Nourishing, Real Food Chicken Soup (from a whole chicken)

This nourishing, real food chicken soup is fun because it practically makes itself. Enjoy the benefits of a gelatin-rich stock and nutrient-dense veggies in this easy recipe.

This nourishing, real food chicken soup is fun because it practically makes itself. Enjoy the benefits of a gelatin-rich stock and nutrient-dense veggies in this easy recipe.

(Please sing this to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme song. )

Here’s the story of a frazzled mommy

who bought an organic chicken from the store

but she couldn’t stand the thought, of the crockpot

cooked chicken – what a bore.

Here’s the story of a frazzled mommy

whose grocery budget was never quite enough,

could she make this chicken last, for 6 meals?

She knew that it’d be tough.

Till the one day that this momma found her stock pot

and she knew, just what she had to do

She’d throw that chicken in, with some water,

and then she’d let it stew.

She’d let it stew, she’d let it stew,

and that’s the way that she made her chicken soup!

And that my friends, is a true story.  I could go on and talk about how nourishing this soup is because of the gelatin rich broth, but I already wrote about that here and here.  I could talk about how chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food, but in our family it’s actually my grandma’s mac ‘n cheese recipe.  I could talk about how I stretch this chicken so that I don’t have to stretch my budget.  But I’m not going to.


 Instead, I’m just going to let this recipe speak for itself.

Happy cooking, my friends!

Nourishing, Real Food Chicken Soup
This nourishing, real food chicken soup is fun because it practically makes itself. Enjoy the benefits of a gelatin-rich stock and nutrient-dense veggies in this easy recipe.

Nourishing, Real Food Chicken Soup (from a whole chicken)
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This nourishing, real food chicken soup recipe utilizes the whole chicken and is a tasty way to nourish the bodies of those you love.
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 whole chicken (4-6 lbs)
  • 8 cups broth (from poaching above chicken)
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced + 4 more cut into thirds
  • 1 onion quartered + 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced (although we usually do 8 cloves because we LOVE garlic)
  • 4 celery stalks sliced into ¼ inch pieces + 2 more chopped into thirds
  • 4-6 small potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup peas
  • pepper
  • unrefined sea salt
  • ½ cup quinoa (optional)
  1. Place chicken in a large stock pot and toss in the four carrots and celery stocks that are chopped into thirds and the quartered onion.
  2. Fill pot with filtered water until the chicken is just covered.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once the pot is boiling, skim the foam off the top, then reduce heat and cover.
  5. Let the chicken simmer for about 90 minutes.
  6. Once it is cooked, remove the chicken from the stock pot and let it cool down a couple of minutes before removing all the meat from the carcass.
  7. Discard the cooked veggies in the pot, they have served their purpose.
  8. Now for the fun part. Take about 8 cups of the leftover broth and put it in a large pot with ⅓ of the shredded chicken.
  9. Add the diced onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes. If you are using quinoa, now is the time to add that as well.
  10. Let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
  11. Add the peas and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  13. Enjoy.
  14. (P.S. remember you still have ⅔ of the shredded meat left to use in future meals. This soup is like the gift that keeps on giving!


There’s Poop in Your Brownies – the inconvenient truth about sin

Does a bunch of good make up for a little bit of bad? Would you eat very good brownies with just a little bit of poop in them? Why we need to #defundplannedparenthood.
There's poop in your brownies...but you've come to accept it.  Why we should #defundplannedparenthood even if they do some good.Imagine I’m pulling a freshly baked pan of brownies out of the oven.  The sweet, warm smell of cocoa and steam wafts through the kitchen.  I am proud of these brownies.  They are only made of the very best ingredients:  Organic, fresh ground wheat (of the ancient variety), pastured eggs and butter, fair-trade, organic cocoa, pure, non-gmo cane sugar, and just a pinch of fresh poop.

“Fresh poop?” you ask.

Why yes, it’s just a little…you won’t even notice. It makes up such a small part of the brownies that it’s really no big deal. After all, the rest of the ingredients are so pure and wonderful! 

Do you eat it?

My dad asked me this question when I was 13 and wanted to see a movie that had some inappropriate parts.  I was not amused at the time.  But there’s wisdom there.  

Does a lot of good make up for a little bit of bad?  Can we turn a blind eye to something bad, in the name of all the good it does? 

Ya’ll, there’s poop in our brownies and most people just don’t care.

What is the poop?  It’s sin. Ugly, nasty, gaping sin.

“But what is it doing in my brownies?” you ask.

Well I’m glad you asked.  I’m not really sure. I mean poop has always been around, but  somewhere along the way we just started to accept it, and now it’s just a regular part of the recipe.  When you offer it to friends and tell them what’s in it, you even get offended if they refuse to eat it.

“Psshhhh, what stuck-up foodies!  Everyone knows that poop is not bad for us, you’re an extremist if you are still refusing to eat poop. Besides, it’s such a small part of the recipe it really shouldn’t matter. Get a grip on it and join the 21st century. “

Some people won’t even acknowledge it’s poop and will go to extremes to justify its use.

“It’s not poop, it’s a by-product of simple digestion. We’re actually saving the world by eating it.  What a shame to leave all that poop to just rot in the sewer. In fact, if you don’t eat poop, then you must hate the world.”

It’s time to stop eating the brownies.  I know it’s hard when everyone else is doing it.  But you can make your own poopless brownies.  You may be ridiculed for it.  You may be called an extremist or even a hater of all brownie eaters.

But we need to call it like it is:

  • Truth is truth and sin is sin.
  • Abortion is murder. Murder is a sin.
  • There is love and forgiveness and mercy and grace for people who have had abortions and for people who have performed abortions. Jesus already paid the price for that sin (and all others), we just need to accept that free gift. This article is not in anyway meant to be a judgement towards you.  You are unconditionally loved by the mighty God of the universe.
  • Planned Parenthood does offer a lot of other services, but no amount of good can cover up the bad.
  • The same goes for us. That’s why we need God.  No matter how many good actions we do, they will never be enough to pay the price for our sins.
  • If Planned Parenthood was defunded, there is no perfect solution to meet the needs of the women who go there.  We live in a messy, poopy world.  Sometimes cleaning up poop makes a bigger mess before it gets clean. Sometimes there is no perfect solution, but in the name of truth we have to stand for what we know is right. We have to defend the helpless, the voiceless, and the innocent.
  • If you are a Christian, then it’s time to step up.  Let’s start reaching out to these mamas. And mamas who are considering abortion, reach out for help.  You don’t have to do this on your own.  Find a church family, call an adoption agency, go to and look at the resources they can offer.
  • If you are pregnant with a baby whom you already know won’t live for very long – then give that baby the dignity of birth.  Yes it hurts. Yes it’s excruciating on every level. But given the choice of dying in the arms of a mother or dying by being chopped into pieces, which would you choose? And contrary to popular belief, there are people who will adopt terminally ill babies.
  • Adoption is another beautiful and painfully selfless option.  Oh my heart beats for the day we get to adopt. You know why?  Because the Bible tells us that children are a REWARD and a GIFT from Him (Psalm 127:3).  It also calls us to look after the father-less (James 1:27).

Abortion isn’t the only proverbial poop in the brownie.  In fact, our culture has increasingly accepted sin as normal.  It’s glorified, legalized, and justified by the majority.  But as Christians we can’t just stand by quietly.  We have to be a voice for the voiceless.  We have to love the world with the heart of Christ.  (This means the mamas and their babies!)

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak the truth, my friends. Even when the world screams you’re wrong.


I know there is no perfect solution.  Cancer research is important.  Access to proper healthcare is important. The lives of unborn children are important.  The lives of their mothers are important. Unfortunately Planned Parenthood is like the big gourmet buffet with only a few items that cause food poisoning.  Not worth the risk.  Not worth the investment.  We can do better.  So how about instead of arguing for or against Planned Parenthood in the comments we offer practical suggestions and/or resources for people who find themselves in a position for needing their services.