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.