Chicken Noodle Soup

from scratch, with a rotisserie chicken

Easy Recipes With Rotisserie Chicken

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a classic for a reason. It’s warm, healthy, and easy to make. And when you use a rotisserie chicken, you can make your own stock so its cheaper to boot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 pound of egg noodles
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

  1. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  2. Tear the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Place the chicken bones into a dutch oven and cover them with six cups of water. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes to create chicken stock. Remove the chicken bones and discard.
  4. Add chicken, vegetables, and spices. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

You can add almost any seasoning you want to this soup. A few restaurants in my area even serve spicy chicken noodle soup, made from Cajun seasoning blends.

Fasting

While I was reading this post on how to handle involuntary hunger, the thought occurred to me:  why not try fasting voluntarily, and then use these same tips to get me through the experience?  Yes, it would be hard — but these tips might help.

The advantages could be huge:  lose weight, and maybe even reverse Type 2 diabetes, completely or partially.  I think some detoxing regimes advocate fasting, but I don’t know much about that (need to look into it).  A fast would save some money too, although that’s not the primary reason to do this.

This would not be an absolute fast.  I typically eat lunch with my colleagues during the work week — I would still do that.  Occasionally, I eat socially, mostly with my life coach to talk things over — that wouldn’t change either.

What would be cut are the meals that I eat by myself.  I could still allow myself to eat something — maybe a little fruit in the morning for energy, and vegetables anytime (e.g., tomatoes, celery, steamed broccoli, cooked kale, roasted asparagus, etc.) for fiber and nutrients.  I recently started taking a multivitamin, which I would continue.

I would drink freely, too:  water, tea, and vegetable juice would be fine.  Maybe beef broth and chicken broth to help deal with meat cravings.  Speaking of meat, maybe sardines would work.  I actually like sardines, although I wouldn’t want to eat alot of them at a time.

This could be both easy and hard.  Easy, because it requires no extra investment of time or money.  Indeed, a fast would free up time and money that would otherwise be spent on meals.  Hard, because obviously, I could feel hungry much of the time — although according to that blog post, the hunger is supposed to go away after a few days.

How long would I keep it up?  I don’t know.  This would be an experiment.  Not forever.  I would watch my weight on the bathroom scale, and if I fell from 170 down to 150, I would probably declare victory and gradually ease off the fasting routine.  If I’m feeling weak and unable to do things, I could consider increasing my calories a bit.

Interestingly, my biggest concern is how to deal with a growling stomach that lots of people might notice.  Research assignment:  see if there’s a way to deal with those growls.

So this might sound crazy, but why not try.  I can stop the experiment anytime.

Update:  here are some ideas for low-calorie eats.  It suggests, however, that fasting might cause the body to hold onto fat instead of burning it.  But hey, that’s why we experiment.  We’re all different:  what works for you might not work for me, and vice versa.  You don’t know until you try.