Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nourishing Chicken Soup

Chicken soup may be good for the soul but it is even better as a first line of defense for cold and flu season.  

What makes this chicken soup recipe so nourishing? 

The broth. It is made from the bones of the chicken which release minerals and nutrients into the broth. These nutrients and minerals support the healing of the digestive tract and boost the immune system.  In addition, the broth contains added nutrients from vegetables and herbs for further immune boosting support. The following mineral broth is adapted from the book The Longevity Kitchen, by Rebecca Katz. We recommend this broth to all of our clients. Finding such a perfect broth gave us no reason to re invent the wheel. In fact we have even had the opportunity to skype with the author and discuss how she successfully uses food as medicine!

There are a lot of ingredients so don't be afraid to shorten the list a little bit if you can't find them all. You can store and freeze this broth or use it all up for a delicious family meal. It's perfect for when you or any little one's in the house are feeling under the weather or just need some hot comfort food.

Magic Mineral Broth


1 organic chicken carcass 
8 quarts of cold filtered water
1 large bunch fresh flat-leaf parsely
1 bunch of celery, incuding the heart, cut into thirds
12 garlic cloves unpeeled and smashed
2 unpeeled sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
2 unpeeled yellow onions cut into quarters
1 unpeeled yam cut into chunks
6 unpeeled carrots cut into thirds
1 fennel bulb with tops
1 leek, white and green parts cut into thirds
2 bay leaves
1(3-inch) unpeeled fresh ginger cut in half length wise
1 (8 inch) strip kombu
12 black peppercorns
4 juniper or allspice berries
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


* cook chicken and take the meat off leaving the carcass. Set meat aside for the soup.

Rinse all vegetables
Place ingredients in a 12 quart or large stock pot
Add the water, cover, bring to a boil
Turn heat to low and simmer 2-4 hours
Add more water if vegetables go below water line (water evaporates while cooking)
Simmer until you can taste the richness of the vegetables
Strain through a large course mesh sleeve placed over a heat proof container
stir in salt
let cool to room temperature, refrigerate overnight
skim off as much fat off of the top as possible
broth is ready to be used for chicken soup
it may be portioned into airtight containers and to freeze for later use

*This recipe calls for all of the broth for serving a family of 5-6 however you can always make smaller portions.

Chicken Soup Recipe


Magic Mineral Broth
1 bunch of celery chopped
5 large carrots chopped into 1/2 inch circles
1 tbsp ground sage
2 tsp ground turmeric
sea salt and pepper to taste
chicken meat from entire chicken

Optional add ins (everyone has there own classic favorite):
Brown rice
Organic Potatoes
Brown rice pasta


Place broth in large stock pot
Add in carrots and celery
Bring to a boil and turn heat down to med and cook for approx. 30 min depending on desired tenderness of veggies
Add in chicken meat and optional precooked ad in for the remaining 5 minutes of the 30 min just to heat them up
serve immediately


Yours in Health & Happiness

Lisa and Nichole

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