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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Pot of Gold

There's nothing more basic, more fundamental, more comforting or more versatile on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet than a huge pot of chicken broth. Basic - because what could be easier than throwing a chicken into a pot along with onions, celery, carrots, leeks and garlic; fundamental - because your broth is the first, healing food you will make when starting the diet and will continue to form the base for a myriad recipes; comforting - just smell your house once it gets simmering to feel the warmth; and versatile - because the diversity of soups and other recipes it will inspire is too long to list.

This particular pot served us well as the base for Italian Wedding Soup, French Onion Soup and Minestrone Soup, while the meat was tranformed into chicken croquettes and curry chicken salad!  The pot of navy beans boiling beside it were reserved for the future Minestrone Soup.

To make the broth:

Add your chicken, carrots, onions, leeks (optional), celery and garlic to a large enough pot of water to fully cover the chicken and vegetables. Simmer for several hours until the meat falls off the bone. Cool and remove the meat and vegetables that you can easily lift out, and put these solids into a colander on top of a large bowl. As this sits, broth will drip through the colander into the bowl.

- Carefully pour the remaining liquid broth through a colander into another large bowl. Pour slowly and have a second large bowl at the ready in case you need it.

- Fully cool the broth in the fridge -- ideally overnight so you can remove any fat that comes to the surface. The broth can then be stored in containers in your freezer for future use or turned into soup (see recipe below).

- Separate the boiled chicken from the vegetables, which you can discard -- most of the vitamins and minerals have been cooked out of them. Separate the meat from the bones, discard the bones and use the meat as you wish. The Chicken Croquette recipe in Breaking the Vicious Cycle is an excellent use for this very tender meat. 

Italian Wedding Soup:

- Chicken broth

- Homemade SCD meatballs

- Cooked spinach

- One or two eggs

- Salt and Pepper to taste

Start by making a batch of SCD-legal meatballs by mixing ground beef with an egg and herbs of your choosing. Roll the meatballs very small and bake in the oven until done. Set aside.

To a pot of the broth add chopped, cooked spinach. Bring the broth to a boil and very slowly drizzle in one or two raw, well beaten eggs (start with one and decide if you want to add another). The eggs will form noodle-like strands and thicken the soup.

Now add in the cooked, tiny meatballs for a totally satisfying and delicious meal!


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This diet may not work for everyone but if you have a choice between scary possibilities (high-risk medication, extreme surgery, eventual bowel cancer) or a little self-restraint and denial (avoiding some foods you might like), then the choice to me is clear. Everyone with these sorts of problems should at least TRY the ideas in this book, down to the letter, for at least a month, and see how they go.
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- Penelope

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