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My Goodness Soup

My Goodness Soup

This is a wholesome nourishing soup that I love to make when I need extra goodness for my body. It’s very economical and fuss free to make and I always cook up extra to last several meals. I love the simplicity of the ingredients and the light touch of star anise just makes this soup purely magical on the taste buds.



Tuscan kale is part of the cabbage family and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of all three antioxidants: beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. It is also rich in naturally occurring glucosinolates, which help in the fight against cancer.  Savoy and other cabbages also contain similar anti-carcinogenic phytochemicals and this wonderful vegetable is a good source of vitamin C, K, and folate.  Protein-rich foods such as chicken help nourish your immune system, repair the body and assist recovery.

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ingredients (Serves 4)

4 organic skinless and boneless chicken thighs  – about 650 g
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 brown onions, chopped
2 litres filtered water
3 star anise
1/2 teaspoon crushed peppercorns
1 bunch flat leaf kale  – cavolo nero or Tuscan black cabbage
1/4 Savoy Cabbage, finely shredded
1  – 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce


  1. Sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until golden in a large heavy based pot.
  2. Cut the chicken into bit sized chunks and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes until the thighs are lovely and golden.
  3. Pour over water and add star anise and peppercorns.
  4. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat.
  5. Cover and simmer the ingredients over a gentle heat for 1 hour.
  6. Slice the Tuscan kale and add to the simmering soup along with the Savoy cabbage.
  7. Stir through and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Season to taste with 1  – 2 tablespoons of tamari soy sauce.
  9. Spoon into serving bowls and enjoy.
+ notes & inspiration +

Add a little garlic or garlic to the stock before cooking.
Add Brussels Sprout (finely shredded) in place of the cabbage


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