My grandmother showed me how to make this chicken soup medicine, fifty years ago. This soup is so full of vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients, just gathering the ingredients will give you hope for a healthier tomorrow. My grandmother taught me that slow cooking was key to the medicinal properties. 50 years later, I am reading about this fact on the web all the time. My grandmother cooked it on her stove all day, at barely a low simmer. I usually prepare mine in my crock pot on low heat, since I can’t stay by the stove all day, like Nana did.
I have made a choice, for personal reasons, to always use organic produce whenever it is possible. If you don’t have access to farm fresh ingredients, use the best you can find, including frozen. Frozen produce is typically picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen so that the nutrients are still there.
Ingredients for Chef Pharrell’s Healing Chicken Soup Recipe:
1 large red onion, small diced: I use red onions because they have a flavonoid high in antioxidants and inhibit histamine production. They have the same properties of strawberries. When onions are simmered to make soup, their nutritional value does not get degraded. It simply gets transferred into the water part of the soup. By using a low-heat method for preparing soup, you can preserve the health benefits of onions.
5 cloves of fresh garlic, mince fine: If cooked garlic has sulfur-containing compounds, which have antimicrobial properties which help to fight infection. Raw garlic is the healthiest, but I don’t like the taste. Again, using a low heat method will help the garlic retain its healing properties.
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil: This is loaded with vitamin E and K great healthy fats
3 stalks celery, sliced ¼” thick: Celery is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber. It also contains molybdenum, manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and tryptophan
3 large carrots peeled, sliced ¼ thick: Carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, which gives them their bright color. One of job of beta carotene is to support the body’s mucus membrane, which lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts, making it harder for bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
1/3 cup fresh sage leaves, chopped: Sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties
2 teaspoons kosher salt: Tastes better than sea salt in this recipe
8 cups chicken broth: Try organic, it is readily available in most stores now
1 ½ pounds chicken parts skin and bone attached: Broth made with the bone of chickens inhibits infections and it fights inflammation. It also contains an amino called Glycine which has calming effects, allowing you to rest and recuperate better. You can use just breasts or just dark meat if you wish.
4 bay leaves: Not sure about these, they just make the soup taste much better
Put everything into a slow cooker and put it on low. Cook for 8 hours. Your whole house will have a wonderful soothing smell which will offer hope and the flavor is perfection. After the first serving, you will begin to feel the healing power of the chicken soup medicine.
Hope you feel better soon!
These Jr. Chefs are learning to make healthy chicken soup from scratch.
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