CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL...AND HEALTH
no matter the time of year, there's just somethin' super comforting about eating a bowl of soup, ain't it? the way the warmth of the liquid just wraps you up, it's like a hug after a stressful day. and I'm sure these days, with the word 'pandemic' being one in our daily vocabulary, we could all use some comfort more often than we'd probably like to admit. so I decided to take the real OG of the soup world and give it a modern make over for a lil' nutritious, flavorful, boost while being real simple to make. 'cause y'all know I'm all about keepin' things quick and easy in the kitchen.
so let's get to it!
the line up:
makes about 4 bowls of soup
prep time: ~5 min cook time: ~15 min
total time: ~20 min
all of these items were bought at trader joe's because that's my store of choice but you do not need to shop there for this, except for maybe the cauliflower gnocchi.
-2 packs of chicken bone broth (totals to about 40 ounces)
-1 pack of frozen cauliflower gnocchi--if you're not one for cauliflower or don't necessarily care too much about carb count, please feel free to use regular gnocchi.
-1/2 bag of pre-made frozen grilled chicken strips (about 1/2 pound)
-3 whole carrots, sliced
-1 raw red pepper, diced
-3-4 green scallions, diced
-1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
-1 1/2 tablespoon chicken bullion
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-1 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
bone broth? say what?
this has become really popular over the last couple of years but, has really been around for a very long time--like hundreds of years--and has some pretty awesome health benefits.
basically, all it is is the liquid that comes from simmering bones from chicken, beef, etc. for at least 24 hours. as the it simmers, the liquid is filled with the nutrients from the bones.
bone broth, first and foremost, is low in fat while being very high in protein making it a great way to help your muscles recover from workouts. but it also has claims to help protect your joints due to the glucosamine from the bones, support the collagen in your body--which is great for not only your muscles, but your skin, hair, and nails as well--and support your immune system from the minerals that are seeped from the bones.
the red peppers and carrots in this recipe up the vitamin a and c content, both of which are essential for immunity, while being vital nutrients to support our skin's collagen production and cell turn over (aka fight wrinkles), and muscle function.
to start, place the gnocchi and chicken strips in a medium to large pot with 1/2-3/4 cup of water at low/medium heat, stirring occasionally to start to defrost.
while that's starting to cook through, chop up the pepper. carrots, scallions, and cilantro and throw it in.
finally add in the bone broth and the seasonings, mix all together and allow to simmer on low/medium heat for about 15-20 minutes. now, when the bone broth first comes out, it may be gelatinous and that's completely normal, but as it heats it will thin out to the texture of a stock.
remove from heat, let stand for about a minute and then serve and enjoy!
thanks so much for reading today. I hope you found this recipe as delicious as I have and, I would love to hear from you if you decide to try it! feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.