Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ok yall, it’s Monday. In Nashville it’s cold and rainy and grey. From the looks of my Instagram feed though, a lot of other areas got snow and I’m jealous. Normally, I’m not big on cold weather, but I wouldn’t hate a good snow. Like a real one that you can play in. I kind of got my fix in while we were visiting Breckenridge this fall but now I just want to go back ughh sooon.

Anyway, I made this soup last week because I just happened to have all the things for it. It’s kind of the perfect sick day remedy if you don’t have a Whole Foods near you. Their chicken noodle soup is by far my favorite!!

In a crock pot cook 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts in chicken stock

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When they’re done (mine took about 4 hours but everyone’s crock pot will vary) add your veggies. I used this mix from Trader Joe’s that was the bomb and sooooo easy.

You can also use any combo of onion, carrot, celery parsley, etc.

Season with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and about 30 grams coconut aminos and let it cook for another 30 minutes.

Then add in your pasta. I used 112g of Traders Joe’s Organic Brown Rice pasta. I love this stuff. I also season again here.

The pasta should only need about 20-30 minutes to become soft. Don’t let it sit in there too long.

Top with chives, fresh parsley, cheese if that’s you’re thing.. The options are really endless with this recipe. I encourage you to use this more as an OUTLINE instead of feeling like you have to follow it to a T. Who knows, you might come up with a new favorite!!

:::Some easy substitutions:::

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::Instead of pasta:: rice, zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, etc.

::Seasonings:: I saw a lot of people adding turmeric to their chicken soup which makes sense because it’s anti inflammatory. However, my understanding is that turmeric needs black pepper to be active so just make sure you’re adding that in.

-I’ve also learned that the way to have super flavorful dishes is to season multiple times through the cooking process. Often our spices stick to the small areas they land even when you mix.

::Protein:: Feel free to use the meat from a rotisserie chicken here, or bake your chicken if that’s faster for you. Even canned shredded organic chicken.

-You could totally sub any other protein you have on hand. A recipe like this isn’t a one size kind thing. This is definitely one to play with and manipulate based on what you have.

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Enjoy!!

LOVE,

MEL BELL SHEFF