Here is an easy-to-make soup from my cookbook, A Taste of the Good Life: A Cookbook for an Interstitial Cystitis Diet. Served with some crusty bread and a fresh pear, this soup makes a delicious and vitamin-packed meal.
Busy Day Chicken-Broccoli Soup
2 c. low-sodium chicken broth (see note*)
1 10-oz. can Campbell's Healthy Request Chicken Noodle Soup (see note*)
1/4 c. water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 c. fresh carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. cooked chicken, in bite-sized pieces
2 c. frozen broccoli florets
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
salt (and/or pepper) to taste
Add the broth and canned chicken noodle soup to a medium saucepan with the water and bring to a simmer. Add remaining ingredients to the soup, seasoning to taste with salt (and/or pepper). Simmer about 12 minutes before serving. Vitamin C: approx. 74 mg. per serving (about 120% of the adult RDA for vitamin C). This recipe also works well when you add leftover turkey.
Soup toppers : Give any soup a festive look and boost its vitamin C by topping it with a couple tablespoons of your favorite raw vegetable garnish. Any of these work well: alfalfa sprouts; shredded carrot; finely chopped green, yellow, or red bell pepper; minced fresh parsley; chopped fresh broccoli florets; or finely shredded raw red cabbage.
*Note: The key to making this recipe bladder-safe is the chicken broth and chicken noodle soup. Be sure to use brands that do not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). (Most broth and chicken soups do contain MSG). Health Valley and Hain both make MSG-free chicken broth. The manufacturer says Campbell's Healthy Request Chicken Noodle soup and Healthy Request Chicken Broth is MSG- free. Campbell's Low-Sodium Chicken Broth may work for you, or you can also make your own broth and freeze it.
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) you may find that broccoli produces intestinal gas and IBS symptoms. If so, try taking Beano (an enzyme product manufactured by Akpharma and sold in most drug stores) with your meal.