Chicken broth - heal your gut and eliminate cravings!
When I was growing up, we never ate a main meal without eating soup first. A meal was not complete without a bowl of soup. Chicken broth soups, vegetable soups, meat broth soups, all these were staples in our diet back in Czechoslovakia. All the soups were made from scratch which is essential to having a delicious and nutritious soup. It may seem that it takes a long time but with the simple tricks I will cover later, you can prepare a healing broth soup without slaving in the kitchen all day. Let's talk about the health benefits of the chicken broth first. Chicken broth is extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage and marrow such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is super healing for the gut and especially soothing for gut inflammation thanks to the gelatin contained in the broth. Gelatin acts as an aid to digestion and has been used to treat many intestinal disorders, including colitis, hyperacidity and Crohn's disease. Gelatin is also used in the treatment of many chronic disorders, including anemia, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer. Other important ingredients that we get from the broth are the components of cartilage, which are used to treat cancer and bone disorders, and of collagen, used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments. As you probably know, it is also prescribed as a treatment of colds and viruses as it helps treat and prevent infectious diseases. There is nothing better than a steaming hot homemade chicken soup when you don't feel your best.
If you eat a rich broth as often as you can, it will provide the protection you need from many health problems. As you may know, many diseases start in the gut so it is very important to keep your gut healthy!
So, not only that it is super healing for the body but it will also eliminate cravings, it will keep you full, nourished and satisfied so that you will not tend to overeat later. It really works! It may even help you loose some weight if you eat the soup before your main course.
To make the chicken broth, you don't need to follow a recipe, it is simple and if you make a lot, you can freeze it and have it on hand for the next time. It is also great to make sauces, rice, veggies and many other dishes.
How to make the chicken broth
You will need 1 whole chicken (organic is the best) or any bony parts (necks, backs, drum sticks, breastbones and wings). If you are using the whole chicken, you can cut it into smaller pieces if you wish or just cook it as a whole. Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stock pot and fill the pot with water so the meaty bones will be still immersed after some evaporation occurs. The more water you use in relation to bone mass, the less concentrated the broth will be, the less water you use, the more concentrated it will be. You can always add more water as it cooks if it seems too concentrated. Bring to a boil, and remove the foam that rises to the top. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 to 3 hours depending how much you are making. You can also add onion, carrots and celery sticks to your broth for additional flavor and extra minerals. The vegetables will most likely be too soft once the broth is done and you won't be able to use them but they provide a nice flavor and additional nutrients. It is really up to you. Once it is done, remove the chicken or the chicken pieces and set aside. You can cut it up and use it in your soup, eat it with a salad, make a pate or anything you prefer. Drain the broth so that it is clear with no meat pieces or small bones. Add some sea salt and your broth is ready. The broth can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for 2 - 3 months. When the broth cools down, it may or may not have a thin or thick layer of fat on top and / or gelatin throughout. This is totally fine. The type and cut of the meat and bone will determine what the final product looks like. All types will offer excellent healing qualities, so don't worry if it looks a bit strange. Once you warm it, it will go back to the normal consistency.
To make the chicken broth soup
Once your broth is ready, pour it in a soup pot (amount depends on how much soup you're making), bring it to boil again and add any vegetables you desire to have in your soup. Reduce the heat, cover it and let it simmer until the veggies are tender but not too soft. You can also add noodles, pasta, rice, oats, buckwheat or any other grain. Season it with salt and pepper, herbs, add fresh parsley in the end, anything will taste delicious.
What I usually do to save time is the following. While I'm making the broth, I cut all my veggies and saute them in a pan until tender. I also make the pasta, noodles, rice or other grains in a separate pot so that I have all the ingredients for the soup ready. Once the broth is done, I just add the cooked veggies and pasta or other grains to the broth, add seasoning, some fresh herbs and it is ready to serve.