Soups are one of the most versatile dishes. These one-pot meals can be easily prepared to provide a healthy meal for the family. This homemade chicken vegetable soup is filled with good nutrition, hearty, and filling.
Soup: Jamaican Style
Saturdays in Jamaica are typically a soup day. Almost all households will prepare some kind of soup in the Jamaican “style and fashion.” Jamaican soups are very starchy, rich, and flavorful. The most common type of soups I grew up enjoying are:
Chicken Foot Soup
Cow Foot Soup
Red Peas Soup
The ingredients used to prepare these different kinds of soups give a different flavor profile and their distinct aroma can easily be identified by passersby.
In my opinion, the star ingredients of most Jamaican soups are Cock Noodle Soup Mix, Pimento, Thyme, and Scallion. You can click on each ingredient to be directed to where you can purchase.
The soup in the blog is one of my favorite soups to make. Most of the ingredients used in this recipe stay true to a Jamaican culture or style of making soup.
Here are all the ingredients and instructions.
Homemade Chicken Vegetable Lentil Soup.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
How To Make Jamaican Style Chicken Vegetable Lentil Soup.
Here Are The Steps For Making the Soup.
(1) In a large pot, add 4-quarts water and 16 oz chicken stocks; bring to boil.
(2) Chop each chicken leg into 2 pieces and add to boiling liquid.
(3) Cut Vegetables (carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, ginger, and celery) into rough-cut cubes; add these and the crushed whole cloves of garlic to liquid and stir.
(4) Add the whole baby spinach, thyme, lentil, and pimento seeds.
(5) Add chopped scallions.
(6) Allow to cook and marry each other for another 20-30 minutes.
♦♦As the vegetables and lentils cook, they release some of their starch into the broth and thicken the broth.
To Marry or Not To Marry
♦♦The liquid portion of the soup is the baseline, The broth is what holds the flavor that is released from the ingredients of the soup. It is very important to use ingredients that will complement each other. The more they are compatible, the sweeter the marriage.
♦♦The ingredients can either be adjusted or replaced with other ingredients as desired. Bear in mind that this can alter the flavor and/or consistency of the soup.
Organic or Not?
♦♦ Some of the ingredients I used to make this soup are organic. They are usually a bit more expensive than the non-organic versions, but can be found equally priced. Vegetables, and even fruits, that i know the skins will be eaten, I most often opt for the organic versions. My go to grocery store is The Whole Foods Market
Check out my most delicious Meatless Monday Vegetarian Soup Recipe. You will love it!
Jamaican Style Soup
This chicken vegetable lentil soup is healthy rich.
Jamaican soups without pimento, thyme, scallion, and a soup mix is like rum cake without rum. These are the star ingredients that flavor and savor the soup.
The Chicken Vegetable Lentil Soup is packed with good nutrition.
This soup is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins: A (beta-carotene, B, C, D, E, and minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium, just to name a few.