We have been fighting off a nasty virus in the house…
It hit me over New Years, it’s the first time in a year that I have been sick. 2 days of fever and aches. And one by one the kids have gotten it too…
There is something very healing about chicken soup. The bone broth has healing properties…but I also believe the warm smell of soup on a cold snowy day also bring comfort.
So yesterday I made my second batch. In true “Kelley” fashion…I don’t have a set recipe to follow. But I do have basic instructions and then variations for you to try to keep it interesting and also to meet those with food sensitivities needs, like me.
For this pregnancy my goal is to be grain free 90%, dairy free, legume free, and refined sugar free 90%…
Why? Well this kind of eating keeps my inflammation down, reduces my fibromyalgia flare ups, and helps me overall feel better. It is my “paleo-ish” life.
So here is the recipe…
I had an organic roasted chicken from the grocery. I tossed it in the pot, covered with water and let it cook for about 6 hours.
(You can also use a raw whole chicken and boil it, or use he leftovers of a roasted chicken, the bones are what matters here…if raw make sure to add a little salt, pepper, and celery to the water).
After cooking it down I removed the chicken and bones into a large bowl and let cool.
I added salt, pepper, and garlic to he stock and kept it on low.
Then I chopped up:
One whole sweet onion
5-7 carrots (I used the multicolored ones, to me it’s more fun!)
One head of broccoli
A handful of heirloom tomatoes
Added them all to the stock and let simmer.
(Basically I use whatever veggies are left in my fridge. I have used kale, green beans, peas, cabbage, spinach too).
Then I added 2 cups of lentils to have a healthy carb. If you cannot tolerate lentils you can chop up a little sweet potato as well.
By then the chicken had cooled. I removed all the chicken from the bones and added it back to the soup, covered and cooked for another hour.
As always taste it along the way to see if you need more salt or pepper to be added.
Sometimes I add lemon pepper or a little lemon Juice to mix things up as well.
The soup is amazing. We had it for dinner and since I have two sick kiddos home today I plan to put it back on the stovetop one warm it up to eat on today.
Have a warm and Healthy day ❤❤❤