Sunday, January 3, 2010

Ultimate Lean Chicken Soup

This time of year most people are trying to start eating healthier and make better choices when it comes to their meal planning. My Ultimate Lean Chicken Soup © recipe is the perfect addition to your new clean eating program. I prepare this recipe in a large stockpot and then divide in mini containers for the freezer and glass jars for the fridge for future use during the busy work week.

Ultimate Lean Chicken Soup © is one of my special recipes I prepare for my clients. Unlike some dishes, most soup recipes don't have to be followed precisely. You can add a little more or a little less of an ingredient, or you can make substitutions. Children most often prefer pasta like acini de pepe, pastina or egg noodles.

I keep brown rice or whole wheat orzo (shown) cooked in a container so it is ready to use whenever I am hungry. I keep the grains in a separate container, sometimes I want to enjoy the soup plain with chicken and the mixed vegetables. I top it off with a small amount of grated cheese and fresh chopped parsley. Soup is a great addition to your afternoon salads or to enjoy as a mini meal.

Soup is so comforting and really satisfies a large appetite, try incorporating soup into your meal plan. It's so easy and so versatile. You can add anything you like, chopped escarole, baby spinach, chopped zucchini, mini sirloin or turkey meatballs, etc.

Fill a large stockpot with water and a Whole Chicken or Chicken parts (I used just split breasts in this one for less fat content). Bring pot to a full boil and skim the top off. Add tons of Carrots, Celery, Onion, Salt & Pepper to taste, and simmer a few hours. That is usually what I start with and then add other vegetables I have on hand, anything goes! When soup is done and totally cooled off I remove the chicken and separate from bones. Place chicken back into soup, then store in your containers.

Bon Appétit!

Ultimate Lean Chicken Soup on Foodista


greta said...

Keep the recipes coming!!! I have tried almost all of them with great success. They are not only healthy but they taste great. Thank you for sharing.

Desiree Marini said...

Looks delicious Renee!

Chris H said...

YUM, we love soup too... though it's a bit warm here right now for hot foods!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Easy, peasy, just how I like it : ) Soup is something I dearly miss. I keep waiting for it to get so cold that I can't resist but alas, it's 75 degrees out. Maybe in a few weeks it will get cold, maybe.

Reneé DeLano said...

Thanks Greta, Desi, Chris & the Fitness Freak! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Carrie said...

Just saw a good recipe for chicken soup yesterday, but this one looks better. Hot soup on cold, misty day in the NW sounds divine.


I am eating chicken soup right now...soo good for this weather in NYC...this one is next on my list

Reneé DeLano said...

Thank you!