Although it’s warmer outside and soup might not sound so appealing, many of us will find ourselves suffering from allergies or the next round of viruses floating around.
I know for me personally I was knocked down hard from allergies this past week and now my son is dealing with his asthma.
So I decided it was time to bring out the big guns. Bone broth and herbs.
Bone broth is good for healing of the gut, provides natural collagen for our skin, nails, hair and joints. It also provides gelatin which helps our bones move without grinding together, it provides a cushion in between our joints.
Bone broth is overall healing for our entire body.
I added Oregano not only for taste but for its health benefits as well. Oregano is great for helping with inflammation and upper respiratory infections.
Thyme is great for treating bronchitis and sore throats.
Sage is amazing for reducing inflammation in our body and boosting the immune system.
Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C and helps to treat throat infections.
While I made this soup geared toward our upper respiratory allergies, it would be helpful with so many other ailments like the flu, digestive problems, or overall just feeling like crap.
So let’s do this and get to feeling better!
Healing Chicken Soup
A soup with real health benefits!
In a large stock pot on med-high heat, add bone broth, water, and chicken. Boil for about 20-30 minutes until chicken is done.
Take chicken out of pot and shred with a fork.
Add carrots, celery, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and sage to the stock pot and simmer for about 10 -15 minutes until carrots and celery are cooked.
Add shredded chicken back to the stock pot and squeeze half a lemon into the broth.
Stir and taste to see if you need additional salt.
You can add onion and garlic if you choose. I didn't not because they don't agree with me.
We paired the soup with a little wild rice.
Many stores are carrying bone broth now, but you can make your own very easily, see recipe here.
It’s Sunday afternoon and I am sitting on the couch watching the NBA playoffs with Ayden. We are watching Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers. He’s a die-hard Warriors fan! He knows so much about the players, he was just telling me Stephan Curry’s wife has her own restaurant and we needed to go there and eat LOL!!
Well speaking of food, I thought I should share this yummy recipe I made last week. It’s no secret that chicken is a great source of lean protein, but it can be so boring, right? This recipe is not boring, that’s for sure!!
It’s a play off my all time favorite pizza with chicken, spinach, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. These flavors just work really well with each other!! But I kicked it up a notch and added herbs from our garden into the goat cheese and instead of baking the chicken I wanted that chargrilled flavor from the grill.
It was a success!!
So…let’s get on with this recipe, shall we?
PS. Ayden is also giving me pointers he’s learning in English class 😂, apparently, when you use dots you only need three to get your point across…
Grilled Chicken Stuffed With Spinach, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Delicious and rich in flavor, no boring chicken here!
Preheat and clean grill, place heat on low to med-low setting. Our grill gets really hot so low setting works for us.
In a small bowl mix goat cheese and herbs together. In another bowl add a big a handful of spinach and set out about 16 sun-dried tomatoes (3-4 per each chicken breast).
On a cutting board take each chicken breast and cut a slit in the center of the breast with a sharp knife cutting 3/4 the way through.
Add a layer of the herbed goat cheese to the inside of the chicken breast
Add a thin layer of spinach leaves
Add 3-4 sun-dried tomatoes
Fold the chicken together being careful of keeping the insides intact and secure the ends with 3-4 toothpicks
Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic
Spray grill with oil spray unless you have a well seasoned grill
Add chicken to grill and cook for about at least 10 minutes per side. Use your judgement if you feel it should go longer.
I am so excited to share this recipe!! I have been hacking my way through different traditional recipes using yogurt and this one turned out so awesome!!
You know that want to lick the plate good?
I really love the yogurt that I use as it has really good strains of live culture probiotics and it is very mild in flavor. I use the brand White Mountain, but you can use any plain Greek yogurt if this brand is not available to you.
Soooo….. Let’s get started!
Healthy Hack - Chicken Piccata
A healthy hack on a traditional recipe! I used the brand White Mountain Bulgarian Probiotic Yogurt, but if this is not available look for a full-fat Greek Yogurt with live cultures in the ingredient label.
On a cutting board slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise (or buy thin cut breasts) and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Zest the lemon and then cut in half and set aside
On medium heat, place large pan on burner and heat olive oil, once oil is heated add in chicken, turn chicken every 5 minutes for 25 minutes until they are cooked through and nicely browned. Remove chicken from the pan.
Add in wine, capers and lemon zest. Use a spatula to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan. This will add a lot of flavor to the sauce.
Reduce wine to half the amount and turn off the heat
Add a couple of drops of lemon juice
Add in a pinch salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir to combine – taste to see if you need more seasonings.
Pairings: You could pair this dish with pasta, veggie noodles of your choice or roasted potatoes and a nice salad.
In the featured picture, we used spiralized potatoes tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, baked in the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender.