Healing Chicken Alphabet Soup

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Healing Chicken Alphabet Soup

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Everyone is sick…I’ve never seen so many people with colds, fevers, flus, coughs and sore throats! This soup is the perfect antidote for all of these spring cold-like illnesses. This recipe is a short-cut for that long-cooking mom-made chicken soup of yore. But, even though it’s simple to make, it really packs a wallop when it comes to antioxidants and cold-fighting ingredients. Make a big pot and keep it in the fridge and heat it up all week as needed. The chicken soup is healing. The alphabets are just fun…

You will notice that this chicken soup contains a lot of garlic, scallions and ginger. That’s because each one of these ingredients will ease cold symptoms and lessen the length of the cold. Ginger and scallions release the exterior. This means they will help you sweat out the cold. Eat this soup, dress warm, snuggle under the covers, and let the soup do it’s job. When you wake up in the morning, shower off the toxins you have sweat out and you will feel a thousand times better. Garlic is a natural antiviral, so it serves its purpose here as well. When I have a cold, I actually blend up a whole head of garlic with a little water and lemon and I take sips of it throughout the day. Just ask me, if you need more info on this…

I’ve added cabbage to this soup. You can use red or green. Cabbage actually helps control a cough and lessens the symptoms of the common cold. A long time ago, cabbage tea was given to people who had contracted the whooping cough…

First, put your chicken in the oven and roast it until it’s done and then chop it up. (Alternatively, you can even pull the meat off of a rotisserie chicken, but if possible, use an organic one)…
roast chicken chopped

Cook onions, celery and carrots in a big pot of chicken and/or vegetable broth…
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Add in some garlic and ginger…
raw peeled garlic cloves
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Add scallions…
scallions thickly sliced

Put the chicken into the broth with a lot of kale…
kale added to soup

Add some shredded purple cabbage…
purple cabbage shredded

Some salt and pepper and fresh dill…
dill pic

Cover and cook and later add your alphabets (I found a box of whole grain organic vegetable alphabet pasta)…
alphabets very close (good)

Cook until the alphabets (or whatever pasta or grain you are using; sometimes I use barley instead) is al dente…
chicken alphabet soup dun (good)

Ladle into bowls and serve. Then, let the pot cool and store it in the fridge for the week. Feel better!
chicken alphabet soup dun (far)

Healing Chicken Alphabet Soup
(serves about 8)

4 organic boneless chicken thighs, roasted and chopped
1 quart chicken stock
1 quart vegetable stock
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 large onion, diced
3 carrots, sliced
5 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
4 scallions, sliced
3 big handfuls of chopped kale
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 Tbs chopped fresh dill
sea salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup of organic, vegetable alphabet pasta (I used Eden pasta) or whatever pasta or grain makes you feel good

Put the chicken and vegetable stocks into a large soup pot. Turn the heat to medium-high. Add the celery, onion, carrots, ginger, garlic and scallions. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the pot to a boil, then add the cooked chicken and reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Add the kale and the cabbage. Cover and simmer 25 minutes. Add the alphabets and let cook until they are al dente. Ladle the steaming soup into bowls and feel better soon!

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