Paleo Recipe - Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup – Good for the Soul!

In a previous post, I mentioned that we bought a whole hog, literally, from a local farm. I picked it up late last week and made pork chops Sunday night. In my never ending quest to cook once, eat as many times as possible, I made extras. I also took the bones from the chops and cooked them overnight and through the next day in the crockpot with an onion to make bone broth.

As I sliced the leftover pork chops up Sunday night I immediately envisioned a hot, steamy bowl of soup from a Chinese restaurant. But what kind!!!

After a busy Monday and surveying the contents of my fridge I decided on egg drop soup with extras…

This soup allows for a lot of variation (as does any soup really). Here is what I did:

Egg Drop Soup
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
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A quick and tasty meal that the whole family can enjoy and comes with a great many health benefits.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Fresh Chives - Chopped
  • ⅛ Teaspoon (0.60 g) Ground Ginger
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.5 g) Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 3 Cups (710 ml) Chicken Stock
Instructions
  1. • Prepare a saucepan and place over a medium to high heat. Pour the chicken stock you have into the saucepan.
  2. • Add the chives, ginger, and salt to the stock and let it boil.
  3. • Whilst waiting for the stock to boil, get a bowl and place the eggs and yolk in it. Whisk the eggs and yolk well.
  4. • Let the stock boil and using a fork, drizzle the whisked eggs into the saucepan. The boiling stock will immediately cook the eggs.
  5. • Once you’ve finished drizzling the whisked eggs into the stock, remove the soup from heat.
  6. • Serve while warm and enjoy!
This type of Paleo diet soup is the perfect partner for any fried food and can even be your own comfort food. You may even add ingredients that you want, like a few vegetables, herbs, spices or meat you like. This soup, also called egg flower soup, is a staple in Chinese households and restaurants, and each has variations of their own. Perhaps this is because China is where this warming soup comes from. It is believed that China and Egypt already knew about eggs from domesticated fowl can restore a person’s energy easily, and this is noted as early as 1400 BC. Although there is no exact record of the date when egg drop soup was created, ancient China is its likely home.

Paleo Diet Recipes - Egg Drop Soup

It’s not just in China or Chinese households – there are also some variations in other countries. Western and Asian countries have embraced this simple yet truly warming soup. In Japan, the tsukimi udon or soba is their own version of egg drop soup, having a whole egg unscrambled and dropped in the soup. Throughout Asia, this Chinese soup is presented in restaurants and some try to keep to its original taste and the traditional way of cooking it.

In Western cuisine, most versions feature local ingredients mixed well into the original flavor of the soup. In Italy, parmesan cheese and egg is combined for their own egg drop soup version called stracciatella. In Russia, there are different egg drop soups available, depending on the region you are ordering it in. Austrian egg drop soup is called Eierflockensuppe, which has scrambled eggs mixed with flour, creating egg dumplings in the soup. American egg drop soup is perhaps the simplest, just using cornstarch to thicken the soup and is mostly called egg flower soup.

Paleo Diet Food - Make Your Own Stock

Although the soups may vary in taste, one important ingredient in all recipes is the stock. And while people are now given the convenience of buying powdered or canned stocks, making your own stock is still the best option. Stocks bought in the supermarket are meant to be easy to make, so you should expect the taste and the ingredients are not as good as homemade. But this is not just about the taste, it’s also about the health benefits. So before you go to the supermarket to get ready-made stock, here are some of the health benefits you’ll get from homemade stocks using any Paleo diet recipes that might change your mind:

Helps Reduce Inflammation And Joint Pain

Stock in soup doesn’t just calm your body it can also help reduce any inflammation and joint pain. If you have a bad case of arthritis, having a soup with any bone stock can actually help. Stocks made from bones contain glycosaminoglycans, a type of carbohydrates that can help reduce pain in bones and connective tissues. The amino acids in the protein content of the gelatin from bone stock can help to ensure that the connective tissue in our joints remains healthy.

Paleo Diet - Helps With Pain

Healthy Skin And Stronger Bones

Your skin, hair, and nails benefit from the collagen that stocks contain. You’ve heard of it several times especially in beauty products, and having it in your food is an approach that won’t cause any kind of negative side effect. Your bones also benefit from stock as it contains a high amount of calcium since most stocks are made from bones. Stocks are also rich in magnesium, which helps the bones absorb more calcium.

It Aids Digestion

Stock in soups not only warms your belly, it also heals and helps it. When you use homemade stock it has a lot to offer in terms of helping the digestive system. First is glycine, an amino acid that helps produce stomach acid. Glycine also helps in bile acid production, which can break down and digest fats. Another is glutamine, another amino acid that can heal any damage in the lining of your intestines. Glutamine is a known remedy for constipation, chronic diarrhea and may even help you in some food intolerances.

Paleo Diet Food - Aids Digestion

Indeed, having homemade stock in your own soup can be a healthier choice. Making your own stock is also economical since you only need bones from any type of meat. Now you have a reason not to discard those bones! You can even make batches of your own stock, place in an airtight container and place in your fridge or the freezer. So the next time you want a satisfying and warming soup, this egg drop soup Paleo recipe and your homemade stock is your best bet!

Will you make egg drop soup at home? What will you put in yours?

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