It’s approaching the winter months here in sweet little NE. As much as I loooove the warmer weather, I think winter is a beautiful way to get us to rest, rejuvenate and slow down. Since moving here, I’ve learned to be more intuitive with my body and the different signals it tells me. Naturally, I crave hearty meals for dinner and I love that I am honouring my body by fueling it with nourishment.
I don’t know about you but a little bowl of average soup just ain’t going to cut it for me. I’m all about filling my soups to the brim with allllll the yummy veggies, a source of animal protein and a healthy fat if possible. This creamy coconut chicken soup came together from the beautiful ingredients I already had in my cupboard + fridge. Let’s be real, throw together dinners are usually the ones that turn out the best anyway. Having most of my vegetables + protein prepped for the week made this soup super simple and time efficient.
Let’s get into this super simple + delicious recipe shall we?
i n g r e d i e n t s
Pre-made slow cooked chicken (it was about 2 large breasts worth of chicken slow cooked for 8 hours in lemon juice and chicken seasoning)
2 Litres of chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
2 cups of broccoli
4 celery sticks
1/2 a yellow onion
3 garlic cloves
2 spring onions
2 leaves of kale
1 large handful of baby spinach
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of 21 seasoning salute mix from trader joes
A dash of pepper + salt
1/2 bunch of parsley
m e t h o d
Combine all ingredients in a pot over a high heat
Once boiling, turn down to a medium heat and allow soup to simmer for 1 hour (Gideon and I only waited about 20 minutes because all of our ingredients were either already cooked or were raw veggies)
Serve up and enjoooooy
I love eating whole, nourishing and nutrient dense foods. Soup is such a great way to combine + add in so many beautiful ingredients into one meal. While most hearty soups are full of potatoes, I try to get a lot of my energy from proteins and fats (I’m not saying potatoes are bad, they are my absolute guilty pleasure, but I know my body and filling it with only carbohydrates isn’t what makes me feel my best).
This soup is not only fullllll of goodness, it genuinely keeps you feeling full + satiated for a long period of time.
Fats – Having a coconut base is where our healthy source of fats come from. Fats are a great source of energy for our bodies and help with cell regeneration.
Protein – It’s a real shame that meat is so demonized in today’s society. There are so many false claims regarding meat and the negative effects it has on your body! That’s coming in another post because I am really passionate about this topic. For my source of protein, I went with slow cooked chicken because I already had some prepped in my fridge for the upcoming days. Protein is an essential building block and contributes to so many various parts of our bodies. Protein helps to build + repair muscles, it is used to make enzymes + hormones and contributes to bones, muscular, cartilage, skin and blood health. Having an adequate amount of protein in my diet is a priority for me — good quality animal sources are the best.
Veggies – I bulk up all of my meals with a tonne of veggies. I opt most for greens because that is genuinely what I love but if I am having a nourish bowl, I’ll fill it with all the colours. This soup happened to be more of a green theme using a lot of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and spinach. They are rich in fiber, vitamin C,E and K. These veggies always leave me feeling amazing.
Spices – Having just recently studied herbalism, I am well aware of the many health benefits different herbs + spices have. I am really intentional with the foods I put into my body and because it’s winter there are a lot of little germs flying about. I like to come back to my roots and use a food is medicine approach to build my immune system so it doesn’t get compromised. These are just a few of my favourite foods + herbs to incorporate into my meals.
Onions contain antioxidants which help to fight free radicals in the body and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Garlic contains a compound called allicin which is full antibacterial and antiviral properties AKA — amazing for your immune system!
Parsley is one of my all time favourite herbs! It helps with bloating, improved digestion, antibacterial + anti fungal properties and has the ability to help balance hormones.
There are so many different varieties of soup, I’d love to know your favourite! Please let me know if you end up making this meal. My heart is to serve you, create content you want and can benefit from while helping you to flourish along the way.