Officially Autumn Soup

We've had a late start to autumn this year, and despite it being october, I'm not seeing many brown leaves. That said, it is wet and windy today, so the perfect time to bring out soup for lunch.

It's more of a broth really, but when I mentioned bone broth to a friend yesterday his response was 'that sounds like something the BFG would eat', so if you are unsure about making bone broths or stock, may I recommend you >click here< for more information.

Doesn't that look great? It's kid friendly too and packed with ingredients that are really good for you, so here goes:

4 cups of chicken broth and any leftover chicken from the pot
4 peeled and chopped carrots
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 onions, chopped
200g shiitake mushrooms
large bunch of corriander
a few leaves of basil
1 avocado
4 tbsp coconut oil

1. Fry the carrots, onions and garlic in the coconut oil.
2. Add the chicken broth and chicken and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Stir in chopped mushrooms and fresh herbs at the very last minute, top with avocado and serve.

So why is it so healthy?

The bone broth in itself is full of trace minerals and gelatin which are super helpful and the coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral (good for the sniffles which are going around). 

Garlic and onions both help fight congestion, coughs and colds, which are rife in schools in the autumn term; and also contain lots of vitamin B6 as well as helping regulate blood sugar.

Shiitake mushrooms are among those mushrooms which are considered 'medicinal', having been proven to prevent cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, by preventing adhesions in the blood vessels (good news for me!); they are also full of B vitamins and bio-available iron (plenty of vegetables boast a high iron content, but it's no good if our bodies can't process it!).

Fresh herbs, particularly corriander are know for their chelating properties and avocados are full of healthy fats as well as just being delicious.

So what are you waiting for? Go forth and make soup!


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