Healing, Loving, Delicious Soup for a New Mommy

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This soup has a loving history.  My son John was born in Yuma, Arizona, far away from any of my family.  The day I came home from the hospital with the little bundle of love, my neighbor from across the street came over with a big pot of this soup.  She said it would improve my milk supply.  She was a maternity nurse, so it had to be true!  The beautiful part was that after I ate this soup, my milk came in full force!  Now 25 years later, I have made this soup for lots of new mommies and I tell them it is to bolster their milk supply. I was blessed over Christmas to be able to make this soup for my beautiful daughter in law, Tiffany.  It worked beautifully!  I think the secret key ingredient is lots of love.  

tiff and pookie

This dish starts with a healthy bone broth, which is so healing to the body, anti-inflammatory, and good for the gut.  There are three keys to a good broth: bones from a pasture-raised animal (the more joints and cartilage the better. I love to use chicken feet), handfuls of fresh herbs and flavorful vegetables such as onions, celery, and carrots, and a splash of something acidic such as wine, vinegar or lemon juice. Click this link for my broth recipe http://bellsbestberries.com/bone-broth-with-herbs-left-from-the-market/.  I normally cook my bone broth in the crockpot overnight, then strain out all the bones and veggies with a colander, and the broth is ready to use!

Once you have your broth, here is how you make this soup:  

soup for a new mom

Ingredients

  • Pot of bone broth (about 2 quarts). Don’t use sage in this broth because it can inhibit milk production.  Use lots of anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, fennel, parsley etc.  
  • Barley (Although I normally don’t eat grains, this has lots of fiber for a new mommy’s bowels and works well)
  • Your favorite chopped meat  (I normally just use chopped chicken, however for a new mommy, I added chopped organ meat to help rebuild lost blood and strength)
  • Two leeks (prebiotic fiber!)
  • Eggs (pasture-raised!)
  • Bacon, pork belly or hog jowl with no chemicals from pasture-raised animal (good fats!)
  • Fenugreek (encourages milk production)
  • Salt and pepper

Putting it together

Put the finished bone broth in a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil.  Add about 3/4 cup of barley and simmer about 45 min. When the barley is done, chop up the leeks about 1/3 way up the green part and toss in the pot, along with the chopped meat and about a teaspoon of fenugreek. Let simmer another 15 min. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. While the soup is simmering, fry out some fresh bacon, pork belly or jowl.  Fry out an egg or two, but leave the yolk really runny. Spoon the soup into bowls. Gently place the soft egg on top. Crumble the pork on top. Add a little more salt and pepper on top. If you have fresh parsley, chop a little and put it on top. Fill it with all your love and prayers and serve it up. 

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Ingredients
  1. Pot of bone broth (about 2 quarts). Don't use sage in this broth because it can inhibit milk production. Use lots of anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, fennel, parsley etc.
  2. Barley (Although I normally don’t eat grains, this has lots of fiber for a new mommy’s bowels and works well)
  3. Your favorite chopped meat (I normally just use chopped chicken, however for a new mommy, I added chopped organ meat to help rebuild lost blood and strength)
  4. Two leeks (prebiotic fiber!)
  5. Eggs (pasture-raised!)
  6. Bacon, pork belly or hog jowl with no chemicals from pasture-raised animal (good fats!)
  7. Fenugreek (encourages milk production)
  8. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the finished bone broth in a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Add about 3/4 cup of barley and simmer about 45 min. When the barley is done, chop up the leeks about 1/3 way up the green part and toss in the pot, along with the chopped meat and about a teaspoon of fenugreek. Let simmer another 15 min. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. While the soup is simmering, fry out some fresh bacon, pork belly or jowl. Fry out an egg or two, but leave the yolk really runny. Spoon the soup into bowls. Gently place the soft egg on top. Crumble the pork on top. Add a little more salt and pepper on top. If you have fresh parsley, chop a little and put it on top. Fill it with all your love and prayers and serve it up.
Notes
  1. This dish starts with a healthy bone broth, which is so healing to the body, anti-inflammatory, and good for the gut. There are three keys to a good broth: bones from a pasture-raised animal (the more joints and cartilage the better. I love to use chicken feet), handfuls of fresh herbs and flavorful vegetables such as onions, celery, and carrots, and a splash of something acidic such as wine, vinegar or lemon juice. Click this link for my broth recipe http://bellsbestberries.com/bone-broth-with-herbs-left-from-the-market/. I normally cook my bone broth in the crockpot overnight, then strain out all the bones and veggies with a colander, and the broth is ready to use!
Bell's Best Berries http://bellsbestberries.com/
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3 Responses to Healing, Loving, Delicious Soup for a New Mommy

  1. Loretta Melancon says:

    The Magic Nana does it again!!

  2. Ruth says:

    Everything about this post is beautiful and love filled.

  3. MOM says:

    Sounds delicious, Robin. I want some! I am so glad you were there for the birth. I can’t wait to see him and them.

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