Fresh Vegetable Soup

No fresh vegetables are allowed on the gicare.com diet for Gastroparesis. I thought I was visiting hell. But the ban on fresh vegetables and fruits really is a ban on raw vegetables and fruits – due to their higher fiber content. Vegetables? Cook the hxxx out of ’em to help break down the fiber content, peel them, seed them if necessary and eat them in small quantities. Also drink the broth. ( It’s full of cast off vitamins and minerals from the cooking process.)

But start with fresh veggies- from the garden, the Farmer’s Market, even the organic section of the supermarket. They’ll have fewer toxins, higher nutrients and best of all better flavor.

Chicken Nude
(that’s restaurant talk for chicken noodle )

4 cups noodles
2-4 chicken thighs (no skin or bone, cooked )
2 cloves garlic
1 yellow onion
1 summer squash -peeled @ seeded
3 fresh tomatoes (peeled and seeded)
8 cups chicken stock (or alternative)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt and seasonings to taste (I like curry or Italian)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

To prep tomatoes cut a small x on the bottom, dip into boiling water just long enough for the skin to curl a little (10-15 seconds). The skin should peel away easily with a little paring knife action. This brief dipping is also called blanching (blan-ching). Cut these in half and seed them by running an inverted spoon through the seeds on each side until the seeds fall out.

The squash can be peeled with a potato peeler, halved and seeded as above.
I cook my chicken in a bowl in the microwave. I figure 1-2 minutes per piece. Cover it. (Plate) If it’s a little on the raw side, don’t worry, we’re not through cooking in this recipe.
Put all the veggies in a food processor and pulse until tiny but not mush.

Put 9 cups of water/stock in a pan on the stove. Heat to boiling and add noodles.
Cook to desired texture.

Add oil at the end. (Sauteing the vegetables in oil uses much more fat,
so don’t.)

Add veggies and seasonings. Taste. Want more? Add a little. Taste. Cook for 30 minutes or simmer for an hour or more for better flavor. Add more stock if necessary.

This is a very thick soup and can be used for an entire meal.
2 cups will have approximately 50 grams carb, 3 oz. protein, 1 teaspoon healthy fat.

Enjoy! Coming soon – down-home Tuscan Tomato soup.

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