Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Now that it starting to feel more like winter in Southern California, it’s time to get warm & cozy in the kitchen! Break out the sweaters, extra blankets and make some home-cooked goodness to combat the chills. A pure, nurturing bowl of home-made chicken soup isn’t just a classic that Mom use to make, it’s an easy home remedy that anyone can make, although best given. Fill your home with the most amazing smell, your taste buds with rich flavor and your body with wholesome vitamins & minerals that will boost your winter immunity. Even if you’re new to the kitchen, you got this.

Home-made Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Local Sage Mountain Farm chicken *available for order online
    In this recipe, we used left-over boneless chicken that we had in the fridge. The vegetables were also chosen from what we had on hand. High-quality (farm fresh) ingredients at their peak (seasonal) quality enhance the flavor of any meal and upgrade your culinary chops! 
  • 1 winter squash (Butternut, Delicata and/or Spaghetti)
  • 1 bunch of carrots, cleaned not peeled
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small bag of tomatillos
  • 1 sweet potato
  • A handful of baby potatoes
  • 2½ local, organic
  • 1 zucchini
  • Fresh ginger (grated, chopped or sliced)
  • Fresh garlic (3 cloves minced & 3-5 whole cloves)
  • 1/3 cup long-grain brown rice
  • Herbs: fresh sage, rosemary, thyme & a bay leaf
  • Himalayan salt & black pepper

For best results, use only the freshest, most delicious and nutritious certified organic produce and livestock. Adjust ingredients according to season, availability & preference. Visit your local Farmers Market, order online or become a Sage Mountain Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share subscriber today! It is our mission to promote a healthier community and a healthier you.

Preparation:

  1. Establish flavor:
    Boil chicken in a pot of water with chopped carrots, celery, onion, tomato, tomatillos, garlic, ginger and herbs for 1 hour (or 24-48 hours with bones if making bone broth). Bone Broth Recipe coming soon! Subscribe for updates!

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  2. Build in nutrients:
    Prepare remaining vegetables and apples; cut into bite size pieces & add them to your pot, while snacking on half an apple. *Munching on fresh fruits and veggies while doing your meal prep is an excellent way to lose weight, gain energy and put the spring back in your step! See our blog post on the nutritional benefits of Apples! 

3.  Cover. Let simmer for additional 45 mins.  Add more water as needed.

4.  Boost vitamin & mineral content:
Add 1/3 cup long-grain brown rice. Return cover and continue to simmer for                     another 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat.

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5. Season with freshly ground Himalayan salt & black pepper. Serve with a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemon water.

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Give thanks… and enjoy!

*Thank you Izzy for giving the gift of food with such a generous and loving spirit and for teaching me how to keep it simple!


Warm the Heart

Use the gift of soul food to combat winter chills in transforming new ways this year! A cup of pure, heart warming soup is the perfect thing to bring a friend with a cold, a family member suffering from depression, a widow, elderly neighbor or someone you know who has trouble cooking for them-self. Chicken soup really does something extra special for the soul. Make a whole pot of this soup with the gift of giving in mind. 

Transporting tips: I prefer a mason jar but you can use an old thermos, reuse Chinese take out containers, Ziploc baggies or Tupperware (plastic storage containers). If using a plastic storage container, be sure to cool completely first. 

If you have an inspiring story to share, please write us in the comments! Would love to hear how you give and get creative with it! ❤ 


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We hope that you explore our webpage and become as excited and passionate about local, organic sustainable food, as we are.  

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It is our mission to promote a healthier community through our CSA program.  If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime by email, phone or in the comments section of this website. 
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com for more information about our farm.


Comments, suggestions and questions?
Contact me directly: amy@sagemountainfarm.com
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com & www.sagemountainbeef.com
for more information about our farm.
Together, let’s get healthy!amy_watermelon
Many blessings to you and yours!


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We raise and process the entire animal and have a variety of cuts available. Contact us if you’re interested in ordering Sage Mountain Chicken, Beef and Pork. Visit www.sagemountainbeef.com for more information.


Sage Mountain Beef provides a very good source of protein and vitamin B12 and a good source of selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and other B vitamins without the concern for pesticide, hormone and antibiotic residues.


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Farm Fresh Pork with Squash and Apple

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (or if you are like me, the more the better!)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 1-pound Sage Mountain Farm pork rib chops, trimmed
  • Freshly ground Himalayan salt and black pepper
  • 1 Delicata squash, cut into 1-inch pieces (with skin)
  • 2 organic apples, (peeling optional) and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium organic candy onion and 1 small purple onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Deli mustard (or honey mustard, depending on whats on hand)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

Total: 53 min     Prep: 20 min    Inactive: 5 min    Cook: 28 min


Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix the nutmeg, 1 teaspoon garlic and the sage in a bowl. Cut up your Sage Mountain Farm fresh organic squash, apples, and onion.

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Toss squash, apples, onion, with the remaining garlic, mustard, and season with salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.

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Spread out on a long sheet of foil. Add the rosemary and 3 tablespoons coconut oil, then bring the ends of the foil together and crimp to seal into a packet. Place the packet on a baking sheet and roast on the upper rack until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Poke holes in the packet to release steam.
Or…. if you happen to be out of foil, like I was… spread out on a long cookie sheet with your herbs and coconut oil. Place in the oven on the upper rack until tender, 30 min.
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Meanwhile, heat a large ovenproof skillet (I used cast iron) over medium-high heat. Brown the pork on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water and scrape up any browned bits from the pan.
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Then transfer the skillet to the lower oven rack and roast until a thermometer registers 150, about 15 minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes.
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Return the skillet to medium heat. Add 1/2 cup water, scrape up any browned bits and simmer about 2 minutes. Slice the pork and drizzle with the pan juices. Serve with the squash and apples. Give thanks… and enjoy!

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Note: I actually pared this with a side of fresh arugula salad greens with mustard dressing. I was just too busy savoring this delicious meal to photograph it.

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Comments, suggestions and questions?
Contact me directly: amy@sagemountainfarm.com
Visit www.sagemountainfarm.com & www.sagemountainbeef.com
for more information about our farm.
Together, let’s get healthy!amy_watermelon
Many blessings to you and yours!