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Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup

Little ones are starting school again, the weather's changing... all these things can add up to a good ol' cold. Never any fun for anyone, especially for a toddler. As soon as I see Havana showing the early signs of a cold I whip this up for her. It's filled with a nourishing broth (trying to get enough fluids in a sick toddler is not easy) & lots of veggies! I've made my own bone broth in the past (always a good idea to make a big batch and then freeze for later use). But you can absolutely use a store bought bone broth, just make sure to check the label as some can be quite high in sodium! All you'll need is...

3 cups of chicken bone broth

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of cream (optional)

1 grated carrot

1 chopped stalk of celery

1/2 chopped onion

1/2 a lemon

5-6 cloves of garlic

2 cups of egg noodles

4 chicken thighs

salt & pepper to taste

*makes about 6 servings

The first thing you want to do is cook your chicken thighs. Once they're cooked & cooled, break off the chicken and set aside. In a large pot add your chicken bone broth, water, 3 cloves of garlic and the bones, fat & skin from the chicken thighs you just cooked and simmer on med/low covered for about 40 minutes. I find this adds even more flavor plus you get all the good stuff out of those chicken bones (no wasting anything over here!)

After the 40 min of simmering you can strain everything out so just the broth remains. Then add in the carrots, celery, onion & another 3 minced cloves of garlic and simmer for another 10-12 minutes. Then add in the shredded chicken you set aside (I usually use about 3/4 of it) and the noodles. Simmer for another 7 min or until the noodles are cooked, take it off the heat, squeeze in 1/2 a lemon & add the cream (if you'd like) and serve!

*Toddler tip, if you're little one isn't the best with spoons yet, serve it in a cup (cup of soup style) and they can just sip it straight from there!

Now you may be wondering why I use bone broth and not just regular chicken broth. You can absolutely use regular chicken broth and this will still be delicious but I like the extra nutrient boost from bone both and Aunty Angie has some reasons why! Bone Broth is rich in collagen which is important for healthy joints, hair, skin & nails. Also collagen nourishes the intestinal lining and helps reduce inflammation. A healthy gut means a healthy immune system & fun fact, about 70% of our immune system is in our gut! So the bone both will help your little one (or you, your partner, your roommate...whoever needs a bowl of love) get a little immune booster!

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