As my journey continues in nutrition, I am working on becoming an Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach. The learning never stops around here! Well, one of the text books written by Mickey Trescott, NTP and Angie Alt, NTC, CHC titled The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook: A DIY Guide to Living Well with Chronic Illness is everything that you could possibly imagine and, believe me, you’re going to need this reference manual alongside every step you take on your autoimmune journey for better health.
Today starts my journey to the Autoimmune Protocol, the elimination phase. I meal prepped yesterday for this week. This morning I ate soup, which isn't all that unusual for me because I normally eat leftovers for breakfast. The soup was amazing cold! I encourage you to try it.
RECIPE FROM THE BOOK:
Green Breakfast Soup
– from The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook
1 large, whole pastured chicken (5-6 pounds)
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp sea salt + more to taste
2 tbsp solid cooking fat
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup peeled and minced fresh ginger (3-4 inch pieces)
2 large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1+1/2 inch chunks (about 6 cups)
2 large zucchini, chopped into 1+1/2 inch chunks (about 2 cups)
1 bunch swiss chard, stems and leaves divided and chopped
2 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onions (ends removed), thinly sliced, for serving
1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving
Begin by cleaning the chicken. Place it in a large stockpot. If it doesn’t fit, you will need to cut it into halves or quarters (kitchen shears will help here – start by cutting up one side of the backbone).
Add the bay leaf, vinegar and 1 tbsp sea salt. Fill the pot with cold water until the chicken is just covered. Bring to a boil, and then cover tightly and lower the heat to a bare simmer. Cook until the meat is tender and falling off the bone, 60-90 minutes – the lower the simmer, the more tender the chicken will come out. Skim the surface of the broth to remove any scum that may appear during cooking. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. Pour the broth through a fine-mesh strainer, being careful to save the broth in another pot! Discard the bay leaf.
Place the empty pot back on the stove, add the solid cooking fat, and turn the heat to medium. When the fat has melted and the pan is hot, add the onions and cook, stirring, for 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for another few minutes, until fragrant. While the onions are cooking, remove the meat from the chicken carcass, shred it with two forks (CAUTION: hot!), and set it aside in a bowl. Keep the bones to add to your next batch of Bone Broth.
Add the sweet potatoes and broth back to the pot, bring to a boil, and then cover and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the zucchini, chard stems, and mushrooms, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the the vegetables are tender. Turn off the heat and stir in the chard leaves.
Carefully transfer half of the soup to a blender, blend for 30 seconds, and transfer back to the pot. Alternately, you could use an immersion blender to blend about half of the vegetables. (CAUTION: Make sure you have a blender that can handle hot liquid, and make sure to use a towel above the lid to protect your hands from getting burned.) Return the blended liquid to the soup pot, with the chicken. Add salt to taste.
Serve each bowl garnished with green onions and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.