The Benefits of Chicken Soup

It’s a warm day in Northern Maine- almost 40 degrees! A nice break from the -30 degree lows we had two days ago.

How do we survive such cold weather? Lots and lots of homemade soup. My favorite is chicken- but I have been leaning towards more vegetarian options these days. (Mainly due to the cruelty involved and the unhygienic methods of processing meat in general- I am really looking forward to getting the homestead up and running so I can produce my own food!)

Anyhow, hot soup hydrates you, offers loads of vitamins and minerals, aids in digestion and offers warmth on a cold cold day.

Basic Chicken Broth Recipe:
1 chicken carcass or whole chicken, depending on if you wanted to boil or roast the meat.
1 bulb of garlic or lots of garlic powder (fresh is preferred)
Fresh herbs such as parsley, rosemary, etc
Salt (himalayan or sea)
Fresh ground black pepper

Bring to a boil with enough water to cover the chicken. Add herbs and spices and simmer for as long as you like. To serve, add some cut up carrots, potatoes and onion (let simmer to soften).

A couple of excellent vegetarian variations:

Ginger-garlic broth (served with scallions)

Vegetable broth (onion, celery, carrot, potato, etc… use your imagination!)

The addition of different herbs and spices really boost the nutrition of these soups- which adds to their immune enhancing properties. Garlic and ginger are both antibiotic and open up the sinuses; black pepper and ginger stimulate digestive juices and aid stomach ailments. If you eat meat, the boiling and simmering dissolves the calcium and minerals from the bones into the broth. Overall, soup is a great nutritious asset to one’s diet!

Happy soup making! I hope you take the time to enjoy a warm mug of medicinal broth.