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Chicken, Red Dates and Ginger Soup + Giveaway

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The morning of the day that I gave birth to Chloe at home, 7 years ago, I met up with a few moms including my friend, Heng Ou, at the park. She talked to me about her three births and how she was nurtured by others in the first 6 weeks after each birth. The theory of nurturing the mother after birth was foreign to me. I had always been focused on the idea that as new mothers our job was taking care of a baby and all of their needs in the first few months of their life, but what about the mother? Birth within itself is a powerful and exhausting experience. A mother needs nonstop nourishment to her own body and soul at this time while she’s also giving herself fully to her sweet new baby.

Heng has been supporting women through this massive transition and adjustment with her incredible food and knowledge for years. As new mothers we read so many books to prepare ourselves for our new baby and their needs. Heng’s new book, the The First Forty Days, is an essential read for filling a new mama’s soul for her postpartum journey. It includes nourishing soups, to help with milk production as well as tons of restorative recipes to revitalize her body.

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I first experienced the ancient Chinese tradition of zuo yuezi, or sitting the month, after the birth of my first daughter. Just days after little Khefri’s arrival, my Auntie Ou, a long-time acupuncturist, showed up at my door bearing a satchel of strange looking ingredients (think: chicken feet and goji berries) and a list of clear commands: I was to trade work, hosting, and any other kind of stimulation for rest, warmth, and quiet bonding with my new baby. I was also to eat nutrient-dense foods that support lactation and healing. This focused period of rest, recovery, and specialized eating after the birth of a baby is not unique to China. Cultures around the world believe that taking time to retreat and heal after your baby’s arrival will lead to long term health and vitality, and a happier mother and baby. Whether you have forty days to dedicate to recovery from pregnancy and birth or a much shorter window, eating the right foods can help balance your hormones, boost your energy, and increase your milk supply.

Chicken, Red Dates and Ginger Soup is one of my favorite dishes to make for new mothers as it is deeply warming and makes for a hearty meal for the whole family.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!
1) Christina H
2) Lori B
3) Jennifer F
4) JJ W
5) Carla T

Giveaway Details

Prize: Five (5) lucky Weelicious readers will receive a copy of the The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou. I have not been compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Duration: This giveaway will be open until Thursday, June 9th at 11:59pm.

How To Enter: Leave a comment below. For more chances to win, share this giveaway on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ with the hashtag #WeeliciousGiveaways, and leave a separate comment for each letting me know you've done so.

Who Can Enter: Open to residents in the U.S.A. and Canada.

How Winner Will Be Chosen: The winner(s) will be chosen at random and will be notified via email. The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Chicken, Red Dates and Ginger Soup  (serves 6-8)

  • Prep Time: 40 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs,
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The morning of the day that I gave birth to Chloe at home, 7 years ago, I met up with a few moms including my friend, Heng Ou, at the park. She talked to me about her three births and how she was nurtured by others in the first 6 weeks after each birth....


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds whole chicken or parts
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, peeled
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, unpeeled and halved
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 chinese red dates
  • 3 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • sea salt


  1. 1. Place the chicken in a medium pot, and add enough cold water to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, uncovered.
  2. 2. Once boiling, add the onion and ginger to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 40 minutes. Remove the lid occasionally to skim any foam off the top and discard.
  3. 3. Remove from the heat. Move the chicken to a plate to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken. Return the chicken carcass and 1-2 cups of the shredded chicken back to the pot. (Save the remaining shredded chicken for another use.)
  4. 4. Add the carrots and dates to the pot, and simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Add the gogi berries and cook an additional 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
Chicken, Red Dates and Ginger Soup

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  1. Tyneisha

    June 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I tweeted

  2. Tyneisha

    June 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Oh I bet this is a fantastic read!!

  3. Tara

    June 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!

  4. Clarissa Ma

    June 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Shared on Facebook!

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    June 7, 2016 at 10:05 am

    shared on g+

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    June 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    shared on pinterest

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    June 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    shared on twitter

  8. sharon B

    June 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Shared on Facebook

  9. sharon B

    June 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This book looks interesting. I think it will have a lot of great recipes. I don’t think people really understand the days after a woman gives birth. Society has taught us not to rest but to jump right back into life where we left off the day before the baby was born.

  10. Robin w

    June 7, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Would love to get this book for my next pregnancy,

  11. Clarissa Ma

    June 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Shared on Google+

  12. Juliaen

    June 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

    This book looks very interesting! I wish I would have come across this book before I had my children.

  13. JY

    June 5, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    would love to win this book!

  14. Neda J

    June 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    great idea to share such healthy recipes for mothers!

  15. Sunnie

    June 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Interesting and good giveaway, I am expecting my third baby at the end of this month, but I think it will be sooner than that!

  16. lisa franklin

    June 5, 2016 at 5:52 am

    totally believe in this concept. i felt abandoned in many respects after giving birth and believe women so need this type of support.

  17. blima

    June 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

    yum hope to win

  18. Katie

    June 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I lovedhow the women and mothers on Maui took care of me when I had my baby there. Just starting to form a community here in Seattle. I know several expectant moms.

  19. Amanda D

    June 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I’ve got a mama group, and some of us are starting to think about #2. This book would give us some great ideas on how to take care of each other.

  20. Stephanie Bencivenga

    June 4, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    It is great to read about ways to support mothers.

  21. Zoe Bellinghausen

    June 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    This looks like a great cookbook. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Allison L

    June 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Wow- I’m really looking forward to reading this!

  23. Karly

    June 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    This is as very interesting approach – I currently have a five week old sleeping on my chest and wish I had read this before delivery!

  24. Susan

    June 4, 2016 at 7:04 am

    This looks amazing. Simple yet super healthy. Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Christina Hum

    June 4, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I tweeted

  26. Christina Hum

    June 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I posted on Pinterest

  27. Christina Hum

    June 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    This sounds like a lovely book to have. We’re moving away from family and so won’t have my Chinese grandmother around to make these types of nourishing foods for me when our 2nd comes along.

  28. Lisa

    June 4, 2016 at 6:56 am

    What a lovely, eye-opening and supportive post … thank you.

  29. JJ Wong

    June 3, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I would love to win this! I’m so intrigued by this book. My Asian mom often indulges us with food like this soup. Good luck to all!

  30. kari

    June 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm



    June 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    what a great recipe!

  32. Gracie

    June 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    If c-section, replace chicken with pork

  33. Niki

    June 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    This soup sounds very nourishing for new moms as well as women in general. A must try in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Dana

    June 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    This sounds interesting-every mom should have these recipes

  35. lori byrd

    June 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Very interesting!

  36. Diana

    June 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Wow! I wish I knew about this book with my first child!

  37. Amber

    June 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This cookbook sounds so interesting and delicious!

  38. Julie

    June 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    In my younger days, I use to make fun of some of my Asian ancestors’ practices but I have always embraced the nutritional offerings. This Grandma has been looking for a recipe which will boost Grandpa’s immune system an this “fits the bill” – sounds like a wonderful publication as it falls in line with the newest western craze of “bone broth”

  39. Adrienne Gardner

    June 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    This sounds like an amazing tradition and great book!

  40. DT

    June 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    sounds like a wonderful book!

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    June 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Shared on Twitter!

  42. Mia

    June 3, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    My mom, who is Korean, always made seaweed soup and pumpkin juice after the birth of my two children. That soup sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for posting!

  43. Clarissa Ma

    June 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Shared on Pinterest! @clarissama

  44. Clarissa Ma

    June 3, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  45. Robin

    June 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

    What a wonderful give away! Thank you for the opportunity.

  46. Yvonne Bennett

    June 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

    This soup sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  47. Kristin Weber

    June 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful story. This inspires me to keep up meal calendars for my new Mommy friends.

  48. Erin B

    June 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

    What a beautiful book and tradition!

  49. Becky

    June 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Can you substitute medjool or other dates for Chinese red dates?

  50. Kristin

    June 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Yum! Will be trying this recipe. Would love a chance to own the book as well.

  51. Concepcion Lichtenstein

    June 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    My whole family, including two toddlers, loved this soup!

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    June 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

    oh THAI

  53. Jlau

    June 3, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Having just delivered my last of three children, I’ve never valued these traditions as much as I do now. My mother and mother-in-law from the time I was in the hospital till I came home, my fridge had a constant supply of ginger chicken broth that I would drink throughout the day. Thank you for touching on this chicken soup tradition of healing the soul. We tend to forget about the moms once baby arrives!

  54. Juliet

    June 3, 2016 at 10:24 am


  55. Candace Galan-Calderon

    June 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I would really like to read this!

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    June 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I’m expecting my second baby in November and would love to have this book!

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    June 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for such a great opportunity to win this fabulous book!

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    June 3, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Wow!! I can’t wait to make this great recipe.

  59. Sasha

    June 3, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Wow, I’m expecting my 2nd baby and I wish I had known some of this for my 1st. I’d love to win this book!

  60. Carla

    June 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Looks great

  61. Michelle Smith

    June 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

    My sister is having her first baby in August. I would love to provide her a copy of this book and help her in the first few postpartum weeks while I am still visiting where she lives. Thanks for sharing!

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    June 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

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  63. Anne

    June 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

    This book would be a treasure which I would cherish. Creating lovely appetizing coups and meals is wonderful. Thanks.

  64. DJ

    June 3, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This recipe looks so delicious and the book sounds great!

  65. Marie S.

    June 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

    The soup looks great. Looking forward to giving it a try. The book sounds very interesting. Thank you for the recipe an chance at winning the book.

  66. Jenna Ferraiolo

    June 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I’m an acupuncturist and this book would be amazing to have to help new mothers in my practice recover after giving birth.

  67. Jennifer

    June 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Never thought of using dates like this!! I have to try this.