Vegetable Soup

Nourishing Vegetable Soup: A GAPS Diet Staple

If you're following the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet, you're likely on a journey to improve your gut health and overall well-being. One delicious way to support your dietary goals is by preparing a hearty and nourishing Vegetable Soup. This simple recipe adheres to the GAPS principles, emphasizing nutrient-dense, easily digestible foods while excluding ingredients that may irritate the gut.

Ingredients:

- Homemade chicken broth
- Assorted vegetables (e.g., carrots, zucchini, onions)
- Salt
- Fresh herbs (such as parsley or dill)
- Shredded cooked chicken (optional)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Vegetables:
- To begin, gather your vegetables. Carrots, zucchini, and onions are commonly used, but feel free to experiment with other GAPS-approved vegetables. Ensure they are washed and peeled (if necessary) before chopping them into small, bite-sized pieces. Uniformity in size promotes even cooking.

2. Heat the Homemade Chicken Broth:
- In a large soup pot, gently heat your homemade chicken broth over medium-high heat. The amount of broth you use can be adjusted to achieve your desired soup consistency.

3. Add the Chopped Vegetables:
- Once your broth is gently simmering, introduce the chopped vegetables into the pot. This is where the magic happens, as the vegetables absorb the flavorful essence of the broth.

4. Simmer Until Vegetables Are Soft:
- Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the vegetables to cook in the broth, typically taking about 15-20 minutes for them to reach the desired tenderness. To check for doneness, insert a fork or knife into a piece; it should easily go through without much resistance.

5. Season with Salt and Herbs:
- Season your soup with salt to taste. Start conservatively and add more as needed. Remember, it's easier to adjust the seasoning later. Enhance the flavor with fresh herbs, like chopped parsley or dill, tailored to your preference.

6. Optional: Add Shredded Cooked Chicken:
- If you're craving a heartier meal with added protein, consider mixing in shredded cooked chicken. Leftover roasted or boiled chicken works wonderfully. Stir it into the soup to heat through.

7. Taste and Adjust:
- Take a moment to savor your creation. Taste the soup and fine-tune the seasoning, adding more salt or even a dash of freshly ground black pepper if desired.

8. Serve Hot:
- Ladle the steaming vegetable soup into bowls. It's now ready to be savored as a nourishing and comforting meal.

9. Optional Garnishes:
- For an extra layer of flavor and nutrition, think about garnishing each serving with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, or even a dollop of GAPS-friendly yogurt if you've progressed to that stage of the diet.

This Vegetable Soup isn't just a delightful dish; it's a means to support your gut health journey through the GAPS diet. With its nutrient-packed vegetables and soothing broth, it offers both nourishment and comfort, making it an essential staple in your GAPS meal plan. Enjoy the flavors and benefits as you work towards a healthier you!

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