(Stock and soup have been staples around here…please excuse my stove mess!!)
With the chilly days here it has been a wonderful comfort to enjoy soups! I can see how starting GAPS Intro during the cooler months would be a blessing (we started in July! lol!) With our recent move, I was getting totally behind on doing some of the basics-fermenting, creating stock and soups, etc. So one evening I just decided that I would start some soup (it also had hidden motives in trying to keep one VERY EARLY RISING 8 year old boy pacified longer in the morning before this mama wanted to get up!!)
I already had some bones in a pot of water simmering on the back stove, so I filled a smaller (pretty blue!) pot about half full of chicken stock. I threw in some leftover veggies that were about to be spent, some frozen odds and ends of carrots and celery and also (just to give it some flavor) took out a red onion and quickly caramelized it in a separate saute pan, then browned some ground beef in the same pan.
It was a little more work (making meat, etc) than I would usually go to in the evening after dinner, but I really wanted my 8 year old to smell all the flavors that I was putting into the soup for when he woke up…so mama could sleep a bit longer! =)
The next morning he woke up and enjoyed three bowls before all of us got up and started the eggs for breakfast.
As we mainly started GAPS to help heal him and the way his brain works, I was amazed to see how much he craved the soup through out the day as it was just warm on the stove available whenever he wanted it!
For dinner I started us all off with a small bowl and we told the kids they had to finish it before the got the rest of dinner…this didn’t go over as well with a couple of the kids who are not soup fans, but soon enough all of us had some good bone broth in our tummies.
Most of the evenings for the past week to two weeks I have been making soups. They are often very different, and sometimes a bit plain, but I do think it is really helping our son. Not only to have food ready to go in the morning (it seems to be keeping him out of mischief!), and also to help regulate his body with all that good fat and bone broth.
So, that is the set up in my kitchen right now…big pot of stock going all day on a simmer and smaller pot of soup on low all day for anyone to enjoy-and we finish it off at dinner!
What soups have you been enjoying lately?