Healthy Hearty Home Made Soup Recipe (with pictures!)

As you guys know I love to cook. Especially in the winter months when meals tend to be bigger & heartier.

With harvest season coming to a close and the winter months setting in now it’s time to utilize our bounty wisely. 🙂

When cooking I always consider the nutritional value of EVERY single ingredient and how all ingredients work together within our bodies. Optimal nutrition is what I try to ascertain in every single meal.

Although for me it’s just a short trip to the grocery store, someone worked hard all year to produce the awesome foods I’m able to purchase and I do celebrate the harvest months of Sept and Oct.

( BiWifeLife loves Farmers!!! )

I decided to throw together a grand slam of healthy heartiness all in one huge pot of “Yo mama’s” chicken soup 🙂

What I used:

1 pack of chopped chicken thighs for stew

Selected Seasonings- Be creative, add your favorites (I know y’all didn’t think I would give that up now would you? lol.) Only the kids have that info 🙂

3 Celery sticks

1 small onion

1 tbsp diced garlic

4-5 whole radishes

1/2 pumpkin

2 stalks of scallion

2 heads of broccoli with stems

2 Large carrots

4-5 small Idaho potatoes

1 pack of light egg noodles

How I made it:

  1. Clean the excess fat from the chicken. Usually I’m a bit OCD with getting ALL the fat off anything I eat but with chicken soup it’s okay to leave a little fat on the meat to add to the flavor of the natural broth.20141102_202623
  2. Begin boiling water in the largest pot you have while you’re cleaning the chicken.
  3. Season the chicken on both sides once all pieces have been cleaned.
  4. Add chicken, selected seasonings (be creative), minced garlic and 1/2 of the small onion diced to the boiling water.
  5. Some people like to add chicken broth at this stage. I do not. I allow my chicken to boil in spices and seasonings until the meat is literally falling off the bone to create my own awesome broth. Your choice.20141102_220722
  6. Allow to cook until falling off the bone which is about 1 hour for stew chicken thighs.
  7. While the chicken is boiling it’s time to prepare the veggies. 🙂
  8. Rinse all veggies/fruits well.
  9. Chop everything into bite size pieces.20141102_221229
  10. I DO NOT peel anything. The vitamins are in the skin! Even the pumpkin.
  11. The pumpkin will need to be gutted with a spoon.20141102_202238
  12. Set aside pumpkin guts including seeds for frying or adding to a pie/cake/another meal another day.20141102_202604
  13. When the chicken meat begins to fall off the bone when picked up with thongs or a fork, it’s time to help the process along a bit. WARNING: Risk of burns, burning hands! Use thongs to remove chicken from the boiling water! Use a long fork to scrape the chicken meat off the bones while holding the chicken with thongs.20141103_010423
  14. Return meat to the pot of now boiling broth, set aside bones. 20141102_220731
  15. Now it’s time to add the chopped veggies!20141102_221238
  16. Add water if needed.
  17. If you need to add water, taste test and add more seasoning if necessary!
  18. Allow to cook for about 20-30 minutes.
  19. Add egg noodles when veggies have become somewhat soft.
  20. Allow to cook until egg noodles are soft.

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*Serve 8-10. Serve hot with biscuits drizzled with honey & no cholesterol/no sodium butter. Add spicier seasonings on especially cold days such as Cayenne, black pepper or Paprika atop each serving to clear potential cold/flu onset.

*If you have a Doggie: Remove small bones, serve when cooled 🙂 Can be roasted in outdoor smoker for flavor first.

Hope you guys enjoy!

SUBMIT YOUR WINTER RECIPE for publishing! biwifelife@gmail.com

-Jay Dee, Founder

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