Turmeric Broth with Chicken & Spring Greens
This is a versatile dish that can really be adjusted and eaten any season of the year. The first time I ate it was in Summer so it was filled with an abundance of spring / summer vegetables.
It was so easy to make, it tasted nourishing and it felt like a hug in a bowl.
If you are in the cooler months and coming down with a cold or have additional mucus (yeah, we can all get it at some stage), the addition of chicken and lots of garlic will help to break this down.
If you are FODMAPs add some chives to get a similar flavour.
Remember the Chicken Soup 'old wives tale'? Did you know why it is recommended?
Chicken is high in the amino acid cysteine, which is mucolytic, so when you add it into a warm liquid broth the cysteine, heat and liquid will work on liquifying the mucus and helping to clear you up.
Add lots of garlic (antibacterial, a great circulatory stimulant and excellent expectorant) and ginger (warming circulatory stimulant) with your turmeric (anti-inflammatory power ranger) and you will have an awesome wholefoods broth to support your immune system and get you back on your feet faster!
I find this recipe is a fabulous easy throw together, which is really my style of cooking as I don't do measurements because I cook intuitively most of the time. That did't happen automatically, so trust yourself a little more in the kitchen and start experimenting.
The recipe basics are here for you to make a beautiful broth base and change up the protein and vegetables based on what you have available in the fridge or your protein eating style - vegetarian, vegan, meat eater.
This will create one big bowl of deliciousness so multiply based on how many people you are serving.
This is a typical throw together meal for me, and I encourage you to do the same; feeling into what your body wants, needs and loves, whilst also being guided by what you already have at home.
These are the types of meals that come together so beautifully when you say 'there is nothing to eat...'!!
Keep staples on hand, like the Meadow & Marrow Bone Broth (which comes in different flavours), spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic and fresh vegetables and you are ready to go!
Even those vegetables you neglected can be thrown in and used up when they have supported by a tasty broth!
I usually cook extra protein to have for lunches during the week, so this particular broth was made with organic chicken drumsticks that I had baked a few days before. I removed the meat and bam, I have a tasty nourishing soup!
Olive oil (to sauté the onion)
1/2 onion, sliced
Protein of choice - this was the meat sliced off 2 pre-cooked chicken drumsticks
1 tsp turmeric
1 crushed garlic clove (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder or granules)
Broccoli tops and stalks chopped into small pieces
Handful green beans
Handful snow peas
2 heaped tsp Meadow and Marrow Lemon & Herb Bone Broth
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbs coconut cream or milk
Sauté the onion in olive oil
As it softens add the spices you are using and garlic, cook for 1-min until fragrant
Add the sliced protein
Add the broth and vegetables
Lightly bring to a boil and reduce heat until vegetables are lightly softened
Add coconut cream or milk
Serve - you can add fresh herbs on top, like coriander! YUM!
If you make it and post on social media, don't forget to tag me @carissacrosdale or comment below to let me know how it worked out for you.