Simple Homemade Chicken (or pork) Soup

The first time I created this soup it took me maybe 10 minutes to prepare and it turned out to be the best thing I ate all week.

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In an effort to cut down on our grocery bill and maybe save a little money, I’ve been trying to use up the odds and ends in our freezer/fridge/pantry. The day this soup came to be the contents of our fridge consisted of:

1. one handful sad, wilted spinach

2. 2 lemons

3. a tupperware container of diced chicken breast

4. 2 eggs

5. the Brita filter.

Seriously. We had just returned from a few days away and I hadn’t yet gone grocery shopping. So a quick perusal of our pantry resulted in a container of dried shitake mushrooms that I have no recollection of purchasing, and I had homemade bone broth in the freezer.

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Voila! I tossed the spinach into a bowl and dumped my frozen broth into a pot on the stove. Once it started to heat up, I added the chicken and some mushrooms until heated through. At the very end I added an egg and a couple shakes of cayenne pepper and poured the soup directly into the bowl to wilt the spinach.

Cheap, easy, and absolutely delicious!

I made this for the second time recently, except instead of diced chicken I added a small handful of crock pot pork carnitas and omitted the mushrooms – which is the soup pictured in this post. The beauty of this soup is that you can really add whatever you want and it will create incredible flavor. An added bonus? The bone broth is chock full of nourishing minerals that are good for the body and soul – perfect for fighting that spring cold!

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Simple Homemade Chicken (or pork) Soup

serves one

Ingredients

2-3 cups homemade bone broth

1 handful spinach

4 ounces diced chicken breast, shredded chicken or pork, or cooked shrimp – any protein will do!

1 egg

salt, pepper, cayenne pepper

Optional Add-ins: dried or fresh mushrooms, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro or parsley (feel free to experiment!)

Directions

Set your spinach in a single serve bowl and set aside. On the stove heat your bone broth and protein until heated through. Once hot, drop in the egg and stir slowly until the egg is set to your liking – no more than one minute. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Top with additional add-ins if using.

Homemade Bone Broth

I roast a chicken for dinner every few weeks in an effort to get the most bang for our buck – Kevin and I can usually get at least 5 or 6 meals out of just one chicken – but the one thing I haven’t done until now?

Bone broth.

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Bone broth – essentially stock or broth made by simmering chicken bones, water, apple cider vinegar and vegetables – is HUGE in the paleo/wholefood/natural/etc world. For one thing, it’s incredibly nourishing. Bone broth is high in calcium, magnesium, and amino acids (among others), not to mention all that rich gelatin that supports healthy skin and good digestive health. Another added benefit – particularly for those of us still trying to recover from our polar vortex winter – a nice hot cup of broth is exactly what the doctor ordered to ward off colds and warm up the body.

Bone broth is really easy to make and there are tons of recipes online. Just search “homemade bone broth” and pick the one that works for you! For mine, I followed this recipe from April Swiger of Redemptive Homemaking. I loved her tip about saving the ends of your veggies to cook with the broth…because you’re going to strain the broth from everything else and toss the unused parts, it’s a total money saver! Not to mention I’m a huge fan of making the most out of my grocery bill.

I didn’t get quite as much gelatin in my broth as I would have liked, but I think that’s because I used only one chicken carcass to make my broth – using too much water/not enough bones can be an explanation for that, but the fruits of my “labor” (what’s hard about throwing some bones and a bunch of veggies in a crockpot and leaving it alone for hours, I ask you?!) still resulted in a deliciously filling batch of bone broth that was perfect for sipping while reading my latest cheesy romance novel. #noshame

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So what are you waiting for?

 

For some more articles on the benefits of bone broth, check out these sites:

Bone Broth FAQs on Whole9life

5 Reasons why Bone Broth is the Bomb on UndergroundWellness