Easy is good. Especially for families with a child on the autism spectrum. When the meal, in addition to easy, is also super-nutritious, hearty and child-friendly, we know we have a winner.
Our home-made, organic and gluten-free chicken noodle soup fulfill all of the above criteria. An added bonus is that it’s cheap to make, despite the organic ingredients. So it’s an all-round champion!
This soup is really a bi-product of other meals. It’s based on what’s left after we’ve cut up, organized, and frozen organic fresh chicken that we stock up on during our shopping trips to Costco every two months. (If you don’t like the thought of cutting up a raw chicken, there’s an even easier way to make the soup. Keep on reading!)
When all the cutting is done, rather than scrapping the chicken carcasses, we use them for a simple broth. We let the bones simmer in a big pot with water for a couple of hours. Just like that. No salt or veggies at this point. We keep it simple. It seems like the right thing to do after all that cutting.
As a comforting, homey scent fills the kitchen, we feel good about making full use of the birds. A cloudy-looking, hearty bouillon will result from this cooking. We’ll put it to good use as the base for our “autism-friendly” version of chicken noodle soup. Gluten-free and mainly organic ingredients are used in this soup.
We like to add a sliced carrot or two to the broth, and small pieces of chicken that we’ve carved out from the leftover bones. The star of this dish is of course the pasta. It’s what makes it child friendly. Our pasta “noodles” consist of organic, gluten-free spaghetti broken up into pieces.
If the broth seems a bit diluted when preparing the soup, we dissolve a store-bought, organic chicken bouillon cube into it. This will give it more “body”. And if we want a richer-tasting soup, we add some organic coconut milk. The only seasoning we use is salt, and we add it at the end.
Chicken noodle soup is said to relieve congestion and coat a sore throat. But why wait for a cold to enjoy this winter comfort food? It’s old-fashioned cooking from scratch at its best! Here’s how you prepare it: