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Fresh Vegetables and Chicken Clean Soup

Fresh Vegetables and Chicken Clean Soup

Fresh Vegetables and Chicken Clean Soup.

Each week in the winter, and oftentimes throughout the year, I prepare a version of this for the evening meal. It contains no salt, no pepper, in fact, no seasonings of any kind. A simple flavor of pure homemade chicken broth combined with a broad selection of colorful vegetables. It even tastes pure and fresh. Fundamentally, one of the things I really love about this recipe, is that it offers a sort of little nudge of embrace in good eating, that is among those foods nourishing to us. You can even eat as much as you want. Few waistlines would be adversely affected by even stuffing one’s face with carrots, onions, celery, broccoli, kale, and peas sprinkled with some chopped scallions.

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As I look at the bounty of fresh vegetables for this Post today it also gives me cause to ponder some thoughts, one, that a broad variety of vegetables with small amounts of meat were not the trend in the days of even our grandparents or great grandparents, they were the norm. Somehow things just got wildly off track. The varied vegetable selection also gives me thought on the lack of access, even in this day and age, in many, mainly urban areas of our country, food deserts, as they are often referred. Neighborhoods lacking simple access and ease of availability to obtain basic, fresh, healthy foods as part of their common routine. Here too, somehow things really got wildly off track.

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One thing I’ve always had great faith in is that sometimes those issues important to individuals, communities, and to our nation as a whole, require some radical thought in order to sway a common sustaining equilibrium. If you think about it, although it would take more than a thesis to track the changing food scene in our country even over the past twenty-five years, some food issues may seem to present in the extreme initially, but then eventually they edge to the mainstream, a norm, they take on a more common ground.  Issues such as humane treatment, respect for those living animals that we consume as part of our diet, how about more “organic,” I can remember a time this was viewed a streamlined ‘hippie’ interest. How about colorings, chemicals, hormones in our foods. I can remember a vehement response that these additives were proven to harm us in no way, again, a shifting of the equilibrium, formerly alternative points of view were practically deemed, “kooky.”

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And then, as ‘organic’ moved the equilibrium more to the center, others shouted, ‘organic’, yes, great, but many people cannot afford to feed their families all ‘organic’ food, we need to first encourage and educate people to just plain eat healthy foods, this too infers accessibility to all. Perhaps while preparing and enjoying your Chicken and Fresh Vegetables Clean Soup, you too might ponder the nudge of embrace in good eating, its similarities to the norms of eating by your ancestors, and those others who have little access to obtaining what is fresh and healthy in the basic routine. What are your thoughts in renewing many similar foods and eating habits of your ancestors, though perhaps more creatively? Or, those about the emergence and evolution of today’s food issues, including the challenges of food deserts, and enabling easier access and availability of healthy fresh foods as a benefit to individuals, communities, or to our nation as a whole?  

 

Chicken and Fresh Vegetables, Clean Soup
Serves 6
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-5 pound small roasting chicken (sometimes called fryer chickens)
  2. 4 quarts cold water
  3. 4 carrots, peeled, pieces sliced on angle
  4. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  5. 1 onion, cut in half, sliced very, very thinly
  6. 3 cups broccoli, more or less, cut into florets
  7. 3-4 cups kale, thick center stems removed, chopped finely
  8. 2 cups frozen green peas
  9. 3 scallions, chopped finely
Instructions
  1. Assemble items for chicken prep; a boning knife, large plate for lying chicken breasts, tenderloins, clean cutting board.
  2. Set whole little roasting chicken onto the cutting board breast side up. Remove any packaging inside chicken, place the neck into the stock pot. Completely lift back the skin exposing the breast. Slice first breast off closely to the center bone, remove breast, pull off the attached tenderloin and place both pieces onto the plate. Repeat the same process with the other breast.
  3. Place the whole remaining carcass into the stock pot then fill the stock pot with cold water, around 4- 4 1/2 quarts. Turn burner onto high heat, bring stock to a boil then reduce temperature to the lowest heat and let simmer for around an hour and fifteen minutes or a bit longer, chicken should be completely cooked and tender. Meanwhile, cut chicken breasts and tenderloins into bite size pieces, cover with plastic, refrigerate. When stock is done,turn off heat, remove carcass to a large bowl, (cooked chicken meat may be used for chicken salad or another use) strain chicken stock into a clean soup pot.
  4. To the hot chicken stock add in the carrots, celery, and onions and cook on very low temperature for fifteen minutes, scrape in the chicken cubes, cook three minutes, tumble in the broccoli florets and cook another fifteen minutes, sprinkle in chopped kale, stir, continue simmering ten minutes, tumble in green peas, sprinkle with scallions, stir, simmer another ten minutes or so and clean soup is ready for serving anytime.
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  1. Posted February 5, 2015 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    This looks like such a healthy meal! Filling enough with the veggies and just enough protein. Great for after a workout too.
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    • Posted February 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Phil, this simple soup really is one of my all time favorites, real healthy, and a good chance to get lots of variety in one bowl. You are right, great after a workout- and not a worry on how much you eat either. Thanks for joining in.

  2. Posted February 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    You bring up really good points, Peggy. When we’re in Spain, I see how the villagers eat, especially the older ones. They don’t think twice about their food because they know where it comes from. Organic or not, they’re either harvesting it themselves (meat included) or they know the butcher or farmer who did. They are not “foodies.” They eat to feed their hungry bodies. And they know how to use food as medicine, as you have here, in a sense. This is great “food for thought”…pun intended. 😉 Have a great night, Peggy!
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    • Posted February 6, 2015 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, Thanks for sharing your insights and perspectives, especially those related to the villagers in Spain. Already ingrained is the food of living off the land, with both the nourishment and pleasures this provides. In many ways these similarities find their way to the local food movements, purchasing locally what is seasonal, although in our country we are now re-establishing these roots, rather than having the continuity throughout generations. Folks regularly eating in these capacities really don’t seem to have as many health issues, and this is shown in those world studies of healthiest countries. Ah, the word “foodies,” not one of my favorites, as I’m not precisely sure what this means, one that jumps up and down and says, “I Love to Eat?” it kind of reminds me of the saying: “I’ve always dreamed of owning a restaurant.” which is great so long as one understands this involves 24-7 work and worry, employees not showing up, drama, costs, etc.. and etc…and then, the food needs to get to the table, perfectly. On the other end, the sensibility of daily preparing good foods over the course of many, many years, understanding proper technique, and doing a lot… a lot of dishes and cleaning up in this interim. Thanks again for beginning a conversation.

  3. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted February 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, what a thought provoking post indeed! You bring up such important issues – it is quite a task to tackle trying to enable all people to have access to clean, fresh and healthy food.
    I am always trying to do my very best on a daily basis but I understand that this is not easy and not possible for all – I always cook for my family, I prepare vegetables that the kids bring to school to share with classmates, try to teach my kids` friends to cook vegetarian dishes and then I sometimes just run out of steam…
    Love your recipe, your post, your writing – your ideas behind all this!
    Thank you for sharing, dear friend,
    Andrea – have a happy and healthy weekend!

    • Posted February 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Dear Andrea, thanks so much for taking the time. These are important issues, along with the task of enabling all people to have access to clean, fresh and healthy food. It is quite clear how much effort you put into feeding healthy foods to your family, as well as all of the school and community service of which you prepare food, not the least, either, the large bake sale for the school just before the holidays. Individuals and communities always make a difference. Thank you on the recipe this is one of my favorites in the winter, and for your thoughts. Have a great weekend too dear friend. Hugs, Peggy

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