It has been SO cold in Southern California this winter season, and this California girl, of course, is loving it! Cold weather calls for hot soup, and hot soup heals all that ails. Being a new mom with less than normal sleep patterns and some added stress here and there, I find that I start to get the bugs going around a little easier than I used to. No worries. I just increase my vitamin D, take some Umka with elderberry (amazing), get in my daily exercise, and make soups like this! I have been able to thwart at least 3 bugs recently. Who has time to be sick?! Especially around the holidays!?
I got this recipe from a lovely Facebook friend who said that this soup is traditionally made after a woman has given birth to help her body heal from the trauma. It is nourishing in every way. I add the extra raw garlic (tummy issue be damned) if I feel a cold coming on because raw garlic is GENIUS for killing those nasty bugs. In fact, I have another Facebook friend who makes her own healing “potion,” if you will, from raw garlic and honey. She keeps this mixture in a jar for 4-6 weeks and then takes a spoonful as needed for immune support.
I’ve never really met either of these women in real life, but I love sharing and recieving tips and recipes to help all of us “do life better” with anyone willing to share, or listen (or read). What are the wonderful ways you keep your body and soul nourished? How do you stay healthy during stressful times?
1 whole organic chicken (varying sizes)
2 cups white rice, prepared
1/4-1/2 cup package seaweed for soups (not nori for sushi!), soaked as per instructions on package
sesame oil for garnishing
sea salt and white pepper to taste
*1-3 fresh garlic cloves, though garlic press or chopped finely, per bowl (for cold/flu fighting power–and taste!)
This will take a while, but it’s SO worth it!
First, make your chicken: in the largest pot you have, put in your raw, whole chicken and cover it with fresh, filtered water, about 6-12 cups (the amount doesn’t really matter! Just cover the chicken with water.) **alternatively, you can use leftover roasted chicken! It will just be a little bit more difficult to get the meat off the bones.
Boil the chicken for 90 minutes. Drain the water and remove the chicken. Take all of the meat off the bones. Set the meat aside to cool, then refrigerate until ready to use.
Then, make your Bone Broth (this is so healing for your tummy!) Take all your bones and the carcass and place back in the pot with fresh, filtered water to cover. Bring the bones and water to a boil. Then, lower to a simmer and simmer for at least 5-6 hours. The longer the better!
Once the broth is done: assemble your soup to your liking! Add some rice, chicken, soaked/softened seaweed and broth to your bowl. Add in fresh garlic if you’d like that flavor or if you’d like to fight an oncoming illness (the more the better in that case). Add sea salt and white pepper to taste. Drizzle each bowl with the sesame oil to taste. Enjoy!!
I keep all the parts separate and make the bowls individually even for leftovers. You could certainly just put everything into one pot if you’d like!
**If you have a sensitive tummy due to IBS or IBD or are going through the elimination phase of the low FODMAPs diet, leave the garlic out and just try another immune boosting method mentioned above! The soup is SO good with or without the garlic. Leaving it out, if you have a sensitive tummy, will help to heal your gut!