Mom thank you for making me eat soup when I was younger. I love soup so much and make it any chance I can get. And now I make my kids eat my soup. Fun times!
Chicken soup can be made any way you want. Tonight I needed to use up some vegetables so I tossed them in. This soup is good whether you add a ton or just a few or organic or not. fun with it. Here is what I added to mine.
-Organic carrots about 25 cents
-Organic kale .75 cents
-Organic mushrooms .70 cents
-Organic onions 25 cents
-Organic Bok Choy & Parsley FREE(thanks Theresa!)
-4 All natural (no hormones etc) chicken legs $1.70
-1 lb of organic pasta $1.29
Cook the chicken and veggies for 5 minutes on a high boil. Then toss in your not so hard veggies. In my soup I added chard stems and mushrooms. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Once you have cooked your vegetables for a while you can add in your noodles. These noodles only take a few minutes to cook.
I add my delicate veggies last. Things like herbs get bitter when cooked for a long time so I add them last. This is also where I added my tea ball full of echinacea. My girls have a cold so tea is always on the menu. They get a little sick of drinking the tea so I came up with this idea. (they never knew!)
I then took the chicken legs out and let them cook for a few minutes. Once cool to the touch I pulled all the meat off and set it aside. Other meaty and fatty parts were given to my dog. Lucky dog! I saved the bones for later. All meat was added back to the soup.
And there ya have chicken soup with a shot of echinacea. You can leave out the echinacea of course but I think I will add it anytime one of us is sick. This made enough soup for us for dinner and some for the girls school lunches tomorrow. Very hearty and filling!
Bonus-Those bones I had left over? Those were tossed into a pot with lots of water and boiled for another 30 minutes. Once done I took the bones out and tossed them in the garbage. The chicken stock was cooled and put into the fridge. In the morning I will skim off any fat (which shouldn't have any) and use it in tomorrows meal. I will use the chicken stock, left over Mexican rice from yesterday and toss in some tomato juice. There you have instant tortilla soup! Plus its free because I used left overs! Woot woot!