I DON’T HAVE ANY TIME! Never before have I felt that the days are shorter and daily tasks are never ending. As much as I rather put a bag of popcorn in the microwave, I know it’s not the most nutritious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, I have found the perfect solution to a fast, easy, and nutrition meal. Soup. Making soup is the easiest thing in the world, especially when you have a crock pot.
I love to make my own broth for soup. I think it’s fun and makes my house smell like my Granny’s house. The first step is to find a chicken carcass. I find this by buying a slow roasted chicken from the market, eating the meat and saving the bones. I then put the bones into my crockpot and boil it in water for two days. This is also the time I add spices. What I have found out is that putting a little bit of heat to the spice makes the flavor stand out—just a simple sautéing in a frying pan for a few seconds.
After the broth is finished boiling on low in the crockpot for two days, strain out the bones (something I forgot to do my first time), and you can add ingredients for soup or freeze the broth of a later day.
The first soup I made with my first homemade broth was chicken noodle. The night before I wanted to serve the soup, I roasted a pound of carrots and a stalk of celery, just until they were cooked through. (From a pro cooking class, I learned that roasting vegetables would add a smoky and tasty flavor.) I chopped up all the vegetables and added half to the broth. I also boiled two chicken breasts in a separate pot—with my condition I do not want to take any chances of salmonella, so I’m extra careful around raw food. When the chicken was cooked all the way through, I shredded it, and added it to the crock pot. I let this sit on low over night, and in the morning I added the rest of the chopped vegetables. At this time I also sprinkle in a bit of thyme, salt, pepper and basil.
One special thing I like to add to my chicken noodle soup is homemade noodles. Which aren’t hard, but can be tricky at first. I use Gluten Free Bob Mill flour and eggs. The recipe for noodles is one cup of flour for every two eggs. For a full crockpot of water, I used four eggs and two cups of flour. Add the eggs to the flour and kneed the heck out of it. At first it will be a runny goop, that makes you feel like you did something wrong, but with a bit more time a dough will start to form. Once the dough feels and looks like play doh, roll it into a ball and let it rest for a bit. Once the dough is well rested, roll it out with a rolling pin, and cut it into long noodles. Cook the noodles in boiling water for two minutes and then add it to the crockpot, and you are done.
Written down, soups seem like a lot of work, however most of the time, the soup is just in crock pot boiling, and requires little maintenance.
Broth (homemade or bought)
Vegetables (your favorites)
Spices (what you think tastes good)
– Heather Martin 5.13.14