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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Stone Soup

Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, the stone (being inedible) is removed from the pot, and a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all. Although the travelers have thus tricked the villagers into sharing their food with them, they have successfully transformed it into a tasty and nutritious meal which they share with the donors.

    The Stones:
  • 3 small, whole red or white boiler potatoes, cleaned and scrubbed
  • Soup Ingredients:
  • 1 quart (4 cups) filtered water
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 6 red or white boiler potatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 5 medium organic carrots, sliced
  • 4 organic celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced thick (or use 1 cup frozen green beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Seasonings
  • 1 tbsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 

  • 3 bay leaves

  • For Mom to Add:
  • 5-6 organic chicken drumsticks, skin trimmed
  1. Pre-chop and have ready all of the ingredients before inviting your children to help. (I use a one-quart jar to place the water and vinegar in. I also recommend placing the soup ingredients into separate bowls to make it easier for your kids to add them.)
  2. Read the book Stone Soup together.
  3. Then, have each of your children place one small whole potato (stone) into a 6-quart slow cooker. Have your oldest child slowly pour in the water-vinegar mixture. (If you really want to be silly, sing a funny made-up magical song to get those stones all jazzed up about making some delicious, healthy soup.)
  4. Next, have your kiddos add each of the soup ingredients, starting with the seasonings.
  5. To make it even more fun for little ones, place the pre-chopped veggies in various areas of the kitchen. That way, as you call out what you need for the soup, your children can take turns running around to find the requested ingredient.
  6. Finally, add the chicken drumsticks. Stir to evenly distribute soup ingredients, and ensure chicken is submerged in water.
  7. Cover and cook on low approximately 8 hours (or on high about 5 hours). Then, a half-hour before serving, carefully remove the drumsticks and allow them to cool slightly. Also remove and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  8. Use a fork to remove the meat from the bones (discard bones, or freeze for future bone stock). Shred the meat using two forks (or your fingers) and add it back to the crockpot. Stir to evenly distribute soup ingredients. Keep crockpot on warm for up to 30 minutes, until you're ready to serve.
  9. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls and enjoy the magical taste of healthy homemade stone soup!
Stone soup is magically delicious for kids of all ages – so you don’t have to have kiddos to enjoy the wonderful flavor of this healthy homemade soup!
Freezer Recipe: This soup makes a great freezer recipe. Simply place all of the ingredients (except for the water, vinegar, seasonings and chicken) into a freezer-safe container and freeze until you’re ready to make the soup. (If freezing the drumsticks, do so in a separate container and be sure to thaw in the frig before adding to your crockpot.) When ready, place the drumsticks in your crockpot, along with the seasonings. Next, toss in the frozen veggies and add the water and vinegar. Then, cover and cook as directed. Easy and delicious!

This recipe all though you can make your own up since stone soup only requires what you have to put into it was found here

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