Bee's Chicken Soup + Bone Broth
Listen up! I am about to share my cure to flu season & an unhappy gut: homemade chicken soup. And, why would chicken soup be good for your gut? Well, bone broth is anti-inflammatory & packed with amino acids*, so that's why. So, come let me teach you how to make chicken soup from scratch...it might be even better than your grandma's. Check it out!
5-6 large celery stalks
5-6 large carrots
half a white onion
3 cloves garlic
1 whole potato - I switch up my starch/filler between sweet/rustic potatoes, lentils, corn, gluten-free pasta, really whatever you'd like to bulk up the soup!
tbsp dried basil
tbsp dried thyme
tbsp dried rosemary
tbsp dried parsley
tsp garlic powder
3 bay leaves
Start with the rotisserie chicken - buy one at the store & eat as much meat as you'd like. You'll just need the carcass, & there's typically enough meat left on the bones to suffice for the soup. The meatier you want the soup, the more you save from the rotisserie chicken - simple!
Once you've eaten your fill, take the carcass & place it in the crockpot - fill the crockpot up the rest of the way with water & cook on low for 12-15 hours.
This step is the most time consuming of them all (45 min.-1 hour): once your timer has gone off, turn the crockpot off, wait 1 hour to cool then remove the meat off the bones to save for the soup & strain the broth with cheese cloth. You want to be very careful & observant to get all of the bones out.
Once you've completely removed all of the bones from the meat & broth, pour the meat & broth back into the cleaned crockpot.
You will now add all ingredients: carrots, celery, onion, garlic, potatoes, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, bay leaves, garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste!
Once you've combined all ingredients in the crockpot, fill crockpot with water**.
Cook on low for 4-6 hours
Ready to eat!
*There are 9 essential amino acids that do everything from transporting nutrients throughout the body to preventing illness. Not to mention, they're vital for building muscle.
**Do not fill water to the top if you're using lentils or gluten-free pasta as it expands & will overflow the crockpot