I recently learned that thyme, parsley, broccoli and celery may help prevent breast cancer, which is great news. Even better news: I have an awesome recipe that uses all those ingredients. Why not love yo’self by fighting cancer with a delicious dinner?
My parents made this tasty twist on chicken soup frequently when I was young. As soon as I learned it could help me fight cancer, I asked my mom for her recipe. She adapted this beloved meal from a recipe in an old go-to cookbook. Her recipe brings the flavor and tons of health benefits.
So you already know that thyme, parsley, broccoli and celery rock. Chicken is always a good protein choice. Black beans are a superfood. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins. Spicy food, like the chipotle used in this recipe, is good for your metabolism. And buttermilk has all kinds of health benefits itself, including improving digestion.
Of course, with all this goodness packed into one recipe, I couldn’t keep it to myself. I had to share the love. And did I mention how yummy it is?
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup broccoli stems, diced
- ½ cup carrot, diced
- 1 white onion, diced
- ½ cup celery, diced
- 1 tablespoon thyme, finely crumbled
- 1 tablespoon oregano, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon chipotle seasoning
- 4 ½ cups chicken broth
- 2 cups broccoli florets, diced
- 1 can black beans (16 oz.)
- 1 pound chicken grilled chicken, cubed
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- hot sauce, to taste
- 2 cups buttermilk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat, then add the olive oil. Add broccoli stems, carrots, onion and celery. Sauté until onions start to become translucent.
- Stir in spices and sauté until you can smell the spices.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add broccoli florets, beans, grilled chicken, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add buttermilk and simmer 5 more minutes.
- Salt and pepper (and add additional hot sauce, if desired) to taste.
Do you have a favorite dish from your childhood that you now know has loads of health benefits? —Megan