Seasonal allergies and cold season are upon us. It’s the time of year our immune systems need a boost.
Nothing like a hearty bowl of Homemade Chicken Soup to bring the sick and weary back to health!
Making Homemade Chicken Soup is a tradition I started when Michael was very young. I was leary of buying soup off a shelf. I felt my sick son deserved to regain and refuel his body with goodness, not artificial this and that. Of course, there were his food allergies to consider. (The noodles in Chicken Noodle soup contained eggs.) And so, our much-loved Homemade Chicken Soup was created!
Over the years the recipe has evolved: the plain potato was switched to sweet potato, there must be lots of carrots, apparently, I never put enough in, and a garlic clove is added towards the end…to give it that little… ‘Je ne sais quoi’. ( I snuck that in a while back with no complaints)
Everyone likes to finish off their Homemade Chicken Soup a little differently: Michael likes to add rice, Matthew prefers the teeny tiny balls of pasta, I like quinoa and Andy adds it all!
Homemade Chicken Soup is one of the boys most requested recipe. Even in the heat of the summer they were asking for it. (I passed up Mother of the Year and forgo making it.)
The first ailment of the year has arrived. I thought Michael was just suffering through seasonal allergies and his asthma. I was wrong.
I received a call from the school describing Michael as “not looking so well……pale”. When I arrived, he looked paler than pale and was shaking uncontrollably. Off to the doctors. The doctor saw him right away and diagnosed him with ……pneumonia! Off to get a chest x-ray. Stopped on the way to drop off prescription, purchase Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen for fever control and water for his incredible thirst. Picked up prescription…..home to bed.
In all of the chaos, one thing is for sure……… “Homemade Chicken Soup for dinner?” Michael smiles and nods…………all will be well!
Matthew’s first words as he sniffed the air upon arriving home from school, “Is that soup?”
Homemade Chicken Soup is good for everyone’s soul.
This recipe is not written in stone…..adjust to your own tastes.
Homemade Chicken Soup
1 whole chicken, legs and wings removed and as much skin off as possible
1 onion, quartered
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
3 celery stalks, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
fresh parsley, a good handful, stems included
In a large pot, place chicken pieces.
Cover with cold water.
As the water is coming to a boil, skim off foam.
Add the vegetables with peppercorns, cover and let simmer for 2 hours.
Remove chicken pieces, let cool, pull off meat and store in a covered container until ready to use.
Strain chicken broth.
3 sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced and quartered
3-4 cups of chopped carrots
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp kosher salt
Bring chicken stock back up to a boil.
Add in chopped vegetables, garlic and salt.
Simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.
Great reheated the next day!
Spoon rice, pasta and/or quinoa into a bowl, top with some of the chicken and ladle in soup with vegetables over top.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Michael’s Tip: A little bit of celery makes a nice addition.
P.S. Barley, wild rice, beans, fresh corn, peas also make nice additions. The possibilities are endless…………
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Have you adapted similar recipes for your own food allergy needs? I’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments!