Cool weather and easy crock-pot soups just seem to go together for me! So here is a great crockpot chicken and vege soup for ya. If you have cooked with me before you know that I just like to throw whatever I have in the kitchen in a soup or stir fry, and I am not big on measurements. This recipe is no different. I use my food processor to chop and slice all the yummy veges!!! If you don’t have a food processor, consider asking for it as a gift sometime, like Christmas, I am so so glad I have mine 🙂
Next time I am going to buy double the veges and while I have the food processor out and making a mess I am going to chop extra veges and put them in a freezer bag to just dump into the crock pot for my next batch of soup!
1 Whole Chicken rubbed with olive oil and salt (we get pastured chickens from Yonder Way Farm). If you have time to soak it in about 1/4c salt water for a few hours, do it.
1-2 Yellow Squash
1 bag of Parsnips (I have also used a japanese yam before)
1 bag of Carrots
1 bunch of Celery (with leaves)
Handful of Baby Bok Choy (I have also used spinach or cabbage)
Several garlic cloves
1 large 28oz can Organic Diced Tomatoes
Chop up your veges. Sauté the carrots and parsnips (or yams) in coconut oil a few minutes till soft. Dump everything into the crock-pot and stir. I fill my crock pot almost to the top with veges then make a big hole in the middle to set the chicken in breast side down. Top with diced tomatoes and enough chicken broth to cover. Cook on High about 6 hours or low 10 hours. In the last hour add desired spices – try a mix of basil, rosemary, and oregano.
Again, get creative, you can really use whatever veges are in your kitchen. I like to add butternut squash sometimes in the last 2 hours of cooking. Just peel it and cube it. if you add it at the beginning it will add a nice flavor and thicken the soup and bit, but it will turn to mush 🙂
When done cooking I pull the chicken out and pull the meat off the bone and add back to the soup. The meat will just fall off the bones! I drop the chicken carcass (bones and skin) in a pot of filtered salted water and make chicken broth for my next batch of soup!
Remember, get creative, let us know what’s in your soup!!!