Healthy Chinese soup

Soup is a favourite of Chinese people and a staple in our diet.  Soup or tong as it's called in Chinese is almost regarded as medicinal dependant on what ingredients are used. In our family, we drink soup at least once a week but since my mum started chemotherapy, it's been a good way to get nutrients into her diet so we've up'ed our game to twice a week.  Chinese soup is more like a broth as opposed to a thick soup consistency and in this way, the flavours really do pack a punch.  

Ingredients (disclaimer - the ingredients omit quantity as this is really based on your preference and how much you want to make)
  • Chicken thighs
  • Carrots x5
  • Potatoes x6
  • Butternut Squash (half)
  • Water - dependant on the size of your bowl and how much you wish to make.  We generally make enough for two meals, dinner and lunch the next day so there is a ready made lunch which is a great time saver for a carer.
1.  Fill a saucepan with water, this is dependant on teh size of your saucepan and the quantity of soup that you wish to make.  Bring the water to the boil.

2.  Whilst waiting for the water to boil, prepare your vegetables.  We use organic only, as such, it's important to wash your vegetables thoroughly so that no germs are picked up.  Note, during chemotherapy, my mum's immune system is very weak so vegetables have to be scrubbed and peeled. 

3.  Once the water is boiled, add chicken thighs and the washed and prepped vegetables.  

4.  Boil for approximately 45 mins - 1 hr.  You will see the colour of the soup take a very rich colour.  Serve.  

Thankfully, it's a very simple recipe that I can whip out for my mum as these days, I really don't have time to slave over a hot stove.  Note that the ingredients can be switched for meat and vegetables that you prefer.  The chicken can be replaced with a pork chop and sometimes we use bacon which adds a nice flavour.

Let me know if you try this recipe and tag me with a photo on Twitter @CancerCarerChat as I would love to see the photos!



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