Similar to the Beef Broccoli Soup I posted earlier, this Chicken Cauliflower Soup is just as easy and simple to make.
- Bones of 1 whole chicken (preferably organic and free-range) with some meat
- Chicken liver and gizzard
- 2 tablespoons of whole peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon on sea salt
- Carrots (as many as you like)
- Celery stalks, chopped
- Leeks, chopped
- Cauliflower (as many as you like, too)
- In a large pot, gently boil all the ingredients, except cauliflower, for more than 6 hours.
- Let it cool. Then separate the solid parts from the broth and store in different containers. Place inside the refrigerator. The stock will keep for 5 days.
- Reheat only a portion of the broth that you can consume. Add cauliflowers and simmer until the cauliflowers are soft and well-cooked. Add scoops of the solid parts from the stock and cook for a few more minutes.
I use celery to add flavors to my stock but technically, I’m still not allowed to eat it because it’s a fibrous vegetable. So I just chop it in large slices to make it easier to spot and remove later.
I made the mistake of not cooking the cauliflowers thoroughly (they’re still a little crunchy). A few minutes after eating, I felt a slight stab of pain in my abdomen. Half-cooked vegetables are not allowed in Stage 2 yet, hence my stomach was overwhelmed. I could imagine it choking up on the cauliflowers.
But it’s amazing how sensitive I have become to note the subtle reactions of my stomach with every food that I eat. I also have more appreciation for natural food flavors now that my palate is not soak in heightened artificial flavorings. And since I’ve started this GAPS diet, my stomach felt a lot better after eating. I feel full (with all the broth that I’m taking in), but not heavy or gassy. I also don’t feel sleepy nor experience palpitations after a meal, something that usually happens after I eat too much carbs. And contrary to what I expected, consuming only soups doesn’t make me feel weak. In fact, I feel I have more energy now than before GAPS.
My mind is also more lucid and I have less of those brain fog episodes (I’ve been writing posts everyday, haven’t I?) – which makes me work more efficiently. So far, this GAPS diet and I have been doing really well. And I hope that as I move up the stages and go on the Full Diet phase, there’ll be more variety of food that my gut can tolerate. The soups, hearty and filling as they are, are sickening already.