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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chicken Veg Soup for the Soul

Chicken Veg Soup for the Soul!

I wish you could smell this!  Actually my pic here is a little foggy because steam was pouring out of this bowl, but it was filling my house with the most wonderful aromas!  Taking photos in steam is not advised, at least if you are not an expert photog like me!  In any case, it seems to me that most of our country here is freezing and we could all use a little warming up, so I figured I would try making some Chicken Soup; this was my first time! 

My Chicken soup experiences have largely been canned soup based, which I guess is why I've never been a big fan.  For those of you who don't already know it - this is a totally different soup when it's made homemade with fresh ingredients - in fact, it is a delicious soothing meal that makes you feel all healed inside once you eat it.  That sounds like a crazy proclamation, but out my window is a lot of snow, my little boy's nose won't stop running, and I wear my slippers around the house in addition to a ridiculous amount of layers just to stay warm - so I think it is fair to say that this soup is healing because it's making me forget about all those things!!

Incidentally it is easy to make, at least the way I did it.  You just need a few ingredients and hot pot!   Eat this and feel yourself getting healed and healthier every second :)   Skeptics can read more details about this from Duke University's Healing Power's of Chicken Soup.

Amy's Healing Chicken Veg Soup for the Soul

Heat a Dutch Oven or large Soup Pot and add 2 cups of Chicken Broth (Organic, Low Sodium) and 2 cups of water.  Throw in:

4 large whole cloves Garlic
1 large handful Cilantro
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1 Lemon, zested into pot, squeezed into pot, dropped into pot (remember to scrub it clean first!)
1/2 tsp Salt, or more as desired
2 cups Carrots, chopped
2 Zucchini, chopped
1 Tbsp EVOO

Bring to a rolling boil, remove Lemons, and then add 2-3 uncooked boneless skinless Chicken Thighs.  Return to a boil and partially cover it, maintaining a low boil for 20 - 30 minutes, or until all your ingredients have reached desired doneness; and adding more liquid as needed.
Serve HOT and all steamy, and if you are like me, you will LOVE chopping up half an avocado to throw on top for added Fiber, Potassium, Good Fats, and just straight up yummy flavor!
Chicken Veg Soup with Avocado

Eat, enjoy, and heal :)

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