Soup is an amazing food for healing. I love simple one-pot meals like this chicken with vegetable soup recipe because they’re easy and economical to make. You can also batch soup out without a lot of extra work so that you have leftovers to enjoy or freeze for later. I also love that you don’t have to have mad kitchen skills to make soups taste amazing.
Everything you need for a balanced meal that supports a balanced recovery is in this all-in-one dish so that you can keep the food aspect of your recovery really simple.
The bone broth
You can use homemade, or store-bought bone broth in this chicken with vegetable soup recipe. Bone broth has a complete amino acid profile, meaning that it gives the body all the raw materials it needs to build tissue and the important neurotransmitters that are associated with addiction, like serotonin and dopamine. The collagen in bone broth helps to heal and soothe the lining of the gut, which can become damaged from exposure to toxins, drugs, alcohol, junk food, coffee, sugar, and stress. Soup is also easy to digest and the nutrients are more readily available for the body to use.
Organic, free-range animal protein is an addiction recovery superfood because it contains the protein we need to keep our blood sugar stable. Chicken contains ample amounts of tryptophan, which the body uses to produce the feel-good chemical serotonin. I also love chicken as a staple for people recovering from addiction because it is easy to make and is an inexpensive option as far as protein goes.
In this chicken and vegetable soup recipe, leeks give an amazing flavor (you can sub onions if you don’t have a leek), as do the carrots, celery, potatoes, and garlic. You can also use up other veggies you have like cauliflower, green beans, or kale. Soup is a good way to use up extras so you don’t waste any food that may be in your fridge, and therefore a good way to save $$.
Eating plenty of fresh veggies is a key component of the recovery diet because it replenishes the vitamins and minerals that are lost to addiction, caffeine and tobacco use, stress, and poor diet. They also provide the fiber we need to heal the gut and balance the blood sugar. Starchy whole veggies like potatoes provide the healthy glucose our brain needs to function.
Parsley is a common kitchen herb, but it has very powerful detoxification properties. Physical detoxification as a regular practice is an important aspect of a full recovery from addiction.Print
Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe
This one-pot simple meal has everything your body needs to heal from addiction.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: soup
- Method: stove top
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 leeks
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 32 ounces chicken bone broth
- 1 pound red potatoes, chopped
- 1/2 roasted chicken. shredded
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped
- Melt the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
- Add the bay leaf, leeks, carrot, and celery. Cook the vegetables until soft (8 to 10 minutes).
- Add the garlic and sautee 2 minutes more, being careful not to burn it.
- Add the broth and chicken. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to a simmer and add the red potatoes and parsley.
- Simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
- Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
You can mulitply this recipe and then freeze it in glass containers. Stocking the freezer in this way makes eating healthy a breeze.
Keywords: gluten-free, soup, dinner