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Is chicken soup really good for the soul? Yes. It can help with the common cold, heal broken hearts and everything in between. It’s the ultimate comfort food filled with vitamins and minerals and very easy to make. But, did you know there’s an even easier way to make chicken soup that might save you some time if you’re in a pinch?
My friend Nicole was tending to her “patient” (hubby) post surgery and needed some chicken soup. Nicole is a superwoman. She’s a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a really good friend to have and works harder than any person I’ve ever met. She gives everything she has to those around her, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time for Every. Single. Thing. We all know how that feels. Nicole made hubby chicken broth as something to make him feel better. Short on time, she made it from the box. Hubby complained. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I shared with Nicole an easy hack that I’ve used in the past. It gives broth from the box a little bit of extra love. And that’s really what chicken soup is for at the end of the day. It’s extra love when you need it.
CHICKEN SOUP HACK
Pour chicken broth from the box (or can) into a pot and bring to a boil. While the broth is heating up, peel and cut carrots, onions, celery and any other vegetables/herbs you want to add. When the broth boils, add vegetables and herbs. Season with salt and pepper is desired. Bring the pot to a boil again and then turn down the heat to let the soup simmer. Simmer soup until veggies are soft or when you can easily pierce the carrot with a fork. Serve hot. This should take 20-30 minutes. Yes, it’s not as quick as heating up soup from a box. But it also doesn’t take as long as chicken broth from scratch.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can up the ante, while the soup is simmering, by dicing/slicing raw chicken breasts into small pieces. Then combine poultry in a skillet with a minced clove of garlic and diced green onions (or white) and cook until chicken is white on the inside. Toss the cooked chicken into the broth. This can be served immediately if you’re ready.
No matter how you choose to make your chicken soup, know that the person you’re serving it to (even if it’s yourself) appreciates the time and effort it takes to get the soup into the bowl. Whether it’s five minutes or five hours, anything you can accomplish in that time is worth it and important. And don’t forget, have a little fun while you’re doing it. You can taste good vibes.