For anyone just seeking some natural comfort foods and a prayer we’re here for you. Enjoy the recipe below and I pray that you will be in good health.
Grain free Chicken Noodle Soup
- 8 cups of homemade chicken broth (recipe below)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, ghee, olive oil
- 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 large celery sticks, washed and thinly sliced
- Unrefined salt and pepper
- 1-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
- 4 carrots, made into noodles *
- 1-2 zucchini, made into noodles*
- Handful of finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cups of leftover shredded chicken
3-5 chicken feet (see note below), optional (I also keep these frozen in the freezer)
Any gizzards from the cavity of the chicken, taken out before cooking, optional
4 carrots, scrubbed and cut into 3 inch pieces
4 celery, washed and cut into 3 inch pieces
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
1 bay leaf, optional
15 peppercorns, optional
A few sprigs of thyme , optional
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
Dump all of the ingredients into a large stock pot and cover with filtered water about an inch or two above the top of the ingredients. To draw out more of the calcium from the bones, let sit for an hour at this point at room temperature, optional. Bring to a low simmer and cover. You should never boil stock. Keep at a very low simmer for 3-24 hours, skimming any foam that may rise to the top. The longer you simmer the more flavor and minerals leach out into the water. I find that 12 hours work well for me, go past 24 hours and it will become bitter and too dark.Once done, cool slightly and then pour through a colander. You can further strain the broth by pouring through cheesecloth, though I never bother.
You can also make this using a slow cooker, using the same directions as above and cooking on low.
Whenever I make drumsticks or any other type of chicken on bone, I stick them in a freezer bag and place them in the freezer until we have enough to make a pot of stock. Although it seems a little strange at first to save bones that people have eaten off, a 12 hour simmer is going to kill any “coodies”. But if you would rather, just have your family cut their meat off the bones.
Regarding the chicken feet, some find this practice barbaric, however remember that using all parts of the chicken show proper respect to the chicken. The feet are an excellent source of gelatin. Find them at Asian stores or from local farmers.
Source: 1) http://www.springerlink.com/content/p7u013w7360016w2/