Monday, February 28, 2011

Skinny Soup in about 30 Minutes!!

There is just nothing better than making a big batch of soup when it's cold outside!!  It's a yummy & nutritious way to get lean & healthy AND it makes your whole house smell yummy too! But it CAN be time consuming!  I'm about to un-complicate your soup making process!!
Today I made a quick batch of veggie soup in about 30 minutes!  It makes a perfect meal or snack, it was beyond easy to make, PLUS you can buy all the ingredients at Trader Joe's,  for one stop shopping!   If you're a gourmet cook, you will probably want to cover your eyes on this one.   LOL!  This recipe is for someone who wants a quick & healthy meal, but may be short on time.  Or maybe you're just exhausted after a long day!!  Either way it's a quick Skinny Soup fix, and by adding protein & fat, you can make it a complete meal as well.

Your Trader Joe's Shopping List:
2 boxes of Organic Chicken Broth (one of them low sodium)
1 package of Green & Yellow beans (in the produce section)
1 Red Bell Pepper, 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 frozen package of Zucchini Squash & Carrots
1 package of Grilled Chicken strips (in the deli section)

How to make:
Cube the Chicken strips, place in a storage container and refrigerate.
Pour both boxes of Chicken Broth into a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Add 2 cups of water.  Once the water gets near the boiling point, add garlic powder, onion powder, basil flakes, Vegit Spike (the one with the yellow lid) Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Cumin and white pepper.  I do not cook with salt.  I prefer to salt each bowl of soup as I eat it.  This way, you will use less but you will taste it more! Add your chopped Celery & Bell Peppers. (Yes, you have to chop them)  Add your Green & Yellow Beans, Zucchini & Carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes.  That's it! You're all done!  And now your house smells yummy too!  You will love this soup!  It is YUM!!
If you want to make this soup a complete meal, weigh out 4 oz. of the cubed chicken, and add it to your bowl of soup.  By the way, you can use a fairly large bowl.  :) You will also want to add about 2 teaspoons of fat, such as Olive Oil or Flax Oil.  Maybe even Sesame Oil!  And you can eat Skinny Soup as a snack as well;  just fill a nice sized coffee mug, but do not add protein or fat!  :)

If you are one of the lucky ones who does not suffer from IBS, you can also use Onions, raw or crushed Garlic, Broccoli, Cauliflower and many other Cruciferous vegetables.  And you can use organic Vegetable broth, or Turkey broth in place of Chicken broth if you prefer.   I actually prefer to cook my protein myself; whether it be Chicken breast, Turkey breast, ground Turkey, or any other protein you wish to add to your soup to make it a complete meal!  But if you're pressed for time, the grilled Chicken strips do make it easy & will save you time.

Enjoy this yummy Skinny Soup while getting lean & healthy!
Until next time,
Be well :)