NUTRIFILE.com http://nutrifile.com Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:01:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Tips To Turn Chicken Leftovers Into A Delicious Soup http://nutrifile.com/1586/tips-turn-chicken-leftovers-delicious-soup.html http://nutrifile.com/1586/tips-turn-chicken-leftovers-delicious-soup.html#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:01:10 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1586 Whether you roast a chicken, purchase a rotisserie chicken, or simply have leftover grilled chicken there’s always something you can do with the leftovers. In fact, you can turn almost any chicken leftovers into a delicious soup.

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Whether you roast a chicken, purchase a rotisserie chicken, or simply have leftover grilled chicken there’s always something you can do with the leftovers. In fact, you can turn almost any chicken leftovers into a delicious soup.

Tip#1 Don’t Throw The Bones Away

Using leftover chicken carcass, chicken bones and even the skin you can make a delicious chicken stock. Simply store the remnants in a freezer safe bag or container. When you have a few pounds of extras, cook them with water, salt and pepper and vegetables of your choosing. Simmer the mixture uncovered for 4-5 hours. Strain the liquid into storage containers or use right away to make chicken soup.

Tip #2 Leftover Chicken Meat

If you have leftover chicken meat you can add that to just about any soup base for delicious chicken soup. Sauté vegetables in a pan until soft. Add your desired spices. For example, if you want traditional chicken soup you may only add salt, pepper, and a bit of sautéed garlic, onion, carrot and celery. Add chicken stock or broth, cook your noodles and then add your chopped up chicken leftovers. It’s a simple way to make a quick traditional chicken soup. If you prefer chicken chili then sauté garlic and onions. Add tomatoes, beans, and chili powder and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add your chopped chicken leftovers let cook for another 10-20 minutes and serve.

Tip #3 Rotisserie Chicken

You can use rotisserie chicken leftovers to make soup too. Just make sure to remove the skin before cooking – the skin from a rotisserie chicken is often heavily seasoned and may not pair well with your soup flavors.

Leftover rotisserie chicken is excellent for tortilla soup and for cream based soups. For tortilla soup, all you’ll need are the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb of leftover chicken diced or shredded
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 jalapeno chili, diced and seeded
  • 6 corn tortillas

To make cream based soup like cream of chicken soup you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 3/4 cups leftover chicken, diced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish

Like most soup recipes you start by sautéing the onion, then add the vegetables and begin to add the broth, herbs, chicken and remaining ingredients. Let simmer for 30-45 minutes. While the ingredient list for cream of chicken soup is lengthy, it actually takes less than an hour to prepare and cook.  It’s quite easy. And the tortilla soup takes mere minutes to pull together.

If you cook a whole chicken, or two, on the weekends you can enjoy leftovers throughout the week. Try one of these chicken soup options the next time you have chicken leftovers.

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Is Chicken Soup Really Good For a Cold and Other Chicken Soup Myths http://nutrifile.com/1584/chicken-soup-really-good-cold-chicken-soup-myths.html http://nutrifile.com/1584/chicken-soup-really-good-cold-chicken-soup-myths.html#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:53:15 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1584 Is Chicken Soup Really Good For a Cold and Other Chicken Soup Myths

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For decades, chicken soup has been the “go to” food when someone has a cold. Grandma, and perhaps your great grandma, believed that it cured a cold. Does it? Let’s take a look at the myth that chicken soup cures a cold, and a few other chicken soup myths.

Does Chicken Soup Cure a Cold?

The unfortunate truth is that no study has proven that chicken soup is actually good for a cold. That being said, there are many reasons why chicken soup may make you feel better if you have a cold.

#1 Colds Dehydrate You – Chicken soup contains a large amount of liquid. When you eat it, you’re helping your body to rehydrate, which can instantly help you feel better. Cold medications that include antihistamines and decongestants dehydrate you. They pull fluid from your cells. So eating chicken soup helps to get more fluids into your body.

#2 The Ingredients Fight Inflammation – According to WebMD and other medical experts, the ingredients in chicken soup, including the fat in the chicken and broth, can help reduce inflammation. This may make your sinuses, throat, and even your chest feel relief. It also helps your body fight the virus more effectively.

#3 Heat is Good – The steam from a hot bowl of chicken soup can help clear your nasal passages. Additionally, the warm broth can soothe an achy throat.

Finally, chicken soup is packed with healthy ingredients which can help strengthen your immune system and give your body the energy it needs to feel better. And the bottom line is if chicken soup is comforting, then it’s certainly a good food to eat when you’re feeling sick.

Myth – Chicken Soup is Too High in Sodium to Be Healthy

Is this true? Well, the answer is that it depends. Many store bought chicken soups, including canned chicken noodle soup and cream of chicken soup, are very high in sodium. A serving of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup contains 890mg of sodium. The RDA is 2,300mg. That’s more than 25% of your RDA in one cup of soup (and nearly 100% of the RDA if you eat the entire can). And if you’re sodium sensitive that recommended daily amount drops to 1500mg. Buying low sodium soup can help. Campbell’s Healthy Request chicken noodle soup contains 410mg of sodium per serving.

If you make chicken soup at home, you can control the amount of sodium in your soup by using low sodium chicken broth. Perk up the flavor by adding a variety of vegetables and seasonings.

Myth – If You Eat Only Chicken Soup You’ll Lose Weight

In many cases if you only eat one thing for several days, you’ll lose weight. However, there’s really no bearing for this myth. It depends on how much soup you eat and how many calories you burn each day. Chicken soup is delicious to be sure, but probably not something you want to eat all day, every day for several weeks.

Chicken soup is popular and the myths will prevail. Use common sense to determine what you believe and why and enjoy your chicken soup!

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole http://nutrifile.com/1740/creamy-chicken-wild-rice-casserole.html http://nutrifile.com/1740/creamy-chicken-wild-rice-casserole.html#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:43:56 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1740 Instructions Melt butter over medium heat and saute onion until translucent. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir in flour until no lumps remain and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Slowly add in white wine and chicken broth, whisking to combine. Add in dry mustard, parsley, and poultry seasonings. Cook sauce until thickened and then set aside. Layer in a large 10×13 pan your cooked chicken, rice, broccoli, baby carrots, and sauce. Stir in half of the cheeses into the mixture, and then top the casserole with the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until it is bubbly and heated through.

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Instructions

  1. Melt butter over medium heat and saute onion until translucent. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir in flour until no lumps remain and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Slowly add in white wine and chicken broth, whisking to combine. Add in dry mustard, parsley, and poultry seasonings. Cook sauce until thickened and then set aside.
  3. Layer in a large 10×13 pan your cooked chicken, rice, broccoli, baby carrots, and sauce. Stir in half of the cheeses into the mixture, and then top the casserole with the rest of the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until it is bubbly and heated through.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Serves 4-6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 50 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Easter

Ingredients

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cooked, seasoned, and cubed
  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1-2 cup cooked basmati rice
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups colby jack, shredded

Directions

Step 1
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-1
Begin this recipe by baking 3 large chicken breasts seasoned lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a 325 degree oven until they are cooked through. The time this will take depends heavily on how thick your chicken breast is, so check often and remove as soon as the pink is gone.
Step 2
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-2
While the chicken is cooking, dice up half an onion and sauté it over medium heat with 3/4 of a stick of butter.
Step 3
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-3
Add in 1 tablespoon of finely diced garlic and saute for 1 minute. After the onions are soft and translucent, sprinkle 1/2 a cup of all-purpose flour into the pan and whisk until the lumps are gone.
Step 4
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-4
Cook this, stirring frequently, over low heat for 3-4 minutes. Next slowly stir in the white wine, chicken broth, and herbs. Cook until thickened and then remove from heat and set aside.
Step 5
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-5
Dice your cooked chicken and layer it into your casserole dish.
Step 6
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-6
Add in the broccoli, cooked white rice, cooked wild rice, and carrots.
Step 7
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-7
Pour the cream sauce in.
Step 8
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Casserole Plain-8
Stir in half of the cheese, and sprinkle the rest on the top. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until everything is melted and bubbly and delicious.

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7 Ideas to Spice up Your Traditional Chicken Soup http://nutrifile.com/1582/7-ideas-spice-traditional-chicken-soup.html http://nutrifile.com/1582/7-ideas-spice-traditional-chicken-soup.html#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:50:52 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1582 First, let’s start by saying that traditional chicken soup is perfect and delicious. A traditional chicken soup recipe passed down by your grandparents and great grandparents probably doesn’t need fixing. However, it’s okay to play with a recipe by adding ingredients that spice it up and make it more interesting. Have fun with your chicken soup with these delicious ideas.

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First, let’s start by saying that traditional chicken soup is perfect and delicious. A traditional chicken soup recipe passed down by your grandparents and great grandparents probably doesn’t need fixing. However, it’s okay to play with a recipe by adding ingredients that spice it up and make it more interesting. Have fun with your chicken soup with these delicious ideas.

#1 Garlic

Surprisingly, many traditional chicken soup recipes leave out this tasty, and healthy, ingredient. When you’re making chicken soup at home, Add teaspoon of garlic powder or a few crushed garlic cloves to your broth before you add the chicken, vegetables, and noodles. It will add a nice kick to your soup, and garlic is great for boosting your immune system and lowering blood pressure.

#2 Lemon Pepper Seasoning

For a different twist on chicken soup add a teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning. It gives your soup a kick and is great with egg noodles. It clears out your sinuses too. You can add both the lemon pepper and some garlic for a spicy combination.

#3 Old Bay Seasoning

If you like Cajun flavors then consider adding one and a half tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning to your traditional chicken soup recipe. Then taste to see if you want to add more – one and a half tablespoons is a good starting point. If you like your soup extra flavorful then gradually add more and re-taste until you find the amount that works for you.

#4 Herbs Galore

If you have access to fresh herbs you can add a powerful flavor punch to your traditional soup recipe. Try adding fresh:

  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

Add the herbs to the broth and let simmer for an hour before adding the remainder of your ingredients.

#5 Root Vegetables

Another way, albeit a milder one, is to add root vegetables to your traditional chicken soup. Consider adding parsnips, sweet potatoes, or fennel to your soup recipe. This is a great way to kick you chicken soup up a notch during the winter when these vegetables are readily available.

#6 Onions, Leeks, and Ramps

Onions are part of many traditional soup recipes. However, leeks and wild garlic (or ramps) add a nice touch to spring chicken soups. Start small. Add one leek or a few ramps to test the flavor. You can always add more the next time you cook.

#7 Mexican Chicken Soup

If you love Mexican flavors consider adding:

  • Jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander seed
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves tossed on top of the soup as a garnish.

Adjust the heat level to your liking. You may want to start with two jalapenos, a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of coriander.

It just takes a little imagination and a desire to branch out. You can turn your traditional chicken soup recipe into a spicy household favorite.

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Home churned butter http://nutrifile.com/1700/home-churned-butter.html http://nutrifile.com/1700/home-churned-butter.html#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:40:02 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1700 There really isn’t anything easier to make than butter. You cannot screw this up. Cannot. How much more impressive will it be for your guests if you not only pull out some freshly baked dinner rolls, but also whip our your home churned butter as well? Come on. Ridiculous. Butter!  Home churned butter to compliment your home baked rolls or anything else that can be improved by some butter. So pretty much anything.       Instructions 1. Place cream in mixer. Turn mixer on. Let mix until butter forms. 2. Drain buttermilk from butter and rinse butter under cold water. Knead in salt if desired. Keep in fridge.  

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There really isn’t anything easier to make than butter. You cannot screw this up. Cannot. How much more impressive will it be for your guests if you not only pull out some freshly baked dinner rolls, but also whip our your home churned butter as well?

Come on. Ridiculous.

Home churned butter

Home churned butter

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Condiment, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party

Ingredients

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • salt (optional)

Directions

Step 1
butter1
Take some cream. You’ll want about 3 cups to make 1 cup of butter. Put it into your mixer. Turn your mixer on.
Step 2
butter2
Let your mixer run. Soon you’ll have whipped cream.
Step 3
butter3
Keep mixing. In a few minutes you will start to see the whipped cream thicken more and change color.
Step 4
butter4
Keep going! You are almost there.
Step 5
butter5
SOON after this, things will get a bit messy. If you have a cover for your mixer, use it, or you will get splashed! Its amazing what happens here. Just keep mixing. When you see your beautifully yellow butter clumping together in the mixer you are done!
Step 6
butter6
You will want to drain the buttermilk from the butter, gather the butter together into a ball, and squeeze it out. Then...you want to rinse it out under some cold water to make sure you get ALL of that buttermilk out of there. If you don’t, it can spoil fairly quickly.
Step 7
After you’ve drained and rinsed your butter, if you’d like you can knead some salt into it. This also helps preserve it.

For store bought butter I’m generally a “keep it on the counter” kind of person. For home churned butter, I’m not. I keep it in the fridge until about a half hour before I’m going to use it. Then I take it out and let it soften.

Butter!

 Home churned butter to compliment your home baked rolls or anything else that can be improved by some butter. So pretty much anything. :)

 

 

 

Instructions

1. Place cream in mixer. Turn mixer on. Let mix until butter forms.

2. Drain buttermilk from butter and rinse butter under cold water. Knead in salt if desired. Keep in fridge.

 

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Hungarian Beef Stew http://nutrifile.com/1656/hungarian-beef-stew.html http://nutrifile.com/1656/hungarian-beef-stew.html#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:10:19 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1656 There is not much more comforting food than a big bowl of hearty beef stew. This recipe is simple, straightforward, yet so satisfying. The next time you need a little warm up, throw this on the stove or in your crock pot for a delicious meal that cannot be beat.   Instructions Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powder in a small bowl. Toss the stew meat in the seasoned flour to lightly coat. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add meat and brown on all sides. Remove to baking dish and pour red wine on top. Place sliced onion in dish and bake for 1-2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the wine is reduced. Place beef broth, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, and potatoes into a large stock pot. Bring to a simmer. Add roasted meat/onion/wine mixture, and stir well. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve immediately with fresh buttered bread.  

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There is not much more comforting food than a big bowl of hearty beef stew. This recipe is simple, straightforward, yet so satisfying. The next time you need a little warm up, throw this on the stove or in your crock pot for a delicious meal that cannot be beat.

hungarianbeefstew

Beef Stew

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 2 hours
Total time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Main Dish, Soup
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region European
There is not much more comforting food than a big bowl of hearty beef stew. This recipe is simple, straightforward, yet so satisfying. The next time you need a little warm up, throw this on the stove or in your crock pot for a delicious meal that cannot be beat.

Ingredients

  • 1lb beef stew meat
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 large potato, diced

Directions

Step 1
Beef Stew Plain-1
Take one pound of stew meat, toss lightly in seasoned flour, and then brown well over medium-high heat.
Step 2
Beef Stew Plain-2
Next pour the browned meat, 1 cup of dry red wine, and a sliced onion into an oven-safe dish and place into a 275 degree oven for 1 hour.
Step 3
Beef Stew Plain-3
While the meat is roasting, place 6 cups of beef broth, some sliced carrots, peas, chunked potatoes, beans, and a can of stewed tomatoes into a medium to large stock pot. Heat to a slow simmer, and stir frequently.
Step 4
Beef Stew Plain-4
When the meat comes out of the oven, pour all the contents into your stew, stir well, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately with some fresh buttered bread.

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powder in a small bowl. Toss the stew meat in the seasoned flour to lightly coat.
  3. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add meat and brown on all sides. Remove to baking dish and pour red wine on top. Place sliced onion in dish and bake for 1-2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the wine is reduced.
  4. Place beef broth, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, and potatoes into a large stock pot. Bring to a simmer. Add roasted meat/onion/wine mixture, and stir well. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve immediately with fresh buttered bread.

 

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How To Add Flavor And Nutrients To Your Traditional Chicken Soup Recipe http://nutrifile.com/1580/add-flavor-nutrients-traditional-chicken-soup-recipe.html http://nutrifile.com/1580/add-flavor-nutrients-traditional-chicken-soup-recipe.html#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:44:27 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1580 How To Add Flavor And Nutrients To Your Traditional Chicken Soup Recipe

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Chicken soup is a healthy and tasty meal. However, with a little effort you can add nutrients and flavor to your favorite traditional chicken soup recipe. These simple tips will help you make big changes.

Root Vegetables to Add to Your Soup

Most traditional chicken soup recipes contain celery, carrots, and onions. You can amplify the nutritional value of your bowl of soup by adding a few root vegetables. Consider adding:

  • Turnips – Turnips provide vitamins C, B6, and E, as well as riboflavin, fiber, folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, and copper. They also offer thiamine, potassium, niacin, and magnesium.
  • Parsnips – Parsnips provide a good source of vitamins C, B6 and E, as well as fiber, folic acid, pantothenic acid, copper, and manganese.  They also offer a very good source of niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Sweet potatoes or yams – Yams have manganese, potassium and fiber. They are also a good source of vitamins B1, B6, and C.
  • Radishes – Radishes provide vitamin C and are also a good source of calcium.

Vegetables to Add to Your Soup

In addition to the traditional carrots and celery, both of which are very healthy, you can add other vegetables. Doing so adds flavor and increases the nutritional value of each spoonful. Consider adding:

  • Red or green peppers – Peppers provide vitamin B6, C, and K, beta-carotene, thiamine, and folic acid.
  • Leeks and Ramps – Leeks, garlic and onions are a good source fiber, folic acid, vitamins B6 and C, manganese, and iron.
  • Mushrooms – mushrooms provide copper, potassium, zinc, and selenium. They also provide an abundance of B vitamins.
  • Spinach – Spinach contains myriad vitamins and nutrients including vitamins C, K, B1, B6, and E as well as folic acid, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
  • Kale – Kale provides an excellent source of vitamins B6, B1, B2, E, and C, as well as manganese fiber, iron, copper, and calcium.
  • Cabbage – Cabbage provides vitamin C and B6 as well as folic acid, potassium, calcium, biotin, magnesium, and manganese.
  • Collards – Collard greens are said to have anti-cancer properties. They’re packed with vitamin C, B1, B2 and E and are a very good source of fiber, and several minerals, including iron, copper, and calcium.
  • Fennel – Fennel provides an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.  It’s a good source of folic acid, phosphorous, iron, calcium, magnesium, molybdenum, and manganese.

Spices

Some spices have a healing effect on the body. For example, ginger can be a digestive aid. Consider adding the following spices to your soup to increase the healing properties:

  • Dill – Dill has antibacterial properties and can help settle an upset stomach.
  • Cumin – Cumin has been used as a diuretic and to treat digestive problems.
  • Ginger – Ginger offers a wide range of nutritional and health benefits including lowering cholesterol levels and easing nausea.

Start with one or two ingredients and experiment with a variety of flavors. Traditional chicken soup is healthy and nutritious but a few simple additions can boost its health impact.

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Why Is Chicken Soup So Healthy? http://nutrifile.com/1619/chicken-soup-healthy.html http://nutrifile.com/1619/chicken-soup-healthy.html#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:34:29 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1619 Why Is Chicken Soup So Healthy?

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You’ve no doubt heard that chicken soup is good for you. In fact, you may have heard that it cures the common cold. But what you may not know is why chicken soup is so healthy. Let’s take a look at the various components of chicken soup and how they impact your health and wellbeing.

Chicken Soup Clears Your Sinuses

Studies have shown that chicken soup helps to clear your sinuses. The steam fills your sinus cavity so you can breathe more easily. It actually works much better than steam from hot water or tea.

Chicken Soup May Help You Detoxify

In addition to flushing out your body’s tissues, the ingredients in chicken soup may be natural detoxifiers. And the fluid in the soup (the broth) helps you stay hydrated. When you’re well hydrated your cells can perform at their best. They can fight off the invading antibodies and help you get healthy fast.

Throat Health

Chicken soup has disinfecting properties. Have you ever been told to gargle warm salt water to soothe a sore throat? Eating warm chicken soup can accomplish the same effects. The sodium in the chicken soup fights bacteria and can make your sore throat feel better.

Immune Boosting and Lung Clearing Properties

Protein is the basic building block of your cells. Chicken soup contains chicken, which is packed with protein. It can strengthen your immune system giving you more energy to fight your virus and get over your cold more quickly.

Chicken also contains cysteine, which is an amino acid. This amino acid is essential for many cellular functions and it is believed to help thin mucus in your lungs. So when you have a chest cold, the chicken in your chicken soup may help you clear your lungs.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is said to be good at helping you get over a cold more quickly and it’s often taken to prevent a cold. Carrots and celery, two vegetables commonly found in chicken soup, are high in vitamin C.

Anti-Oxidants and Anti-Inflammatories

Onions, garlic, and leeks – three common chicken soup ingredients – all have anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation leads to aggravation at the cellular level. Reducing inflammation helps your body heal more quickly and feel better. And the polyacetylene in celery is also an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce inflammation in people who have asthma and bronchitis.

Regulating Body Temperature

During the winter months when colds frequently happen, it’s nice to have a warm bowl of chicken soup to make you feel cozy and comfortable. However, chicken soup may help regulate your body temperature too. Celery has been used as an ingredient to help normalize body temperature. If you have a fever, eating chicken soup with celery may help bring your fever down.

In addition to just making you feel better, chicken soup is actually good for you. It’s hydrating. It is packed with powerful nutrients, and many of the ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that may make you heal more quickly. Don’t wait until you have a cold to enjoy chicken soup. Eat it today and ward off any pending viruses.

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Chicken Broth, Chicken Stock, Consommé and Bouillon – What’s The Difference? http://nutrifile.com/1617/chicken-broth-chicken-stock-consomme-bouillon-whats-difference.html http://nutrifile.com/1617/chicken-broth-chicken-stock-consomme-bouillon-whats-difference.html#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:31:53 +0000 http://nutrifile.com/?p=1617 You’re happily working through a chicken soup recipe. You’ve chopped, diced, and even cooked your chicken in advance. You get to the point in the recipe where it calls for chicken stock and panic.

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You’re happily working through a chicken soup recipe. You’ve chopped, diced, and even cooked your chicken in advance. You get to the point in the recipe where it calls for chicken stock and panic. You don’t have chicken stock, but you have broth and bouillon. Will they work as a substitute? What’s the difference?

Let’s take a look at the difference between stock, broth, consommé and bouillon as well as a few tips on how to make them yourself.

Chicken Broth

Chicken broth is the leftover ingredient from cooking. For example, if you cook a chicken the drippings and juices in the pan are the broth. However, if you’re buying it at the store, rather than making it yourself, then broth is generally made from the meat. It has a milder flavor than chicken stock. If you’re using chicken broth to make your soup, make sure to add a lot of other flavors like onions, garlic, spices and herbs.

If you’re making broth yourself, you boil the chicken meat in water. It doesn’t generally need to be boiled as long as chicken stock because you don’t have to pull the flavor from the bones. However, you also may not want to keep the meat from the broth because it’ll be dry and flavorless.

Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is made from cooking chicken bones and the less tasty parts of the chicken. You can use the neck, giblets, and even the feet. Chicken stock also involves cooking vegetables with the chicken parts. It cooks for quite a long time. You can cook chicken stock for five to six hours. Chicken stock is quite flavorful. You can eat it by itself. It’s a better base for soup. The next time you roast a chicken, keep the bones, skin, and undesirable parts. Put them in a freezer bag and collect them until you have enough to make stock.

Chicken Bouillon

Chicken bouillon is the French term for chicken broth. However, you can also buy bouillon at the local supermarket. It often comes in cubes or a scoopable powder. If you’ve ever tasted bouillon then you know that it’s usually quite salty. It’s made by dehydrating vegetables, meat stock, a little bit of fat and a lot of salt and seasonings and shaping it all into a small cube. Whenever you dehydrate something the flavors are intensified. It’s a great substitute for stock if you don’t have any at home. Just take care to taste your soup before you add any salt, pepper, or other seasonings.

Chicken Consommé

Chicken consommé is a refined chicken stock. You make the stock strain it to remove any debris and continue cooking. Consommé is a clarified and concentrated stock. To make consommé you add ground chicken meat and vegetables to stock (instead of water), and cooking it for several hours. It takes a lot of meat to make a very small amount of consommé. However, the result is delicious and is often enjoyed alone without any additional ingredients.

So the next time you’re making chicken soup and you don’t have any chicken stock, don’t fret. You can use chicken bouillon, stock or consommé as a substitute. Simply make sure to taste the soup as you go. You may need to add spices or water to adjust the flavors to your liking.

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Chicken soup has a time and a place. However, sometimes your taste buds crave something a little different. Try these chicken soup inspired recipes.

 

Chicken Chili

  • 3 chopped yellow onions
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 4 bell peppers, red and yellow or green
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Step One: Cook the onions in the olive oil until soft. Add the garlic, peppers, and spices.

Step Two: Add the tomatoes and basil leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for thirty minutes.

Step Three: Preheat oven to 350. Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes or until done. Let cool. Remove and discard bone and skin, chop cooked chicken into bite sized pieces and add to chili. Let simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite garnishes like cheese, scallions, or sour cream.

Thai Chicken Soup

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (3-inch) stalk lemongrass, halved lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek or chili paste
  • 3 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups light coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

Step One: Heat oil in large sauté pan and add mushrooms, peppers, ginger, garlic and lemon grass. Cook approximately three minutes.

Step Two: Add chili paste and cook another minute.

Step Three: Add chicken broth through sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.

Step Four: Add chicken and cook for another minute. Serve garnished with scallions, cilantro, and lime juice if desired.

Chicken and White Bean Soup

  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato, about 2 or 3 tomatoes.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step One: Cook bacon and remove from pan.

Step Two: Cook chicken in bacon drippings.

Step Three: Remove chicken from pan. Add onion and garlic to pan and sauté until soft.

Step Four: Add tomato and oregano, combine. Add bacon and chicken.

Step Five: Add water and broth to chicken mixture and bring to a boil.

Step Six: Add orzo and cook for approximately 7-9 minutes, until pasta is firm but done.

Step Seven: Add beans and let simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve and enjoy.

 

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