This week we will feature soups. Soups are a “souper” food! (HaHa!) Many patients going through chemo or radiation have family and friends who start meal trains for them. Soups are the perfect “meal train” meal in so many ways. They are easy to make, easy to transport, and easy to consume with little cleanup afterwards. Soups are also considered a comfort food. Not only for the ones going through treatment, but also for the family. You know grandma’s saying, “Chicken soup is good for the soul.”
We are starting this week with a basic recipe, broth. I use broth as a replacement for water in a lot recipes. Especially, when I’m making a “meatless” meal. Though I may omit the typical meat such as chicken or beef, I add the broth to help add a little protein.
Here’s a few simple steps to make amazing homemade chicken broth:
When you cook an organic chicken save the bones and use them to make bone broth. Bone stock contains 2 amino acids; Proline and Glycine. ( Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.) Broth also has minerals and collagen. It’s great for healing and strengthening of the cells structure and it tastes great!
Put your chicken carcass in a crock pot. Add carrots, celery and onions (the more the better). Parsley and thyme are a great tasting addition. Add enough cold water to cover the chicken and vegetables. (I sometimes add organic chicken broth if I have some on hand.) Add 2 Tabs. apple cider vinegar. This helps to draw the nutrients out of the bones.
Cook mixture on low for at least 24 hours. This long cooking time maximizes the taste and allows the bones to cook up and release more nutrients. This is a great way to get collagen and gelatin (both great for healing) into our diets.
Add salt and pepper as you taste for seasoning. You may also want to skim any foam off the top of the soup as it cooks.
After 24 hours, it’s ready to eat. If you want to save it, let it cool, and then refrigerate. It will usually last for a week. If you want to use it at a later date, just stick it in the freezer.
You can use this same basic recipe for beef broth. Be sure to use organic bones (it is important to reduce added hormone exposures). Some people like to roast there bones first. It helps bring out the richness of the beef flavor. Just roast your beef bones about 25-30 minutes at 375 before you put them in your crock pot.
This is a great soup as is or can be used in any recipes that call for broth. For those going through chemo or radiation, sometimes broth is all there tummies can handle. Make sure to keep plenty on hand!