DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Sometime last winter my good friend (and neighbor) Robin was feeling under the weather so as a caring friend (and neighbor) does, I brought her a batch of chicken & vegetable soup. Why is it that when we're sick, many of us automatically crave that ubiquitous bowl of "chicken soup"...or some other form of it?
Is it something inherent, built into our DNA... perhaps a wisdom that our ancestors gained through necessity. Our grandmothers were definitely onto something when the common prescribed remedy for a cough and cold was a nice, warm comforting cup-o'-soup. There's something to be said about the wisdom of our ancestors.
When making soup, my "secret weapon" is the bone stock. Either a delicious homemade or good quality store bought stock will give you more love than you could ever find in a bouillon cube, can or tetra pack. Not only does a good bone stock help elevate the flavour (secret to a delicious soup), it also contains a host of absorbable nutrients that can help the body in a number of ways: reduce inflammation, restore and heal the gut, replenish vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. This is the secret that our ancestors intuitively knew. There's real medicine in that bowl. Plus, there's something so darn comforting about snuggling up in your jammies on the couch, curled up with an inspiring book or an epic "sode" on Netflix with your warm mug o' soup.
I was chatting with Robin a few days ago and she asked if the recipe was on my website...it wasn't, but thanks to her it is now! She got me craving a mug of my chicken & veggie soup and since she liked it so much, I thought you might too. As the weather turns cooler this soup is a great remedy to warm and soothe your soul ♥. On a side note...have I mentioned how RAD it is to have some of my closest friends live a few doors down from us...that also have kids around the same age as ours? It's pretty amazing!
I made this batch in my slow cooker. I had a few extra minutes before leaving the house this morning so I thought I'd just toss everything in the slow cooker so we could come home to dinner. Boom. 10 minutes of prep, 8 hours of cooking time. Dinner is ready. Love me my slow cooker. You could also cut that time in half by cooking on a high temperature.
Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetable Soup
2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery sticks, sliced
2 carrot sticks, sliced
1 cup cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup peas
1.5 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1.5 teaspoons paprika
1.5 teaspoons thyme
1.5 teaspoons oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Parmesan rind (optional)
6 cups chicken stock or waterjj
1/2 cup parsley
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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