Chunky Chicken Soup
Soup is a great winter warmer. This soup is jam packed with good things. Tumeric and cumin have more benefits than boosting food flavour, they are spices long known for their healing powers.
I have included a serve of dried borlotti, the dried beans are far more flavoursome than canned and better for you. Borlotti beans provide a vast array of dietary benefits, from increasing kidney function, a good source of protein for building muscle and increasing stamina and a great source of omega 3 and 6 for healthy functioning of hormones.
They are rich in potassium for the muscles and for proper functioning of the kidneys. They contain other minerals; zinc, selenium and copper, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. For brain and hormone function their source of omega 3 and 6 fatty aid regularity and balance with several of the B vitamins including B1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.
Borlotti beans also contain amino acids with dietary fibre and protein for building blocks of the body. Just what the doctor ordered to fight the war on endometriosis.
- Chicken - Whole - 1
- Silverbeet - 4 Leaves
- Turnip - 1
- Swede - 1
- Pumpkin - 1/4 Quarter
- Parsnip - 1
- Celery - 4 Stalks
- Leeks - 2 Thinly Sliced
- Carrot - roughly chopped - 3
- Corn (cobs) - 3
- Dried Bortelli Beans - 1 Cup
- Water - 3 litres
- Turmeric - 2 teaspoons
- Cumin - ground - 1 teaspoon
- Garlic - finely chopped - 3 Cloves
- In a stockpot, place the chook, cover with water and boil on high for 45 minutes, check that water does not evaporate below the chook, add extra water if necessary.
- Spray pumpkin with coconut oil cooking spray, and bake until carmelised and brown.
- Wrap the corn in foil and place in the oven to bake with the pumpkin. You can place the corn either in the same baking tray as the pumpkin or on a separate tray.
- In batches sweat the vegetables: turnip, garlic, swede, carrots, parsnip, celery and leeks - set aside.
- When the meat on the chook begins to fall away from the bone, remove the chook from the pot.
- Debone the chook, placing the meat in a separate bowl shred the meat as you go. Strain the stock using a strainer and place the strained stock and chicken meat back in the stockpot.
- Add the vegetables to the stock pot along with the dried bortoli beans and red lentils.
- Stir in turmeric and cumin
- Continue to boil, allowing the dried beans and lentils to soak up the stock.
- Remove the pumpkin and corn from the oven, add the pumpkin to the stock mixture, and slice the corn kernels from the cobs.
- Finally add the chopped silver beet leaves and corn kernels.
- Depending on how thick you like your soup, either boil down the stock or add extra water if you prefer a thinner viscosity