Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chicken "Zoodle" Soup

Hello...winter?  Spring showers?  Who knows.  It's raining, and it's fabulous.  To give you an example of how dry it has been here in Northern California, we haven't had more than three consecutive days of rain in months, I believe since last winter.  Crazy. Scott and I are weather nerds - always watching the forecast, and every morning he checks the live snow cams at the ski resorts.  Anyway,  just super glad we have some wet weather and snow falling in the mountains so we can get the kids up to Tahoe and strap on the snowboards. 
This nice cold weather called for some nice warm soup.  Chicken noodle was in order, but I wanted to make it SCD.  So I turned to my fellow SCD blogger, Jen, from My Big Fat Grain Free Life.  Check out her blog when you get a chance, lots of great SCD recipes.  She makes a chicken "zoodle" soup (the zoodles obviously being zucchini in place of the noodles).  So awesome!  I made my usual chicken soup recipe and added in those delicious zoodles.  My kids thought they were so fun too.  My son declared, "Noodles," like he was just presented with a prize or something.  Hooray for fun dinners.  If you're looking for a fun way to replace traditional noodles, give zucchini a try (see here). 

-1 medium yellow onion, small chop
-3 cups carrots, small chop
-2 cups celery, chopped
-2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped (great way to use leftovers)
-2 large zucchini, made into "zoodles
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-3 cloves garlic, minced 
(I also add 1 teaspoon garlic granules)
-2 bay leaves
-8 cups filtered water (or any broth, but I used water) 
-Oil of choice
-Pepper to taste 

How To:
1.  To pot add oil, salt, and onions and saute for 2 minutes 
2.  Add celery, carrots, garlic cloves, garlic grans, and saute for 2 minutes
3.  Add water, bay leaves, and bring to a gentle simmer; simmer for about 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender
4.  Add chicken and zoodles, stir
5.  Turn off heat, cover and let sit for about 15 minutes; warm through before serving 
Serves 4 

Serve with: SCD Crusty Rolls or SCD Hot Cross Buns

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  1. Hi! I made some tonight! I like a little sage, parsley, thyme, and white pepper in mine. I also add a couple shitake mushrooms and and a dash of tamari to boost the flavor.

    1. Hi Erin,

      Awesome! I'm a huge fan, Your additions sound great. Thanks for the suggestions. Other readers always benefit from this.

      Be Well,

  • Gluten Free and Loving ItMarch 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I've seen various recipes using "noodles" cut from veggies, but have never tried it. I am definitely going to hang on to this one for the summer when zucchini are plentiful around here. I love the "zoodle" idea.

  • Glad this provided you with some inspiration! I think you'll love it. Food should be fun, right!

    Be Well,

  • Thanks for the linkage Amber! So glad your son enjoyed the "noodles". My kids had the same response the first time I served it up. My daughter looked at my son and said, "HEY! They taste like REAL noodles!" I love the zoodles just sauteed in olive oil and garlic as a side dish too (topped with Romano cheese....)

    Take care-

  • PS - your pictures make me drool....always so enticing and give me cravings for the recipes...

  • Tessa Domestic DivaMarch 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I have been wanting to try the raw noodles....i just ordered the julienne peeler!

  • What a brilliant idea. I'm always trying to come up with new and creative ways to get my kids to eat their veggies. They do really well, but this idea with the zucchini is great. Thanks.

  • I love this recipe Amber and the name! This is a fabulous way to get my family to eat zucchini while enjoying a soup I know they like. Thanks for always being such an inspiration to me--looking forward to making this!

    1. Hi Laura,

      Right backatcha lady! I always enjoy your recipes and posts! Your key lime pie greatly inspired me! I made a SCD version I'm excited to share.

      You'll be shocked at how the zucchini taste like a regular ole' noodle! They are quite substantial, still holding their shape after two days in the refrigerator! Enjoy.


  • Leslie @ Real Food FreaksMarch 16, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    We love zucchini noodles here-- just ate them last night with bison meatballs & sauce!

    The term "zoodles" is great... I'm going to add it to my vocab... much more creative & exciting than "zucchini noodles." :)

    1. Hi There Leslie,

      They are definitely becoming more popular. Such a great, tasty alternative.

      Be Well,



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