Wednesday, February 26, 2014

From my table to yours: chicken soup

After a long winter and having a house full of sick people, I've become pretty good at making chicken soup from scratch. I think in the past month I've made a large pot of it four different times.

My recipe comes from a lot of trial and error, experimenting and intuition. But most of all it comes from the heart. Next time you need comfort food, slurp a big bowl of it. Enjoy and be well! 


good-for-you chicken soup

what you'll need:

  • organic whole chicken
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (I like to peel the outer layer of celery before I chop it)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • handful chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 6 cups (48 oz) boiling water
  • 4 tsp bouillon (my favorite is Better Than Bouillon organic vegetable base)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

what to do:

  • in a large soup pot add olive oil and garlic, onion, carrots and celery and saute on medium-high heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add red and green peppers. Mix all the veggies together and saute for another 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add wild rice and stir together until rice is slightly browned (a few minutes). Add stewed tomatoes and fresh parsley. Add salt and pepper. Mix together.

  • place chicken in pot (on top of veggies), breast side up.
  • season chicken (as pictured) with salt, pepper, oregano, basil and cumin. Meanwhile boil water in teapot.
  • pour boiling water over chicken. Add bouillon and stir.
  • bring to boil, cover and simmer for 45 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through).

  • when your chicken is fully cooked, it should pull apart easily with a fork. (Tip: I like to let my soup cool for one hour, then transfer the chicken to a platter and pull apart the meat with my hands. It's so much easier and efficient than using a fork and knife.)
  • Mix all your cooked ingredients together and your soup should look something like this.

I like to squeeze fresh lemon juice into my finished bowl of soup. And a warm piece of French bread is the perfect accompaniment. 

Here's to good health!

Did you know there is actual science behind the benefits of chicken soup? Read about it here.

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