Postnatal Nurturing Chicken soup

Making a meal for a new mum not only helps to take the pressure off her and the family but is a great way to nourish and nurture her and aid in her recovery after birth.

Homemade chicken soup prepared with healing broth is mineral dense, high in protein, gelatine rich for healing, warming and comforting and easy to digest and absorb. The perfect postpartum meal. Oh and satisfying, remember how ridiculously hungry you are after giving birth!!

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RECIPE

THE BROTH INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 organic whole chicken

  • 2 Tbsp. of raw organic apple cider vinegar (helps to draw minerals from bones)

  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped

  • filtered water to cover

METHOD

  • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker.

  • Cover with filtered water and add the apple cider vinegar.

  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours (depending on size of the chicken).

  • Place aside the poached chicken and shred or cut the meat off the bones.

  • Here you can strain the broth to use for the soup below OR

  • Put the bones back into the broth and continue to cook for 24hours.

THE SOUP INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 onion, diced

  • Quarter pumpkin, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 1 stalk of celery, diced

  • 4-5 fresh shitake mushrooms sliced (if you can not source fresh, you can used dried)

  • 2 Tbsp Ghee

  • Shredded meat from the poached chicken

  • 5 – 6 cups of chicken broth

  • 1 Tsp. Organic Dulse Flakes (optional – excellent sournce of Vitamin A, B’s, magnesium and zinc)

  • Tbsp miso paste (optional)

  • Himalayan Pink salt to taste

  • Tamari to taste

  • Coriander (for garnish)

Method:

  • In a large soup pot, heat the ghee and sauté the onion, carrots, and celery until softened and lightly browned.

  • Add the pumpkin, chicken, mushrooms and dulse.

  • Add the broth and bring to a boil.

  • Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

  • Add miso paste

  • Add salt, tamari to taste

  • Garnish with coriander