Slow cooker recipes are so convenient these days for us busy, working Mums. If you are out at work then cook for longer on a low heat. Give this great recipe a try, it uses wholesome, natural ingredients. It’s great to stop sugar cravings and balance blood sugar. Chicken soup is very nourishing and nurturing both nutritionally and for the soul.

Ingredients – Serves 4

Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
3-4 split chicken breasts [free-range organic], rinsed, patted dry
8 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 heaped cups thinly shredded cabbage [bagged coleslaw mix is fast and easy]
1 red capsicum, cored, seeded, cut up
2 zucchini, cut up
6 to 8 baby potatoes, cut up
1 chilli – mild or hot, to taste
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon each of: dried basil, oregano and parsley
Hot red chilli flakes, shake to taste
1 can diced tomatoes
2 or more cups  chicken broth (organic if possible), as needed A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil into the bottom of a Crock Pot or slow cooker. Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom; top with half the chopped garlic. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, capsicum, zucchini, potatoes, and chillies; and toss them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt, ground pepper, herbs and a shake or two of hot red chilli flakes. Toss to coat.
  3. Pour the veggies into the crock in an even layer. Pour on the diced tomatoes. Add the chicken broth and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, to taste. The liquid should just about cover the veggies. If you like more of a brothy soup than a stew, add more broth.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and easily breaks apart into pieces with a large spoon. Taste test for seasoning adjustments.

Amended from From gluten free goddess

Wellness Quick Tip

The secret weapon for winter wellness may be vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced when the sun’s rays hit our skin, making deficiencies common in winter. Many people report improvement in mood with only 1000mg per day. It also plays a role in strengthening our immune systems and keeping away the winter colds & flues. Next time you go to the doctor get a referral for a blood test. Always ask for copies of your blood tests so you can show other health practitioners and keep track of progress.

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