Mom knows best…

Every year after Thanksgiving my mom takes the leftover turkey – bones and all – and whips up a delicious turkey and bean soup. It’s not only delicious, but as I recently learned, extremely nutritious! (And budget friendly!)

Last week I started coming down with my first case of winter sniffles and had an uncanny craving for this soup. But, being as it’s almost a month till Thanksgiving, I thought I’d try a little experiment…home-made soup using a rotisserie chicken!  The hubs picked up a rotisserie chicken (which in its self is a few meals for the both of us!) Below is a rough recipe for easy home made chicken soup, but the beauty of soup is that you don’t have to follow a recipe, you can make it using any ingredients you like!

There are several reasons this soup is SO great.

1:  It’s budget friendly. You can have several meals using the rotisserie chicken, and then make soup using the carcass and any veggies you happen to have on hand. No extra ingredients needed!

2: It’s SUPER healthy! Not only is it made of healthy veggies, beans, and lean meat, but soup made with  “bone broth” has extraordinary health benefits. You get calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and other trace minerals in an absorbable form from bone broth. Bone broth is also rich in gelatin, an excellent source of supplementary protein.

3: Chicken soup actually does help with a cold! Recent studies suggest that real chicken soup may truly alleviate the upper respiratory symptoms of a cold.  Make a big batch of this soup and freeze it in individual sized servings for the next time someone gets sick.

Home-Made Chicken Soup (my version…remember, be creative!)
1 chicken carcass and any extra meat
water (enough to cover the chicken carcass in a large pot)
Black beans
Carrots, sliced
Fresh garlic, 6 cloves, crushed
Rosemary – generous
Oregano – generous
Thyme – generous
Bay leaves
Juice of 1 lemon
 
Other ingredient ideas:
Celery
Potato
Leek
Onion
Celery Salt
 
Instructions:
Put chicken bones/carcass in a large-ish pot
Add water so that chicken carcass/bones are covered
Add all of your ingredients and stir
Cover and cook on medium/medium-low until all your ingredients are thoroughly cooked (mine took about 3 hours). Stir occasionally.
Use a slotted spoon or strainer to help pick out the bones
 

So if you feel like your coming down with a cold, or you just want to have a nutritious soup, try making chicken soup from scratch! It’s easier than you’d think, and there’s no “wrong” way to make it!

Have a happy healthy day!

Caitlin

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