Today, however, I was determined my daughter would not have to suck down that canned junk! I was not able to be home with her. She is seventeen & perfectly capable of taking care of herself, but it doesn't change my feeling of needing to be home to care for her myself...as only a mother can. Being a single mom is at it's most challenging when my kids are sick. It is especially so with the job I have now. I am not allowed to use sick leave to be home with my kids. I have to use vacation time. I get only 15 days a year. This began this year. Up to this year, I got only 10 days a year. Having to use vacation for sick kids means not being able to take vacation time for any other reason or leaving the child home alone to care for themselves.
I had to work a full 8 hour day. My day didn't end there, though. I had agreed to swap days I teach spin class, so I had to teach that before I could leave the campus. That had me leaving the campus at 6pm. I knew I didn't have everything I needed to make the chicken noodle soup, so I had to go the store before I could go home. Sure, I could have just bought the canned soup & been done with the matter. To me, this was unacceptable. My daughter has had numerous health problems since she was 12 years old. Not a single physician has been able to diagnose what causes her to be nauseated & dizzy on a daily basis. I already knew but after watching the documentary "Food Matters" I was convinced of it that our food can either heal us or make us sick. Socrates said "Let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food." After taking my daughter off the allergy & asthma meds she had been on since she was 4 in an attempt to make her symptoms less severe & it working, I decided the next thing we needed to try was cleaning up her diet.
She has gained about 30 pounds since she started working last August. She works at a Chinese restaurant. She eats junk there & eats junk most of the time when she is not under my watch. For the first time in her life, she has body image issues...along with her health problems getting bad again. She agreed to start eating better & has been taking direction from me. In addition to eating better, I told her the next thing we needed to do was try making that food cleaner. Making the food cleaner means more organic, whole options. Organic foods are not produced with the chemicals of non-organic foods. Those chemicals make us sick. Period.
This is why I opted to make her chicken noodle soup from scratch. She deserves the best. Making a sacrifice of time is the least I can do for her. Did I want to sit down & take a load off...after working all day...after teaching a 45 minute spin class...after grocery shopping...of course I did! But she needs me & this is what she needs right now. It took me a total of an hour, start to finish. My chicken noodle soup, like my chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, & a few other things, has no recipe. I'll attempt to give an approximation of quantities & build a recipe.
1-1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 medium yellow onion
4 cups water
Himalayan Sea Salt
ground black pepper
4 medium carrots
6-8 celery stalks
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced ginger
1.5 cups no yolks noodles
2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth, low sodium
Add water to a large dutch oven. Dice the yellow onion. Add chicken (whole) & onion to dutch oven. Grind in the sea salt with a 3-4 turns of the grinder. Add in a couple of dashes of black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer 20-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from broth. Set aside to cool. Add all remaining ingredients to the pot. Dice the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the pot. Return to a boil. Reduce and simmer 8 minutes, until carrots are fork-tender...NOT mushy!
This makes 6-8, 1-1.5 cup, servings, and should be under 200 calories per serving.