Homemade Southwest Chicken Soup

Ok, it’s taken me forever to finally sit down and write this, it’s because i don’t measure everything and throw it all together, but I’ve done this twice and it’s been great both times, so here it is.

Y’all know I’m not good at measurements, so everything is kinda approximate so feel free to adjust to your taste.


  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8-9 mini sweet peppers
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 box organic chicken broth
  • 1 jar/box organic chicken bone broth (I make mine or buy Kettle & Fire)
  • 1 box organic veggie broth
  •  4-5 tsp taco seasoning (made from Wellness Mama’s recipe)
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can/bag black beans
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 c sprouted rice
  • 2-3 sprigs cilantro
  • Himalayan salt
  • Black Pepper
  • coconut oil/ghee

As with most of my recipes, I started with 2 sauteed onions, I add 3-4 cloves of garlic. I also add turmeric and oregano. I usually start most of my meals this way. Onions and garlic are gut healing. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and oregano is good for the immune system. I also add Himalayan salt and black pepper (the black pepper activates the turmeric).

While the onions start to cook down, I start the broth. I add chicken bone broth, chicken broth, vegetable broth, filtered water, fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, corn, cilantro, sweet peppers, squeeze in the lime, and add taco seasoning. Bring to a boil.

Once the onions have cooked down a bit, I add them to the broth. I leave a few onions in the pan to flavor the chicken while I’m grilling it (via stove top). My family prefers chicken thighs. I buy organic when I can, when I can’t I buy as natural as I can find. I prep the chicken thighs by sprinkling them with all of the above spices including the taco seasoning. I grill my chicken in coconut oil or ghee. Once the chicken is completely done, cut it up and add it to the soup.

Bring all of the above to a boil. Boil for approx 30 min. Add rice, cover and reduce to low/low-medium heat for approx 40 min or until rice is completely cooked. Stir occasionally so rice doesn’t stick to the bottom.

And the next time I make it, I’ll take a picture because I don’t have one to share. If you try my soup, I’d love to know how it turns out for you! If you read this and it doesn’t make sense, just let me know, I might have forgotten something, but I think I put it all in there for y’all.

Where I buy:

A lot of the ingredients above, like the sprouted rice,

I purchase online via Thrive Market. As a member of Thrive, I have saved thousands of dollars on groceries over the past few years. When you purchase a Thrive Market membership they donate a membership to a disadvantaged family, that’s awesome!


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Puppy Love = Healthy Puppy Food (The Raw Way)

Meet Phoebe!

Meet Phoebe! All 1#13oz of her!

YAY, ME!! I just finished making my first homemade batch of dog food. Yes, I said dog food… I know… crazy! I don’t even cook most of the dinners in our house (Thankfully, my hubby is a great cook)! I didn’t even make my kids’ baby food. Have you read the label on baby food? Carrots have carrots in them, that’s it, just carrots. Green beans have green beans, and so forth… not a big deal. Have you read the label on some dog foods? We’re talking too many ingredients and big words that nobody can pronounce.


She really is too cute! 

I want to give my puppy the best food I can. So, as any good mom does, I started my research. I spend a lot of time and money trying to decrease the amount of chemical exposure my family gets. I don’t go overboard, everything in moderation, but I do what I can. Why should the puppy be any different? My brother’s Boykin Spaniel had oral melanoma. How does that happen? It had to be something that he ate, right?! I could be wrong, but dogs seem to have a lot more health problems today than they did when I was a kid. Maybe I didn’t notice it so much, but it just seems like there are a lot more dogs with seizures, diabetes, cancers, anxiety, etc. Not delving into that topic right now, there are certainly multiple theories.

So, not far into my searching, I started reading about raw diets for dogs. There are multiple resources, so I read all that I could, and learned that raw for dogs is kinda like Paleo for people. Back to the basics of what our ancestors ate. Wolves are the closest ancestors to our modern canine companion, so that is what the raw diet is based on. Think about dogs killing and eating rabbits and other varmints; they ate the entire animal, bones, organs, muscles, all of it. FYI-Raw bones are not at risk for splintering like cooked bones, cooking dries out the otherwise pliable tissue.

One of the important things I learned was that you need to go ALL raw meat or ALL kibble, mixing them is when problems arise. Kibble is digested slower than raw meat. Raw meat is digested quickly and therefore doesn’t allow harmful bacteria (like Salmonella) enough time in the gut to cause harm. Canine stomachs have a very low pH which helps kill any harmful bacterial too. There are quite a few rules to raw, so I would recommend doing your research before starting, and making a plan with the proper transition time.

Now, about Phoebe’s new food! Turkey with spinach and carrots, yum! This little puppy must have known I was doing my research. I tried multiple puppy foods, and she didn’t like anything. (She did however like the sweet potatoes I gave her. 😉 ) All raw food has to have a protein base, I chose turkey because it seems to be the least allergic. Phoebe is itchy, and we have ruled out everything but food allergies. So, I wanted to avoid the most common food allergens for dogs, and my vet and another friend recommended ground turkey. I wanted to add something that was green (think about how often your dog eats grass) and another veggie.

My recipe, which is a first time try (and is very bland because of the allergy thing), may need supplementing, but it’s a start for us:


  • 2 – 48 oz rolls Jennie O ground turkey 85/15 (has rosemary extract added)- higher fat content than lean
  • ~2-3 oz of fresh organic spinach – chopped
  • ~8 oz of organic shredded carrots – blanched and chopped. Our puppy is little, only 3.5# right now, you probably don’t need to chop for big dogs.IMG_9406
  • Add a small amount of coconut oil to the food when it is served, >few drops, but <1/2 tsp. This is a great supplemental essential fatty acid (EFA). I will probably add more supplements as we go.

This recipe was developed from reading multiple raw food recipes and figuring out what might work best for Phoebe, so far, we’re good, she cleans the bowl! 😉

Loves it!

Loves it!


I mixed everything together and stored it in BPA free Freezer Safe Gladware. The storage options took a short amount of research, GLAD did a good job with the BPA free labeling (Thanks, GLAD!)

Phoebe's section of the freezer :-)

Phoebe’s section of the freezer

I stored enough for 2+ days worth of meals in each container. I have projected that the above will give me enough food for 2 weeks. This is for a 3# puppy, so obviously would be different for bigger dogs and will increase as she grows.

**Raw meat needs to be properly handled, and the area and supplies sanitized well. Humans can easily get sick from not cleaning well after handling raw dog food.**

I look forward to trying other foods with her in a couple months. For the next 2-3 this will be all she eats. It can take 8-12 weeks for foods to completely leave a dog’s system. Hopefully, we will see Phoebe’s scratching decrease in these couple months. If so, we get to add new foods, but only one at a time (just like with babies).

Pets quickly become family. The first day we got Phoebe, I knew what love at first sight was. If you don’t, just get a puppy. 🙂 Easier said than done though…  I’ve been wanting to get a puppy (for my kids 😉 ) for a while now. Having a puppy is similar to having a new baby in the house, especially having one that is so little (with a little bladder) and has to go out at night (glad that didn’t last too long). Even with all the new chores around the house, I wouldn’t trade this part of the journey for anything, it’s wonderful! #puppylove

If you don’t have a pet, and you have kids, get a pet! If you have a pet and you don’t have kids, that pet might like a kid or 2 to run around with (just sayin’). If you don’t have either, try one, you might like it! 😉 If you’re allergic, suck it up, so am I!

It’s all about Enjoying the Journey, so come along! 🙂