One of my all time favorite things to make in the fall is chicken soup. It reminds me of my childhood growing up and the smell of Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup coming from the kitchen. Chicken noodle soup, chili and pumpkin are probably the two things I think of most when I think of fall memories. And Mom always said anytime you’re sick or have a head cold, eat chicken noodle soup to get better. I’m sure that must be an old wise tale. I can’t imagine how something as simple as chicken noodle soup would actually cure a head cold. I wish they really would. Head colds can be the most miserable feeling.
The crazy thing is that even though I don’t really believe in all those voodoo wise tales I still eat chicken noodle soup every time I have a cold. Like a few weeks ago when my acupuncture guy said my energy levels were low & I was probably fighting something but didn’t believe him. I honestly thought I was just tired. Then a few days later…BOOM. I woke up and felt like my head was about to explode from sinus jam. So I did what I always do. Take a ton of zinc, vitamin C and eat chicken noodle soup. But this time there was just one problem.
What to do about the noodles? I had some pre-packaged noodles in the pantry for chicken noodle soup, but after seeing all the suspect ingredients and sodium I decided to ax the noodles. I’m also following a Paleoish diet right now. I’ve always had a lot of digestive issues, but experienced a ton more this year from my foot injury and probably stress. Based on the advice of my acupuncture guy, I eliminated sodium, sugar, grains and anything sprouted from my diet until things calm down. It’s going on week 3 and I have to say I’ve seen significant improvement in my stomach bloating. I used to bloat up like a 9-month pregnant lady anytime I ate anything. That is no longer happening and I have much less discomfort.
I’m not sure how long I will actually stay on this diet, but I’m feeling so good I may keep doing it for awhile. I dunno. But so we’re back to the dilemma of the noodles. I decided to substitute them with spaghetti squash and it was delicious. I threw all the soup ingredients and chicken breast in the crockpot on low in the morning before going to the gym. A few hours after I got home, I roasted the squash in the oven. It was about two hours before dinner. Once the squash was done, I let it cool a bit then forked it out of the skins (to make it spaghetti like). I added it to the crockpot to let it mingle with the soup for 30 minutes or so then had myself a lovely bowl of noodle-less soup.
This chicken noodle-less soup is a modern twist on a traditional favorite. It hearty, packed with healthy vitamins. The spaghetti squash lightly thickens the soup mimicking the noodle. This is the perfect fall or winter warm you up meal and tastes just like your Mom’s Chicken Noodle soup too. Hope you enjoy! I see the foot doctor later today. Wish me luck! Hoping for positive news.
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 cup fresh, cleaned & diced carrots
- 2 cups fresh, cleaned & diced celery
- 1 tsp basil leaves
- 2 tsp oregano
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 cups organic low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups organic vegetable broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot (except spaghetti squash) set on low
- After 6.5 hours, roast spaghetti squash at 425 degrees in the oven for 45 minutes
- Remove spaghetti squash & allow to cool 5-10 minutes, then fork spaghetti squash from skins & add to soup
- Allow spaghetti squash to combine with soup another 30 minutes
- Spoon, serve & enjoy
Do you eat chicken noodle soup when you’re sick? What other wise tales have you heard? Do you believe in them?
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