Darani’s hearty chicken noodle soup

This highly nutritious meal was 3 year old Ethan’s favourite during his elimination diet in the RPAH autism study.

1 whole free-range chicken
1 leek (halved lengthways)
1 tsp salt
1 cup red lentils
12 brussel sprouts or approx 1/2 cabbage
1 swede
4-6 sticks celery
4-6 shallots
1 cup frozen green beans
375g pkt Orgran rice and corn (5%) spaghetti noodles or Fantastic rice noodles

Place chicken in pot with leek and enough water to cover, add salt, bring to the boil and simmer until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Remove chicken and allow to cool a little. Strain stock, return to pot and add red lentils, then washed and finely chopped vegetables. Gently simmer until well cooked, about one hour. Meanwhile, remove skin and bones from chicken, finely chop or process and return to pot with vegetables. Add noodles and cook for a further 10-15 minutes. This usually makes enough to fill about 8 rectangular chinese take-away containers (2 serves in each for my son) which I then freeze and use as needed. Soup is very thick, more like stew really, and can be watered down a little if preferred.- Darani

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