TMJ Diet: Quick Chicken Soup Recipe
Chicken soup soothes the soul. It also may soothe the jaw for those experiencing jaw problems and TMJ pain. It works well in a soft food diet and provides a nutritional and satisfying meal in just one pot. Chicken soup is also known as the quintessential remedy for colds, influenza and stress, not only in the U.S, but around the world.
Why does chicken soup comfort and calm your body? Probably because chicken is high in tryptophan, an amino acid that your body needs to get from food. Tryptophan helps your body produce serotonin, a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.
Why should you use whole-wheat noodles? Noodles are comforting because they provide complex carbohydrates that help you feel full and satisfied. Opting for whole wheat ensures the most nutritional benefits. Whole-wheat noodles contain vitamin E, B vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, protein and healthy fats. They are not difficult to chew because they are not a crunchy food and still fit into a soft food diet.
Making chicken soup from scratch can be time-consuming. It takes time to cook the chicken, season the broth and then defat and skim the broth after the chicken is cooked. This chicken soup recipe has a few shortcuts so that you can prepare this in about 30 to 35 minutes. Quick recipes make life less stressful when you have a lot going on during the day. And if you’re dealing with jaw pain and TMJ pain, then quick and healthy recipes can be a lifesaver. You will need to plan ahead to have the fresh ingredients on hand. Using a precooked rotisserie chicken is the most time-saving step. Miso is a key ingredient for the umami flavor, decreasing the need to add table salt. Umami means “essence of deliciousness” in Japanese. It provides a savory flavor and helps to deepen other flavors.
Miso is a fermented paste that adds the salty umami flavor and is used in Japanese cooking. It looks like peanut butter, but it’s traditionally made with soybeans, a grain like rice or barley, salt and koji, a mold. It lasts for months in the refrigerator. I prefer the white miso over the red miso. White miso tends to be less salty and more versatile. You can use miso to make salad dressings, glazes and sauces.
Enjoy this delicious and easy chicken soup recipe. Hopefully it will soothe the jaw and help with TMJ pain relief. (If you want to freeze the soup, remove the noodles.)
TMJ Recipe: Quick Chicken Soup
Choose organic ingredients when available
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
- 1 ¼ cups thinly sliced celery
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (9-ounce) dry whole-wheat ribbon noodles, cook 9 minutes
- 8 ounces skinless rotisserie chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Heat oil in a quart-size stock pot. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté for 10 minutes. Add stock, water, lemon juice, miso, pepper, and salt. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low, then simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in pasta ribbons. Cover and reduce heat to medium; cook 9 minutes or according to the directions on the package of the pasta. Stir in chicken and parsley. Serves 6.
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