Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Organic Chicken Soup

Taking a page out of my friend Sara's blog book, I've changed the design of my blog. I was bored with the black on black. Hope you like it!

Last night, I made an organic chicken soup, sans noodles, from scratch. I can't believe I was unable to chop and cook just a few months ago. I'm so grateful to have progressed so much! What a wonderful gift, to be able to evolve. Danny has a sore throat so I'm taking care of him. It's nice to reciprocate since Danny's always taking care of me.

Here's the ingredients:
Half of a purple cabbage (chopped)
Half of a sweet onion (chopped)
Three cloves of garlic (chopped)
Two large handfuls of Shiitake mushrooms (chopped)
Head of celery, leaves and all (chopped)
Two boneless skinless chicken breasts (chopped)

First things first, I braised the whole chicken breasts in vegetable broth. While that was cooking, I sauteed the garlic & onion in olive oil, tossing the rest of the chopped veggies into the pan shortly thereafter. I then poured the vegetable broth over the veggies letting the whole thing simmer. When the chicken was done cooking I chopped it up and tossed it into the pot with the veggies, letting it all simmer for a few more minutes. Finally, I seasoned it with a tablespoon of cracked pepper and two teaspoons of habanero powder. 

The truth is that you don't even need noodles. It turned out so good that I'm making it again tonight. I think soup might just be my new thing. All of the ingredients were organic, the meat was free-range hormone free. There was no sugar, and no bad carbs. It was guilt free and delicious. I love it!

I'm ever grateful that I have the freedom to do ordinary things, like know how to create a recipe. The body, and the brain are incredibly intricate and resilient. I'll never forget being unable to chop or follow instructions. I'll never forget being unable to take care of myself. I'm so grateful to have the capability to give back to Danny so that he gets nurtured too. It's an overwhelming feeling, knowing he can rely on me.


  1. Jess, Soup looks sooo good...perfect for a sore throat!!!! You and Dan are lucky to have each other!!!! Take good care.

  2. "So Cal" PattiJanuary 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Happy to see that you have come so far and are able to do the things you love again! The soup looks delicious and as you nourish yourself and Danny, thank you for continuing to nourish all of us with your words!!!

  3. Splash of good soy sauce for color enhancement & flavor . . .

    New blog design is soothing. Danny can't help but get well.

    Keep on cookin' good lookin'!

  4. Like ther new look. the green back ground looks close to the green coat you had on saturday(that is from a color blind person).

    Two tea spoons of Habanero!!!! Did it melt the bones of the chicken? Sounds good but I don't have utensals that will hold up to that heat!

    Keep smiling jessica. Go Vikes.


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