Cheap & Easy Organic Chicken Soup

Serve Eight For Under $20 a Pot

I’m on a mission this year to stock my freezer every Sunday with affordable, homemade, go-to-meals that my family can enjoy throughout the week.  And while cooking all day every Sunday is probably an overly ambitious plan, starting off with a simple one pot wonder -like soup- is the easy jump start I needed to get my plan rolling…

This Week’s Success!

It’s Monday…and I did it!  My refrigerator and freezer are both full of fresh, Homemade Chicken Soup (check out the recipe)!

Now, I know to some of you this might not seem like such a big deal.  But, as many of you know, it is near impossible to find something that every member of your family (dogs included) likes to eat.  And for us, chicken soup fits the bill!

I have to admit, most canned Chicken Soup grosses me out.   There is nothing appetizing about some bits of hormone laden chicken suspended in a broth largely flavored with MSG.  I mean, Chicken Soup is supposed to be healthy, right?  And buying it pre-made at a deli just seems like a huge waste of money.  Plus, being a bit of a control freak, I like being able to ensure the amount of salt and quality of ingredients whenever possible.  So, finally, it occurred to me that somehow in all my years of cooking everything from unpronounceable French dishes, to Indian curries and homemade challah, I had never made chicken soup!

Luckily for me, when Brandi was last in town, she set me straight about just how easy – and cheap – it is to make homemade, organic soup.  Together, we traversed a local farmer’s market and bought an organic chicken, some carrots, celery, onions and garlic.  Armed with just a few simple ingredients – and very little prep time – Brandi boiled up enough delish soup to feed 6- 8 people – for under $2 per person!  Plus, I have several servings left over to freeze and meals for the next few days!

Build on the Basics!

Brandi also came armed with some simple suggestions for gussying up her basic chicken broth – I love the idea of taking a simple, crowd pleasing recipe and adding a twist for a little variety.  Experiment with these fool proof ideas that will add an extra zing to your favorite go to winter meal!

Lentils for Texture & Iron!

Add lentils 45 minutes to an hour before the soup is done simmering for an extra protein punch!

Kale for Fiber, Vitamins & Color!

Add loads of dark leafy greens like Kale the last 5-10 minutes of cooking. – I personally love when soups have so many veggies that it’s like a soup & salad combo all in one!

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2 Responses to “Cheap & Easy Organic Chicken Soup”

  1. Lee says:

    LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sue says:

    I agree that canned and the soup mixes are way too high in sodium and just really do not taste good. The Sunday cooking thing, try adding on it. Let’s say that this Sunday is chicken for soup why not get additional chicken out and maybe put the slow cooker on and the oven too for baking. You can make 3 or more different easy things. Maybe just extra cooked chicken for barbecue chicken or making homemade chicken tenders or chicken cooked and sliced up for chicken fajitas. A lot of times if the meat portion of a recipe is already cooked and in the freezer it is easier to come up with chopped veggies or whatever else is needed to finish. Get the basics done and the every day is much easier. Have fun everyone and a great New Year

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