healing Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

One of my favorite meals during the fall and winter months are soups, they are so easy and they taste delicious even more delicious the next day. (One thing that I have learned over the years is my life is a little easier when I can cook one meal and feed myself and others a couple more times during the week) There is just something about a hot bowl of steamy soup on a cool evening, yummy. I can already taste this delicious recipe that I am about to share with you. For the past few days I have been fighting a cold or maybe it’s allergies I am not really sure. Anyways it is making me feel lousy and light headed so it is time to bring out the big guns. I am not one to take medications and I stay clear of going to the doctor’s office by all means. So the only thing left is to eat whole foods and give my body what it needs. In this post I am going to give you two recipes, why you ask, well I want to share as many healing recipes that I can with you and soup just isn’t soup without homemade broth. It has far more nutritional value than any store bought brand, it is loaded with tons of minerals that boost your immunity (the reason I am making this today) It also helps improve your digestive system for it is very gentle and calming to the tummy. Homemade broths are also high in collagen. Ladies and gentleman collagen does wonders for your bones, hair, skin, nails, joints. A couple more things about homemade broths, they simply taste better and it saves you money.

Let’s first get started with making our broth……..

Golden Chicken Stock

1 Roaster Chicken about 3lbs

3 Organic Carrots

3 Stalks of Organic Celery

1 Garlic Bulb

1 Onion

2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Bay Leaf

½ TBS Peppercorns

½ TBS Himalayan Sea Salt

Roughly chop all your veggies and throw them into a stock pot, I usually just cut the garlic and the onion in quarters and throw it in the pot skins and all. Then put in all the seasonings and vinegar (vinegar helps draw out more calcium into the broth so don’t forget this step, you can’t taste it) you can add more or less if you like, then add in your chicken. Fill with water until everything is covered. Bring the broth to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 3-5 hours the longer the better.  Now go do something fun for the next few hours or even take a nap. You can also do this in a crock pot which is great because you do not have to watch it, just set on low and you will have beautiful broth when you return from your adventures.

If using a whole chicken remove it from the broth after it is cooked (juices will run clear when done) and let it cool completely. The chicken should fall off the bone at this point and will be easy to remove from the bones and very easy to shred with two forks.

Now for the Soup…….

1 Whole Chicken

Your Homemade Broth around 8 – 12 Cups

3 Carrots Diced

3 Stalks Celery Diced

1 Small Onion Diced

3-5 Cloves of Garlic

3 Red Potatoes

2-4 TBS Olive or Coconut Oil

1 tsp Poultry Seasoning

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp turmeric

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Wash and dice carrots, celery, onion, potatoes and garlic. Heat your skillet on medium and then add your favorite type of cooking oil, when the oil is heated add the carrots, celery and onion. Saute the three ingredients together just until the onions become transparent, I like mine a bit caramelized so I cook them a bit longer. Then add the garlic. Garlic should be added at the very end just to warm it, when cooked to long it gets extremely bitter and nobody wants bitter garlic in their soup, eww!!

While the veggies are cooking and smelling up the kitchen with greatness I am usually shredding the chicken and adding it to the already heated broth around medium heat. Just before adding the veggies to the broth I like to add all the seasonings and warm them up a little bit about 2 minutes, I feel it helps bring out the flavor of them. After that add your veggies to the broth. You can always add more, less or your favorite seasonings. That’s the wonderful thing about cooking the possibilities are endless.

Now add your potatoes and my secret ingredient 2 TBS of ghee to the pot of golden goodness and in about 30 minutes you will have an amazing healing chicken soup

ENJOY!!

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