coconut chicken + vegetable soup (AIP)

food, mains, recipes

Hands up if you think that coconut and curry are one of the most blissful combinations in THE world (🙌🏼).  I am obsessed with curry. Indian, Thai, African, you name it. Love it. Here is the problem though, AIP and those foods just do not go together very well and that has been a hard one for me to take.  Most dishes are full of nightshades or nightshade/seed based spices, peanuts, soy and . . . yadda yadda. 

My slow cooker is not something I use in the cold months, she is one of my bestie all year long. Honestly, the aroma when you walk in the door after a long day and dinner is done?.. Amazing. I decided to create a version of this soup that would meet AIP standards and still be very flavorful, despite missing that distinctive chili/curry/spice. This soup is super flavorful, and the closest thing to curry that you can have on the autoimmune protocol (AIP). This recipe is a weekly staple because it is quick to toss together in the crockpot, full of healing/nutritious/delicious ingredients and if there is enough for leftovers, the flavours become even more intense and is one of my favourite ways to start the day for breakfast.

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This loaded veg and chicken soup can be as light or hearty as you like – laddle over rice or gluten free noodles to bulk it up, or keep it light and pour over from freshly steamed broccoli and spinach. The vegetables that I use are AIP compliant but it is a versatile recipe that allows you to incorporate your favourite veggies.

Serves 4 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 slow cooker of water (based on 2.5L crock pot)
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 full celery stalk diced
  • 6-8 medium carrots
  • 2 heads of broccoli (steam and add just before serving)
  • 1 1/2 -2 tbs turmeric
  • 1 1/2 -2 tbs ginger
  • 1 1/2 tbs sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs mixed herbs
  • 2 tbs chopped garlic
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (see notes)

 

Method

It doesn’t get easier. Ready?…

  1. First, add celery, carrot, onions, all spices, salt
  2. Then fill crock-pot (slow cooker) with 3/4 water
  3. Place chicken breasts on top
  4. Set on medium heat and leave for 5-6 hours
  5. Before serving, remove chicken breasts from the top and place in large bowl. Shred the chicken completely and add back to the slow cooker.
  6. Add the can of coconut milk to the slow cooker just before serving, stir in completely
  7. Steam two heads of broccoli (boil for 7ish minutes) and add to the slow cooker or use as a base in your bowl before you pour your soup.
  8. Before serving, taste broth. If you prefer more seasoning, this is the stage to do it. I generally like to keep my salt, turmeric and ginger at the same ratio, but feel free to experiment (see notes)
  9. Share with your people, enjoy! x

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Notes

  • Coconut milk – Fragrant and creamy, coconut milk adds just the perfect touch of delicious comfort to this soup. I prefer regular coconut milk over light, for its added creaminess and flavor, but feel free to substitute with light.
  • Seasoning – I almost always use more seasoning that this recipe calls for. But I thought I would start mild because it seemed like the crowd friendly thing to do. Feel free to go a little crazy and taste as you go. Also be careful with your turmeric powder, it stains surfaces and cloth easily!
  • Water in the crock –  this recipe is based on 2.5L crock pot adjust your recipe accordingly
  • Chicken- if for some reason you don’t want to shred the chicken at the end you can dice the chicken before hand if you prefer
  • Makes for delicious leftovers. Will keep two to three days in the fridge

 

If you love ethnic foods and this recipe meets your need for something exotic on the AIP, tell me about!  I’d love to know what you think of it.

Have a delicious week!

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month in review: May

devotionals, lifestyle

I have been thinking about our last summer in Colorado before we moved to Edinburgh a lot these days. Mostly, because I miss the feeling of getting into a really hot car after it’s been sitting in the sun, family BBQ’s with the whole gang, hitting the trails with our dog and those brilliant performances of thunder and lightning that you can count on around 4pm.

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I remember packing up our house in Denver, preparing for the big move. I lost sleep. My anxiety was sky high and the emotional toil of leaving behind our community was more than I could bear at times. We knew we were in for something new, something different and the hope that looking back we would be able to say that is was a ‘good experience’.

I am a type A personality. I am a planner. It challenged me to the core. The plan was not a complete plan and it did not feel normal. We boarded our flight in Denver, without a place to live, without a job, and we would not know a single person on the other side. It makes me realise what a false sense of control I thought I had over my life. A reminder that I can plan all I want, but sometimes, I have to go into things blindly. To be brave. To be humble. To be trusting. To be prayerful. To be out of control.

This entire experience has sealed so many aspects of my faith. My faith in a God that hears the cries of our hearts, who knows what we are praying even when we do not have the words. Who can provide peace to a weary soul that bounces along in uncertain tidal waves in life. Scotland was one HUGE uncertainty.

Prayer. Prayer became our anchor. Prayer was the only thing that made me feel fearless. “Give us this day, our daily bread” is the prayer of the day- every. single. day. Our daily bread is quite literally our food. It is our jobs- Lord, bless the work of our hands. It is our home – Lord, provide us a refuge and bless all those that enter it. It is our marriage – Lord, help us to love one another deeply. It is our community – Lord, lead us to a church, friends and neighbours that we can share life’s joys and burdens with.

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One of the most profound and greatest gifts is my job. Unemployed for several months after we moved here, I prayed for work. At first, I was very specific in my requests/wish list- Lord, let me be a history teacher. Lord, provide me a job in a school. Lord, give me a job at that school around the corner. But as the time went on and the savings account got smaller, it changed into something more desperate and real. Lord, give us this day, our daily bread. Any job, anything you want me to do, Lord let your will be done.

The interviews came but I did not secure anything. Finally, just when I thought we might have to move back to Denver, I secured a job as a receptionist for a youth charity called The Prince’s Trust. I knew that it was an organisation that I could get behind. Seven months later, a position opened in the Fairbridge programme and I found a spot on the team.  This month marks my one year anniversary in the best job I have ever had.

I work with very resilient, courageous, adaptable, adventurous young people. They have a funny way of letting me know that I am liked and accepted. Some days are hard and sometimes the burdens they carry are emotional and taxing as a support worker. They continue to amaze me through their hardships. They have felt unloved, not valued, incapable, powerless and hurt by others. By the grace of God, I am reminded that they do not need to be punished or lectured. They need understanding, compassion, support and room to grow.

This job has opened doors that I never thought I would walk through. I get to see beautiful parts of Scotland, do adventurous outdoor activities that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to do and attend special events that honour the young people we work with, like the 40th Anniversary Garden Party and Celebrate Success Awards held in London.

 

But the best part about work is them. It all just feels so right. They laugh. They cry. They confront their fears. They push themselves. They often leave their struggles at the door and allow themselves to be young. To be curious. To be challenged. To learn. To be better. To love themselves.  I am honoured to be a part of their journey and grateful how God provided something so rewarding and fulfilling as we continue to navigate our time here.

Love always wins.

x

 

 

products: top essential oils for travel

essential oils, lifestyle, travel
Summer is nearly here and you might have a trip in the works. I would love to take ALL of our oils but sometimes there is only room for the favs. Below are my favorite essential oils to take along for those stressful plane rides, long road trips or even just being away from the house for a few days.

Thieves

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I find Thieves to be a good friend (the ‘ol pat on the back) to the immune system- helpful in boosting it up and for sanitation. I simply put some drops in my hand, rub together, cup around my nose + mouth and breathe in. I also use it for a quick hand sanitizer (in that emergency situation that you have to use an airplane toilet or rest stop…)

Digize 

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I definitely do not go too far from home without this oil. No one likes to feel yucky… tummy aches, constipation, indigestion – you know the not so fun parts of travel sometimes.

DiGize is a unique blend that combines tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli essential oils. I use this at meal times and as a dietary supplement in water when traveling abroad – add 2 drops DiGize and 1 drop peppermint to large water bottle for a vitalizing beverage.

 Peppermint

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I use this for… pretty much everything. Un-welcomed things like headaches, tummy troubles, flare ups or just feeling a bit groggy. Some studies show that inhaling peppermint can bring 25% more oxygen to the brain! Welcomed news when you are traveling 35,000 ft. in the clouds and feeling dehydrated.

I bring peppermint for the same reason I pack DiGize, to soothe digestion if needed. Peppermint is great for inhaling, dabbing on the temples or dropping on the tongue. I even rub it over my stomach if I have indigestion because no matter how well you try to eat while traveling or on vacation, sometimes you just need a lil TLC.  I also like to take a few sniffs of peppermint on the airplane to get the stale-airplane smell from taking over and a way to calm my stomach and get rid of those take off jitters.

Citrus

 

One of my best tips for travel is to stay hydrated! I like to drink a water bottle of some lukewarm water (don’t judge me, cold water is just… cold), a drop of lemon, drop of grapefruit and add a few fresh mint leaves. Staying well hydrated can help immensely with warding off jet lag.

 Lavender

 

Lavender is known as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of essential oils. Therefore, I bring it everywhere because I just can’t take them all. I find Lavender to be a great skin soother. I blend with some coconut oil and lather my face, to alleviate that Grimm Reaper-raisin face-feeling you get after being on an airplane.

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CAR: These oils are also great to have for your accommodation (or car ride). Take a wet washcloth, drop a few drops of oil and lay the scented wash cloth over the room (or car) vent to scent and clean the air. Such a treat.

PLANES: Here are the TSA regulations for carrying liquids on board…you are allowed to carry as many 5 or 15ml bottles that will fit in a 1 quart plastic bag.

  • 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Six 15 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces
  • Eighteen 5 ml bottles = 90 ml = 3 ounces

If you have more than you would like to carry on, you can pack as many oils as you want to in luggage that you’ll be checking in with the airline. *Be sure to pack them in sealed bags with a few paper towels in case of leakage. 

I hope you find this helpful for your next trip and can give you an idea of what may come in handy for you. If you have any questions about Young Living oils or are interested in placing an order you can email me directly at adrienne.tafilowski@yahoo.com or leave a comment here. I would love to hear which oils and travel tips you have as well.

 

Traveling mercies, friends.

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