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Meals from Mel! Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup + “Life-Changing” Bread

April 3rd, 2020 | no comments

Prepare this nourishing soup, serve with a slice of “Life-Changing” bread…then freeze the leftovers!

 

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Yes, it’s spring. Soup is the last thing on your mind, isn’t it?

 

I don’t know about you, but when I come down with a little bug and my body really needs homemade chicken soup, not a container of it can be found in the freezer! Let’s be honest, making chicken soup isn’t usually a priority when we are healthy. At least it’s not for me! 

 

Why not get ahead of the game and simmer up a nice big pot of Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup when you are well…then break it down into individual containers and freeze? That way, you’ll always have a back up and won’t have to rely on crummy canned soup to get you through. I’m sorry…it’s just gross and can’t even compare to homemade.

 

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Now let’s talk about that Life-Changing Bread. I found variations of this recipe on Pinterest and what struck me about this particular one was its gluten-free, blood sugar-friendly (7 grams of fiber per slice!) nature. Not only that, when you pop it in the toaster…it actually toasts! This isn’t always the case with non-traditional bread.

 

I like to smear a layer of mashed avocado on my Life-Changing Bread, then add sunflower seeds and a shot or two of hot sauce. If this is too overwhelming for you, spread it with Kerrygold butter…or just enjoy it plain! 

 

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Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup
A simple, nourishing soup perfect for under-the-weather days or anytime you're yearning for a little TLC. Add more veggies if you like, or for more of a hearty meal, serve over cooked quinoa or cauliflower rice. Be sure to make enough for leftovers (double the recipe if you have to), then break down in smaller containers and freeze for when you really need it!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bone-in, skin-on chicken breast free-range, organic if possible
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, cleaned, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 8 cups organic chicken stock or organic chicken bone broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bone-in, skin-on chicken breast free-range, organic if possible
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, washed and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, cleaned, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 8 cups organic chicken stock or organic chicken bone broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towel, then season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add oil and sear the chicken breasts skin side down until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken and transfer to a plate.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onion, leek, garlic, salt and pepper to the pot with the leftover oil and chicken drippings. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add chicken back to pot, along with the chicken stock, thyme and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  4. Remove chicken, thyme stems and bay leaves from the soup. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin and bones (or save the bones to make your own bone broth!). Shred the meat to bite sized pieces. Add shredded chicken back to soup. Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
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"Life-Changing" Bread
Flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, psyllium husk powder. Need I say more? This simple-to-make wholesome gluten-free bread is loaded with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Bake a loaf or two, then once completely cool, slice, add to freezer-safe bags and store in your freezer. Pull out a slice and toast when the mood strikes!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, dry
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. psyllium husk powder (I like the NOW brand)
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 3 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil or ghee, melted (ghee is clarified butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, dry
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. psyllium husk powder (I like the NOW brand)
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 3 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil or ghee, melted (ghee is clarified butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Whisk maple syrup, coconut oil and water together in a glass measuring cup and then add to dry ingredients. Mix very well until everything is soaked and dough becomes very thick (add one or two teaspoons of water if dough is too thick to manage).
  2. Add mixture to a flexible silicon loaf pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours. When ready, the dough will retain its shape when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove bread from pan and place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing.
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