It’s inevitable, when you work with kids you get sick. It’s one of the occupational hazards I face as a dance teacher, and I just got a doozy. The one thing I do look forward to when not feeling my best is some comfort food. In my case, it’s Chicken Dumpling Soup. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. There’s a reason many people turn to chicken soup when not feeling well. Our food has energetic properties, and when you observe the behavior of a chicken you can see they have very uplifted energy. That is why we crave it when we’re feeling down.
The great thing about soup is it’s so customizable. Just add or take away things to make it perfect for you.
Here’s how I put together my Chicken Dumpling Soup
Start with the broth. In a large pot add ½ chicken stock/broth, ½ vegetable stock/broth, and a can of coconut milk.
Add some chicken thighs, bring to a boil, and then cook over medium heat until chicken is fully cooked.
Now have some fun with your favorite vegetables and fresh herbs. Some great additions for healing a cold are onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cayenne, oregano, and definitely add those greens. In my last batch I also added some carrots and parsnips to sweeten it a bit.
Finally, put together the dumplings. Just put some good quality flour in a bowl and add some sea salt to taste, then add just enough water to roll it into balls and place in the soup to cook. The dumplings can be made with whole grain flour, gluten free multi-purpose flour, or any combination you feel inspired to create. In my last batch I played with a quinoa, coconut, arrowroot powder combination. I ground the quinoa and coconut to flour in the bullet, and added arrowroot powder to thicken, so it didn’t fall apart in the soup.
So, there it is. You can really make it as elaborate or simple as you like. Have fun with different veggie and herb combinations, and even with the dumplings. Make it for your loved ones when they’re not feeling well, and get them to make it for you when you’re the one needing some healing.