I suppose I have a food fixation this week, and I hope you will indulge me. For anyone interested in learning more about foods that support the quest for fertility, links to several books can be found on the Books for Fertility Support page.
Today however, I would like to write an ode to good old fashioned chicken noodle soup.
Several times over the last year when my hormones could have been featured on the expose someone should certainly make called “Hormones Gone Wild,” my Chinese acupuncturist gave me a treatment, handed me her special concoction of herbs, and gave me one solid piece of advice, which was always the same–make yourself some organic chicken noodle soup.
I have to admit that at first I chuckled a bit to myself (shh, don’t tell Dr. Kang). Now however, I bow to the goddess of chicken noodle soup.
Most recently I was having quite a sparing with dear Aunt Flow–she was clearly angry with me for not being her biggest fan each time she visited, and she let me know it. By the time I made it in to see Dr. Kang I had, well how can I say this gracefully, I had lost a tremendous about of blood, was pale, in pain, and feeling like the cement truck pouring our new patio had run over me.
Dr. Kang’s suggestion, with a worried look on her face, you must eat chicken soup. What did I have to lose? It worked before so I once again gave it a shot.
Two days of chicken soup later, bleeding stopped, pain went away completely, and I was feeling human again. This was probably the third time homemade organic chicken soup put my proverbial rocker back on the floor.
So today I am sharing a yummy and VERY easy way to get several meals out of one whole organic chicken. Give it a shot, what’s a girl got to lose, other than a guest appearance on “Hormones Gone Wild?”
Some known benefits of chicken noodle soup: Chicken soup has specifically been shown in studies to thin mucus secretions. Broth and noodles provide carbohydrates for maintaining your energy levels, potentially helping you feel less lethargic. Vegetables boost the level of nutrients in the soup, which will help support important immune functions.
First Step: Whole Chicken Crockpot
- 4 tsp. salt
- 2tsp paprika
- 1tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. thyme
- 1 tsp. white pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 large roasting (organic) chicken
- 1 cup roughly chopped organic onion
Combine all of the spices in a bowl
Remove giblets from chicken, clean and dry the chicken
Rub spice mixture onto the chicken
If you have time, place the chicken in a plastic bag and let sit overnight in the refrigerator, if not, go ahead and proceed–it will still be DELICIOUS
Put chopped onions in the bottom of your crockpot and then add the chicken on top of the onions
Cover and cook on low for 4-8 hours until done
Note: You do NOT need to add any liquid; you will have a lot of juice at the bottom of the crockpot when you’re done–all from the chicken!!
Add a side of your organic veggie of choice and ENJOY!
Second Step: Chicken Soup
When you’re done with dinner, remove the rest of the chicken (it will literally fall off)
Place the chicken in a large soup pot
Add the remaining juices and onions from the crockpot along with organic carrots, more organic onions, organic celery, and any other veggies you have on hand
Add organic chicken or vegetable broth until you have the desired amount of broth for the soup
Next day: take out the soup pot, add egg noodles
Bring soup to boiling and stir continuously until noodles cook through
Note: Add whatever spices you may like, you won’t need many though as the juice from the chicken will give you lots of flavor. Some I like are: garlic, salt, pepper, a little white vinegar, and sprigs of fresh organic parsley (chopped finely)
ENJOY for several days!