My love for Asian foods and soups forced me to get creative in the kitchen.
I have learned to re-create some favorites using migraine-friendly ingredients.
Over the summer I started making a very simple and absolutely delicious soup. I call it “my healing soup” because it is jam-packed with nutrients.
I also call it my “migraine friendly pho” because it is a soup with rice noodles (Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup).
To make this soup, I use homemade chicken broth. I make a short cooking time broth because it has decreased amounts of tyramine, histamine and natural MSG levels which make it less likely to trigger a migraine than most broths. You can find the recipe here.
If you prefer to buy pre-made broth, I tolerate Pacific Organic Free Range Chicken Broth the best in regard to migraines.
Makes 2 Large Bowls
2 Cups Shredded Chicken (white or dark meat–your preference)
2 Cups Chicken Broth
3-4 types of vegetables *I always use chopped carrots and sliced green onions*
Other vegetables that I have used include: kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, cauliflower, cabbage, purple cabbage
Coconut Oil (You want to use “Whole Kernel, Unrefined”, “Virgin Coconut Oil” because it has a slight coconut taste which give this soup an Asian flare)
Toasted Sesame Oil (This is AIP Reintroduction, omit if you do not tolerate it)
1-2 Cups cooked rice noodles (use Zucchini Noodles “Zoodles” if you are following AIP and have not reintroduced rice)
Chop and slice veggies (if you are using cabbage or brussels sprouts, I recommend slicing those veggies very thin)
I recommend always using the carrot/green onion combination because it adds a nice flavor to this soup
Saute veggies in coconut oil until tender
Heat broth and chicken
Make your Healing Bowls
1/3 Cup Chicken
1/3 Cup Rice Noodles or Zoodles
1 Cup Broth
Top with sauteed vegetables
Add 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil, 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil, 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Salt to taste (you may wish to add more garlic powder and sesame oil to taste also)
If you tolerate rice noodles, you might enjoy using these rice noodles for a migraine friendly pho (it is the brand I use).
*AIP tip: If you do not tolerate Toasted Sesame Oil, omit it from soup. I have enjoyed this yummy soup both with and without it.
**Rice is not part of the AIP diet however many people with autoimmune conditions find that they tolerate it well. I have been able to add rice back to my diet without difficulty which is why I use rice noodles.
If you also eat rice, you can make a yummy variation on this soup by substitution rice for noodles.