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Healing Chicken Soup

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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!!

Operation Get Healthy

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                Over the past couple of years I have suspected that I have developed some food intolerance’s and with a life long struggle of yo-yo dieting, binge eating and drinking, drug addiction and not exercising consistently one would also soon discover that the combination of all these things would lead into some digestive issues as well.

                In the summer of 2010 is when I decided to get serious about my health and I really started noticing how food was affecting my body, I don’t know why I never noticed it before, weird! This was my first attempt at trying Paleo. I was very determined to get my health in order and I never cheated. Well, a few times I did. My main thinking was to lose weight and look good, but I never focused on really feeling better mentally and physically a mistake I feel that I made on this journey.

So for 43 days I ate and lived Paleo.

                                                     No sugar from any source, grains, dairy, processed foods, cereals, breads etc. On the rare occasion I did have some berries and a little dark chocolate. Hey, sometimes we just need some dark chocolate!!!

You know what I felt great, I lost 13 lbs and a few inches. My attitude was better, my skin looked better, and I had more energy. So what happened from that summer to now? Well a lot of stressful situations, depression, and a lot of not knowing what I was doing with my life and I fell right back into struggling with my food choices and not exercising. Staying consistent is key and I know that but I just wasn’t doing it.

 The result of this destructive behavior over the years has really done a number on my body, pain in my legs and feet along with swelling, I am bloated all the time, my skin has not been clear, joint pain, and most important I just feel horrible. I lack energy, motivation, confidence, my attitude stinks and I am depressed all the time.

The excuses stop NOW!! I am tired of hearing the same old story and excuses play over and over in my head all the time. I am tired of feeling sorry for myself. I absolutely do not like looking in the mirror. It’s time to change my thinking and stop believing all these negative thoughts that I keep telling myself.  I will no longer use my body as a garbage can!! It’s crazy, on a recent emergency trip back home I had some wonderful and really meaningful conversations with my sister in law and my brother and at times those conversations where really hitting me right in my heart like they were meant for me to hear. Funny how God speaks to us sometimes.

I know what I need to do, the hard part is doing it. I wish there was a reset button that we could push and all of our health issues would disappear but then again that would be the easy way out and there is no fun in that. Learning along the way what works and doesn’t work is all part of the journey and makes us stronger in the end.  I have set goals in the past and I think sometimes they are a bit too much, so I am just going to keep them simple and basic for now. Simple whole foods are what I will be eating along with yummy green vegetable juices, healthy fats and some probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Also getting exercise in at least 4 days a week, and running a 5k this weekend.

My nutrition and staying active are number one on my list and I am choosing to focus on getting healthy and healing my body instead of focusing on the weight loss, I know that will come with it so that will just be a bonus. Right now at this moment I would say I eat healthy 65% of the time and the other 35% of the time is eating too many processed, quick and convenient foods. I don’t want to start off with eliminating too many foods but in order to see what is causing certain things I will start with a few. This first week will be gluten, processed foods and grains. I know that seems like a lot of things but I know first handed that these are all triggers for me.

I will keep you all updated throughout the weeks of how it is going and what I have been eating. One of my favorite food choices in the fall and winter months are soups, here is one of my favorites recipes that I will be making. Enjoy!!

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Operation Get Healthy is in full effect!!!

Chilled Asparagus Soup

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One of my favorite things to eat lately is Purple Asparagus from the farmers market. It is so sweet, nutty, tender and delicious I just can’t get enough of it. It is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even a snack. Some of my favorite ways to prepare asparagus is on the grill, or sauteed with peppers, broccoli, onions and garlic with a farm fresh over easy egg on top.

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The last time I prepared the above I only used the tips of the asparagus, and I was thinking what I could make with the left over and then I remembered a chilled soup that a friend of mine was talking about so I thought I would try it out. I am so glad that I did because it is soooo good!!!

Chilled Asparagus Soup

This recipe only has a few ingredients, it is super easy, super yummy, and anyone can eat it…. This recipe can be raw, vegan, low calorie, low carb, gluten and dairy free, paleo anything that you desire….

Ingredients

20-30 Asparagus Spears

Half of a Sweet Onion

1 Garlic Clove or more if you like

Water or Chicken Broth

Lime Juice just a small wedge for brightness and freshness

Salt and Pepper to taste

Small pinch of Red Pepper Flakes for some Heat

About 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

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Optional: Green Onions, Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Vegan Sour Cream etc.

My favorite way to prepare this is to saute the onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in the olive oil. I am not a fan of raw onion flavor and I like the sweetness that onions have after they are sauteed a little bit. Then put in your blender or food processor with the asparagus and blend together until smooth, it will be a little thick so this is when you will add the water or chicken broth to get the consistency that you desire. DONE!!! See how easy that was!!!!

Chill for about an hour

Pour into Bowls

Squeeze a little lime over the top,

add some green onions and a little greek yogurt and ENJOY!!!

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This is the way I like to prepare this, remember you can make this a completely raw vegan soup if you so wish! I do my best to make recipes that satisfy everyone. I am not all raw or vegan but I do enjoy incorporating lots of plant based meals into my diet so you will find a little bit of everything here!!!

Please let me know if you try out this recipe or any others on my blog                                       and leave a comment below

Baby Bok Choy Soup

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Baby Bok Choy Soup

This is one of my absolute favorite soups, so easy and fresh!! The recipe is on the Picture ENJOY!!!!

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