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Monday, January 6, 2014

Homemade Healing Chicken Soup

My heart was touched when my Arleena ran up to her Daddy and gave him the best medicine for a cold… a lot of love.  The heart shaped card inspired me to also give Daddy some good super food medicine in my easy chicken soup.  I really believe there are so many healing remedies available in God’s goodness and my family relies heavily on these home cures.  

Tip of the Day...  Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: this can be used to thin out the mucous that builds up as a cold or sinus infection come on.  2 tablespoons mixed with water when you wake up and when you go to bed will help you even through allergy season.

 Below is the recipe to a very healing chicken soup.
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What You’ll Need:

·         2 Tbsp Olive Oil
·         2 Cloves Garlic chopped or  minced
·         1 Tbsp Celery Seed
·         3 bay leaves
·         Sea Salt to Taste
·         1 handful (or more) of  Italian Parsley
·         4 or 5 large carrots sliced
·         1 lb left over cooked chicken
·         32 oz container of LOW SODIUM Chicken or Vegetable Stock
·         1 cup Water
·         3 cups Brown Rice cooked (1 cup dry makes 3) Use a pressure cooker to save time or simmer in soup for an hour to cook rice)
·         Hot Sauce  or Hot Spice Optional to open sinus

Step #1: In a large Stock pot combine olive oil, garlic and carrots on Med/high heat and sauté for 4 minutes.


 Step #2: add parsley and sauté for 1 minute:  

Did you know that parsley has many health benefits? Parsley is a good source of vitamin K, A, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, as well as fiber. It has substantial flavonoid content, which gives it strong antioxidant benefit. So it helps reduce free radicals and inflammation. Parsley also has iron in it.

 Step #3: add stock, water and remainder of ingredients except rice and bring to a boil.  Allow to boil for a few minutes then reduce heat to a simmer.  Do not be afraid to add additional spice if you like it… there is no wrong way to make a good chicken soup.

Step #4: To make this dinner recipe simple, cook the brown rice in a pressure cooker (this can be done in 10-15 minutes), drain rice after being cooked and add to soup which will be ready to serve after removing the bay leaves.  Or the long way is to add 1 cup of uncooked brown rice to the soup and simmer per directions on rice package, usually 1 hour.   You can also make this dinner recipe simple by using Quinoa Pasta instead of rice which will cook in 7-10 minutes… this keeps the dish gluten free.  Be sure to remove bay leaves before serving and add some hot sauce to clear those sinuses. 

A few hints to make sure this is truly a healing soup…

1.       Use organic produce and meat
2.       Use organic stock that does not have preservatives
3.       Use sea salt without additives or preservatives

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