Brrrrr... It's freeeeezing! I don't know about you but me and my family have taken turns catching the flu this week and we are all feeling pretty miserable about the weather right now. Today, the heavens opened with 50mph winds just as I was getting out of the car, typical! So, feeling rather sorry for myself, I came home and cooked my favourite cold busting soup. I popped the chicken on low, put the veggies on to boil and went to watch a film. When I came back, all I had to do was blitz the veggies in a blender and add the now succulent chicken that was falling apart in my hands. BLISS.
If you're feeling under the weather, I definitely recommend this soup! Despite only having three veggies and some chicken, it has a whopping 50% of your daily recommended Vitamin C and 40% of vitamins A and B6 PER SERVING. Your immune system will thank you for it. It's also super soothing on sore throats and won't irritate fluey tummies, because it's Low FODMAP, gluten and dairy free.
I've always been interested in how humble, everyday veggies can be so good for you. If you think about it, people had strong immune systems before Acai berries came along and I think a lot of this was down to the 'meat and two veg' style of dinners that they traditionally ate, plus their general eating habits. Lunch and snacks always had an apple with them because biscuits were a luxury, they were simply too expensive to eat at the 11am break. Altogether, junk food was much more of a luxury too and it just wasn't as easy to 'grab' bad food... So in a way, I think people were forced to be healthier, to make better choices.
Take this soup for example, it basically contains carrots, parsnips, potatoes and chicken - yet look at all the vitamins one serving packs in! Superfood doesn't have to be fancy, sometimes the humble carrot can do just as much good as an expensive superfood supplement. If you'd like some more healthy, humble superfood recipes - check out my Easy and Cheap Superfood Meal Plan (please note not all of the recipes are low FODMAP, but most can be adapted).
5 Ingredient Low FODMAP Chicken Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
* Two Low Fodmap Chicken Stock Cubes such as Massel 7's
* Three medium chicken breasts
* Two medium white potatoes, skin on
* Four medium carrots
* Two large parsnips
* Three dried Bay leaves
* 2 tsp dried Thyme
* 1 tsp dried Basil
* 1 tsp dried Tarragon
* 1/2 tsp dried Dill
* Black pepper
* Wrap the chicken breasts in tin foil with the Tarragon, Thyme, Parsley and Bay Leaves
* Cook slowly at 200 degrees, for around two hours until they are soft and pull apart easily
* Finely dice the potatoes, carrots and parsnips and bring them to the boil with two stock cubes, in approximately 1 lite of water. Boil rapidly for 25 minutes
* When cooked, blend the vegetables into a thin soup, adding more water if needed
* Tear the chicken breast into small strips or chunks, and stir thoroughly into the soup
* Garnish with black pepper, chives and dill