Well...its been a really interesting week at our house. We are all sick. Ashlyn started school 2 weeks ago and we are already fighting the "new school bug". ugh! Check out what I did to stay on track & get my whole family healthy again!
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I am sharing something a little different for this weeks meals. Since we are all feeling under the weather I decided to grab one of my "go-to" recipes for a big pot of soup full of nutrients! Its from www.ibreatheimhungry.com. I make this soup often when I'm going to have a busy week. It's yummy & makes a huge pot that we can eat off of for lunch & dinner for several days. No cooking, no cleaning! Fantastic for a busy mom!
This time I decided to make my own chicken bone stock as a base instead of the store bought stuff. I had just gotten my first order from Butcher Box and couldn't think of a better use for the Organic Whole Chicken I ordered. I just put the entire chicken in a big pot, filled it about 3/4 full of water then added onion, garlic, basil, peppercorns, salt, and a bunch of left over veggies I had in the fridge-yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, carrots, celery, etc... (another win for making broth is that you can use up veggies that might go to waste otherwise). I let this boil then turned it down to a low simmer for several hours. There is really very little effort needed to make your own stick!
I wanted to chicken to fall apart to get to that nutrient rich bone marrow! And oh did it!!! I had to use a sieve to remove it from the pot!! I placed the chicken in a separate bowl, then filtered out the other veggies into another bowl.
I didn't want to dirty up a bunch of pans so I messed with the order of the recipe a little. I cooked the bacon in a separate frying pan (I puree the onions since my husband doesn't like them-you can do the same then just add the puree to the large pot. I you do like onions, you can cook them here with the bacon). While it was cooking I pulled apart the chicken meat and put the chicken meat back into the pot with the stock in it. When I had gotten all the chicken, the bacon was ready and I put everything (including the grease-make sure you're using a high quality bacon-pasture raised, no nitrates, etc...) into the pot with the stock & the chicken.
Then I followed the rest of the recipe as is!
I love that there are several veggie substitution options on the website in case you need to make a change. I end up using a lot of veggies that I happen to have on hand so I use this list often! And I don't care for celery root in the soup (the flavor is too overpowering for me) so I like to use cauliflower instead. Ive also used bamboo shoots instead! It adds that little extra texture I'm always looking for!
THE WHOLE SHEBANG:
I use the soup as a supplement to my keto lifestyle. But I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read the entire IBIH 5 Day Soup Diet! There is so much more to it than the soup! If you really need a kick start, or just want an easy, pre-planned week of meals, this is where you should go! Pre planned & made breakfasts, the snacks are really good (hint: i prefer the flavor of vegenaise over mayo...) and then again...THE SOUP!!!!
Find the IBIH 5 Day Soup Diet HERE
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I am 2 years into my keto lifestyle! Lost a total of 55 lbs since I started-!! Will be sharing my ups & downs, recipes that work, grocery shopping tips as well as weekly workout schedule! Check back every Monday for an update & kick start to your week!