Your mother was right...chicken soup is good for you when you have a cold. It may even help prevent colds! But it has to be homemade. Soup in a can does not have the same health benefits as homemade soup. Instead of dense nutrition, canned soup is filled with salt, MSG and preservatives. Genuine, homemade chicken soup nourishes your body and your soul! Read about bone broths to learn more.
Here's my simple recipe for Homemade Chicken Soup. What makes it so simple? All the work has been done when you make the stock!
Feel Good Soup
3 carrots, coined
1/2 onion, small dice
2 celery stalks, chopped (even better if you have the green tops)
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 whole nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks
sea salt and pepper to taste (depends on how you seasoned your stock - but I generally add 1 tsp sea salt and a sprinkling of pepper if any)
1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
1 quart chicken stock with shredded chicken (plus water for noodles)
(Add 1 or 2 cups shredded chicken if your stock didn't have any.)
Heat Grapeseed Oil in large Dutch Oven. Saute onions until they start to turn translucent. Add the garlic, carrots and celery and saute for a couple more minutes. Pour the stock, chicken, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks into the pot, bring to a slow boil, lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
If you would like to add noodles to your soup, add some water when you pour the stock in, and then add noodles when the soup comes to a boil. Cook until noodles are tender. Make sure to check the seasoning before you serve.