Monday, March 18, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen - Homemade Chicken Soup

I join forces with my good friend Carrie @YoungLivingOilLady each week
to bring you this family friendly recipe link up. It is our desire to encourage
families to cook and eat together. Meals cooked at home are healthier, and time
spent together in the kitchen is good for families!

We use Cooking 101 as part of our family homeschool. I’m teaching the boys to
put together healthy family meals, life skills, and budgeting, as well as teaching them tips for cooking in the kitchen. We encourage real food vs. processed food. Let’s bring the family, back to the table!

This week: 

We use fresh veggies like celery, carrots, onions, and potato. It's not as difficult as it may think to have children help with preparing these items. With a little prep - they can be chopping away in no time. 

I cut the ends off of the celery and throw them into the pot with the chicken to boil for a tasty broth. 
I also cut off the ends of the onion, peel it, and slice the onion into several pieces for the children to chop. 
I show them what size I want them with a few samples of each veggie and they take it from there. We leave the peel on the potato and are sure to wash them carefully. Again, with the larger veggies, I slice them into smaller pieces for the kids to work with. The boys use regular table knives or the slap chopper to chop the vegetables. 

The boys use regular table knives or the slap chopper to chop the vegetables. Even though they aren't using sharp knives, it is still important to supervise closely. I teach the boys that all knives can cut you. It's great practice for the real thing and works like a charm. Teaching kitchen safety is an important part of our lessons.

We slow cook the chicken and celery to get a rich broth. Then we drain the liquid and remove the chicken to cool on a plate. The celery leaves and ends of the stalk are discarded. We add the freshly chopped onions, celery and carrots back into our broth to cook until soft. Season with red pepper flakes. We add a touch of sea salt just before serving. 

Most of the nutrition in homemade chicken soup comes from boiling the chicken bones. 
You get: 
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Trace minerals
  • Collagen
  • Gelatin
  • Glycine

Eating homemade chicken soup has many health benefits including:

  • Aids in digestion 
  • Boosts immune system 
  • Can improve joint pain
Join us by linking up your favorite family recipes! Grab a button from below, on my side bar, or use a text link back to Adventurez. Please visit another participant or more to help encourage each other. I’ll be visiting and Pinning away on our Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest board here. It’s a wonderful resource for finding yummy recipes the whole family will love. Enjoy your time in the kitchen this week!

I'm linking with these fine blogs: Comfy in the Kitchen  Shrinking Kitchen Titus 2 Tues

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