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Monday, September 27, 2010

Cleansing Chicken Soup

It is very important to me to use food as another way fight this cancer.  I am so blessed to feel good enough to eat a variety of foods right now.  The week after my first chemo session, I struggled with a sensitive stomach, but by day 5, I was good to go, and I've been loading up on super healthy foods ever since!

My aunt sent me this recipe.  It is usually used as part of a cleansing/detox program, but that is not really how I am using it.  I love that everything in it is super good for the body, so for me, it is an easy way to get some very nutritious food into me!  I'm all about putting on some weight during the weeks that I feel good, so I don't feel like a true detox is right for me, but I am making sure 80-90% of what I eat is beneficial to my health, which I think is cleansing in and of itself! 

This last week I found myself running to my local health food store and eating at their deli for lunch.  It is only a block away, and I know everything they make is super healthy.  I ate their Salmon burger twice, with sides of cabbage salad, and broccoli salad, (yum!) but knew I had to come up with a different plan, since lunch there is $6-$8 bucks each time I go.  Ouch.  I thought this soup would be an easy lunch option for me, and will help keep me out of the expensive deli.  I am adding additional foods with it at lunchtime, because it is pretty low calorie, and right now I need EXTRA calories.

It makes a TON!  I am going to freeze it in smaller mason jars and pull them out to thaw as needed.  I was very happy with the taste of it, although next time I will use a little less onion.

If you make it, plan ahead!
It takes 8-12 hours of cooking time.  That long cooking time is what extracts all the healthy stuff from the chicken bones. By cooking the heck out of the bones, you are extracting the gelatin, which is a nutritious source of protein, as well as collagen, calcium, minerals and amino acids.

**I used a very large crock pot, and it barely all fit!  I started it at 10:00 pm and it was ready the next day for lunch.  I also pureed mine after removing the chicken and bones, I was not too into all the chunky vegetables, so I used my hand blender, then added the shredded chicken, peas, and parsley in at the end for texture.  

Cleansing Chicken Soup
1 Whole Chicken (free-range, pastured or organic)
1 Tbsp, raw apple cider Vinegar
3-4 qts of filtered water
4 medium size onions coarsely chopped (I will only use 2 next time)
8 carrots peeled, coarsely chopped
2-4 zucchinis coarsely chopped (I used 2)
4 Tblsp of extra virgin coconut oil
½ c frozen green peas (I added these at the end after pureeing)
4 inches grated ginger
¼- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 lb green beans
1 bunch parsley
5 garlic cloves
2-4 Tblsp Celtic-Sea Salt (I added 2 tsp pepper)
Directions:
If using whole chicken: make sure to remove gizzards, and fat glands from cavity.
Place chicken or chicken pieces in large stainless steel pot (I used a large crock pot) with water, vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper, extra virgin coconut oil, and all vegetables (except parsley). Let stand for 10 minutes before heating. Bring to a boil, remove the scum that rises to the top. Cover and cook for 8-12 hours. The longer you cook the Stock the more cleansing it will be. **See my notes above about pureeing. 15 mins before finishing the stock, add parsley.(this imparts additional mineral ions to the broth)
Remove from heat, take out chicken. After it cools, remove chicken meat from carcass, discarding bones. Drop meat back into the soup.  




7 comments:

  1. What a blessing you are.
    This information is vital for all women.
    Thank you Amy for sharing this with us.
    You are an inspiration.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  2. Sounds wonderful and I love that it is so good for you. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This sounds great! I am in soup mood lately so I will give it a try! :)
    Just a quick question: on your ingredient list, is it extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive that will be used in the recipe?
    I have been thinking of and praying for you. I decided to grow my hair longer so I could donate again to the "Locks of Love". I was not going to do it again after the last two times because my husband loves me in long hair. But reading about your hair loss made me sad and I thought maybe someone else can really use my hair somewhere even though my hair is not all black any more. I have lots of grey now. I love your bandanna head cover and so glad to read of how supportive and loving your family has been to you. It makes a huge difference in fighting this cancer battle. I will continue to lift you up before the Lord and that He will give you strength in going through this trial in your life.

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  4. Amy -
    Vanity first: Your head is beautiful.
    2. Your girls are very lucky to have such a strong, smart, loving momma.
    3. Did you boil everything first and then dump it into your crock, or just dump into your crock? I need to make this soup this week.

    God bless.
    Suzanne

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  5. Amy, thanks so much for sharing this recipe - I'm def going to make it for the fam! Here's another one I've bookmarked that you may be interested in: http://www.guideposts.org/recipes/soup-recipes-magic-mineral-broth
    You are a blessing - already helping so many others lead better lives through your current challenge! Lots of love and hugs! Laurie http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com

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  6. This recipe sounds great - thanks! Hope you are continuing to feel well.

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  7. Thank you! I want to ask my husband to make this for me. It sounds do good, I'm sure I can smell it!!!!

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