Chicken and Lemon Soup

Chicken and Lemon Soup

  • Serves: 4 - 6
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cooking Time: 00:25
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This is a perfect comfort soup. I love the hint of lemon, it gives a delicious refreshing flavour. My Chicken and Lemon soup is full of healing properties for the gut and immune system.

Ingredients

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  • 1 - 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 lge leek, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp coriander, stems chopped
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp ginger, minced or finely grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 2 L chicken broth/stock, home-made if possible
  • 1/2 sml head cauliflower, chopped small
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • 1 cup coconut milk, or cream
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup lemon juice, to taste
  • 3/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 3 cups spinach leaves, firmly packed
  • 3 Tbsp coriander, leaves, chopped

Directions

Remove the base and green top of leek, slice stem in half length-ways and thinly slice.

Heat a large soup pot on medium. Add ghee, melt and add leek, cook stirring for 3 minutes (don't allow to brown). Add coriander stems (they have more flavour than the leaves), garlic, ginger and turmeric. Stir through leek and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add chicken broth (home-made will have a lot more flavour and nutrition than commercial brands, this is my recipe). Add small cauliflower pieces and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook covered for 10 - 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.

Add chicken (use cooked chicken from boiling up broth or roast chicken), coconut milk, coconut aminos, lemon juice and salt, stir through and bring back to a simmer. Simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Turn off heat and stir through roughly torn spinach leaves and chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with a sprinkling of coriander leaves on top.

ghee

Ghee is clarified butter, it is pure butter fat that has had the milk solids removed. You can get the flavour of butter in your cooking without the dairy (please don't consume if you have an allergy to ghee). My favourite brand is Organic Valley Purity Farms which I purchase online from iherb. It is also very easy to make yourself.

leek

Leek is a vegetable that belongs to the onion and garlic family. The edible part of the leek is the white base called the stem or stalk, the leaf sheath needs to be removed before eating. Leeks have a sweet, mild onion flavour and are commonly used in stock and soups. Leeks contain many flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins that have proven health benefits.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

garlic

Garlic is a close relative to the onion and has been used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes. In most of my recipes I use minced garlic as I find it distributes better throughout the dish. When in a hurry I use organic minced garlic which I purchase in glass jars and store in the fridge. When garlic powder is needed for a particular recipe, I use 'Simply Organic' brand. Why is garlic so good for us? It is an immune booster, antibiotic, good for the heart, cancer fighter and it's also knew as a weight loss aid (appetite suppressant).

ginger

Ginger root is widely used as a spice but also for medicinal purposes. It is a hot spice which you will find in many commercial curry powders. It's often used to prevent motion sickness and nausea. Some studies have shown joint swelling in people suffering with arthritis experience less pain and swelling when taken daily. I like to use fresh minced ginger in my meals and dry ground ginger in baked goods.

turmeric

Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family, the rhizomes are used fresh or boiled then dried in hot ovens after which they are ground into a deep yellow powder. Turmeric is an essential ingredient of Indian curries and gives mustard its yellow colour. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and is used to treat inflammation and digestive disorders.

chicken broth/stock

Making home made chicken broth is a great way to heal Leaky Gut and excellent to drink when unwell. Traditionally broth was made just from bones and simmered for hours to remove the gelatin, marrow and goodness from them. These days vegetables are also added to give extra flavour. By using a slow cooker, making your own broth/stock is so easy. As soon as a roast chicken is eaten, all the bones go into the fridge or frozen ready for the next batch of broth. If purchasing store bought stocks, read the labels as many companies have changed the name of MSG to yeast extract. Organic or free range brands are available. Chicken broth recipe is on page 295 of The JOYful Table cookbook. Freeze ice block trays filled with chicken broth for when a small amount is required for a recipe.

cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of the cruciferous vegetables that should be eaten on a regular basis, as it has huge health benefits. One cup of cooked cauliflower provides you with 73% of your DRI of vitamin C, it's also a good source of vitamin K. You will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower to cancer prevention.

chicken

Choose grass fed, free-range chicken and organic if available. Chicken is a meat that gets injected with hormones to plumb it up, shop carefully. A good source of protein.

coconut milk

I use this extensively throughout my recipes; from soups to dinners to desserts and cakes. I think it is the best dairy-free alternative. It gives so much flavour and creaminess to a wide variety of dishes. See coconut milk recipe on page 299 of The JOYful Table cookbook. If purchasing in the can read your labels, even some organic brands contain gums and thickeners, choose full-fat not low-fat versions. I use Honest To Goodness organic cream 400ml and Ayam which isn't organic but has no additives or thickeners and is much creamier and thicker than other brands (that's why I love it), it comes in 400ml, 270ml and 140ml size cans.

coconut aminos

An excellent soy free alternative to soy sauce and tamari. It comes from the sap of the coconut tree and has a sweeter flavour than soy sauce and is not as salty. Coconut aminos can be purchased from health food stores or online. This is one of my favourite ingredients.

lemon juice

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Most store bought lemon juice containers preservatives.

pink Himalayan salt

Raw pink Himalayan salt crystals is unlike common table salt which can be a highly refined industrial byproduct, otherwise know as sodium chloride. Himalayan salt is completely pure and may naturally balance the body's alkaline/acidity and regulate water content. In addition Himalayan salt helps in the absorption of nutrients from food and contains many trace minerals for healthy cell structure. I purchase fine pink Himalayan crystal salt so I can use it in my shaker and for cooking.

spinach leaves

I use English spinach leaves in my recipes. This more modern variety of spinach is more tender than older varieties and has small flat leaves. Can be eaten raw or lightly cooked. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is a rich source of iron.

coriander

Coriander is also know as cilantro. The fresh chopped green leaves in large amounts are a good source of vitamin C. The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many Indian, Thai, and Mexican dishes. They are usually tossed through just before serving as the heat can diminish the flavour. The dried fruits are known as coriander seeds, the seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. The word coriander in food preparation may only be referring to the ground seeds not the plant.

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