Going Organic, Easy Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
by Kristina Blasen (2011)
My son loves Chicken Noodle soup. I think eating chicken noodle soup is fine, but companies like Campbell’s add preservatives that don’t need to be in there and when it is canned soup the metal from the can itself can leach into the food. There is a lot of information about this danger and studies have been done on BPA-related chemicals leaching into food (which is common). Check this out http://www.ewg.org/reports/bisphenola (2007) if you want to learn more about those studies.
Here’s the ingredients in Campbell’s Double Noodle Soup:
CHICKEN STOCK, ENRICHED EGG NOODLES (WHEAT FLOUR, EGG SOLIDS, EGG WHITE SOLIDS, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), CARROTS, WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SALT, MARGARINE (CHICKEN FAT, WATER, BETA CHICKEN FLAVOR (CONTAINS SALT & FLAVORING), POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, ONION POWDER, DEHYDRATED GARLIC, SPICE EXTRACT, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE & SPICE.
I checked out Eden foods organic canned goods since they don’t use BPA in their cans to see if they had a good alternative to Campbell’s, but they didn’t so I went to plan B, making my own homemade and trying to get a recipe as close to the familiar version so my soup-lover would actually eat it!
INGREDIENTS IN MY SOUP:
2 pts. no-chicken organic broth (I used Pacific, but be VERY careful with this, read the label and make sure all ingredients are organic vegetables and spices with no preservatives or anything added. Beware of modified yeast which is basically 78% MSG.)
1 bunch organic celery, chopped
1 bag organic baby carrots, whole
1 large organic yellow onion, chopped
sea salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon organic garlic, chopped
3 organic chicken breasts (I cook them in there whole then take them out later and chop)
1 16 oz. package organic noodles (organic durham wheat)
Add all ingredients except the noodles to the CrockPot and cook on High for 2 hours. Remove chicken and chop on cutting board. Return chopped chicken to pot. Depending on when dinner is…turn to low/or keep warm setting until almost time for dinner.
Make the noodles separately in the last 15 minutes on the stove (according to package directions) and add them last or they will get mushy and lose their shape. I used twist noodles since my son likes those and they are more kid-friendly.
For the adults: I add a handful of spinach or kale for greens to my bowl and put the soup on top.