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Rich Homemade Chicken Soup or Stock (MD)

4 lbs. chicken thighs or leg quarters, cut in half
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 onions, peeled and cut into eighths
6 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
5 quarts water

Place chicken, carrot, celery, onion, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, garlic, salt and pepper in a stockpot. Add water. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Skim any foam and fat that rises to the surface. Simmer for 2-3 hours.

For stock, place colander over a large bowl and strain the soup, pressing the solids to release as much liquid as possible. If not using immediately, cool the stock quickly by placing the bowl into a larger bowl of ice water. Refrigerate overnight, spoon off all congealed fat and seal in an airtight container.

Crazy Kim's Chicken Chile (HC)

3 cups great northern white beans (canned or cooked)
4 organic chicken breasts, chopped
½ cup chopped onion
2 tblsp. olive or coconut oil
4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chile powder
¼ cup green chiles, chopped

Saute chicken and onions in oil until tender and cooked thru. Drain and rinse beans. Place half of them into the pot, mash with a potato masher and then add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes and serve.

Serves 6.

Charlie's Chicken Soup (MD)

6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 tblsp. olive oil
2 carrots, sliced thinly
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 cup Portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 cup fresh cabbage, cut in chunks
2 tsp. lemon juice
lemon pepper, to taste
sea salt, to taste
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
64 oz. organic vegetable broth

Saute chicken and garlic in olive oil for 15 min. over medium heat.  Add carrots, celery  and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes more.  Add broth, cabbage, lemon juice, salt and lemon pepper and cook for an additional 15 minutes.  Just before serving add fresh spinach and simmer for 5 minutes.

Serves 6.

Note: Eliminate the chicken breasts and double the mushrooms to make a delicious vegetable soup that's Optimal Detox.

Recipe Key: OD = Optimal Detox; MD = Modified Detox; HC = Healthy Choice.

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