there’s a first time for everything

homemade chicken soup

Yesterday afternoon I tried something new, super weird and kind of gross. I made homemade chicken broth… from the chicken I cooked on Thanksgiving. I know this isn’t a weird thing to do, but it was weird for me A) because I’d never done it before and B) because I’m becoming more and more uncomfortable with eating meat. I don’t eat it often, but definitely cannot call myself a vegetarian either. I don’t cook it much, but when I do I’ve resolved to try to be more mindful of the quality and amount etc. SO. Thanksgiving happened at my place this year and therefore at the end of the night there was a big, weird, mostly eaten chicken left over. Which could have gone in the garbage, yes, but that wouldn’t be very mindful now would it?

So instead, with some helpful advice from my mom and sister, the rest of the chicken went into my freezer to be made into soup another day. Yesterday afternoon, I pulled the frozen thing out of my freezer, stuck it in a big pot full of water and boiled it for hours (like, five) to make chicken stock, which is really good for you for all these gross reasons I don’t want to talk about – but you can read all about here and here if you want.

Once it was boiled, I pulled the good meat off of the bones, put that aside and strained the stock into another pot. Then I made my favourite, super simple chicken soup.


  • Chicken stock (homemade or from a tetra pack or bouillon cube, etc)
  • Chicken – I used the leftover chicken meat from the bones, if I don’t have this, I just use chicken breasts (they’re less icky/less fatty than chicken thighs)
  • Medium size onion (chopped)
  • Clove or two of garlic (chopped or crushed)
  • Celery (4 or 5 stalks, chopped)
  • Carrots (3 or 4 chopped)
  • Salt & Pepper

Normally I follow this recipe, sautéing the onion/garlic/veggies etc, but this time I just threw all the ingredients into the stock and let it simmer for another hour or so. Voila, super tasty, super nutritious soup! Perfect for a fall day and a great compliment to all the brutal, sugary Halloween candy I’ll be eating all week long until it’s gone :)


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