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Stay Warm and Healthy for Dinner Tonight

Super Easy Delicious Soup Recipe By Jennifer Dixon MBA ERYT 500- With the nasty cold weather that’s been hitting us this week, I was inspired by Kristy to try to come up with something that would help warm me up, keep me healthy, and feed me…EASILY.  Because let’s be honest. “Aint nobody got time for that.” (ie cooking.)

Especially this time of year, it is really important to help keep your body healthy and the easiest way to do that is via resting well and eating well. You can see this in both Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, when it’s cold, eat warming foods like soups. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good soup.  I also love things that can be made in as few pots/pans as possible.

I was super proud of the most recent concoction that came out of the kitchen yesterday and I wanted to share it with you.  I wanted to do this for two reasons (1) to show you that it is possible to eat healthily and easily and (2) to show you that I could, in fact, cook.  (sometimes, my husband forgets this. hehehe)

I’m going to call this Jennifer’s Super Easy Chicken and Veggie Soup.  

I let it simmer about 4 hours in what I think is the coolest slow cooker on the planet (or West Bend Versatility Slow cooker)….mine is like 10 years old so I’m scared to death that something is going to happen to it, but this link is a newer version which seems even cooler…but  you can use any pot or slow cooker you’d like. You can also eat it much sooner (I had a test mini bowl after about half an hour.)

Ingredients

  • Rotisserie Chicken (I got mine at Sams)
  • Bag of frozen mixed veggies (I got mine at sams, the kind with broccoli, squash, peppers, etc) but you could use whatever kind you like
  • Minced Garlic (I just used some from a jar.)
  • Onion (I used a medium-sized yellow Onion)
  • Chicken Stock (I got the cheapest Organic I could find, but Kristy does sell some amazing Chicken Bone Broth)
  • Bowtie Noodles (because I have children which will make the meal more palatable for them for some silly reason, but I didn’t eat it with noodles the first time.)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Add the Chicken stock and as many frozen veggies and deboned rotisserie chicken into your crockpot.  (You could use a stock pot and cook this in like 20-30 minutes since everything is basically cooked, but I love a crock pot so I let mine simmer a few hours.)
  2. In a small frying pan, pour a little Olive Oil in and brown ½ a small onion and a couple of spoonfuls of minced garlic with some salt and pepper.  (this helps bring out the flavor of the garlic and onion.) Pour the browned onion and garlic into the pot with the veggies, broth, and chicken.
  3. Add more Salt and Pepper to taste.
  4. Cook
  5. If you want to add the bowtie noodles, boil some water with a little salt and Olive OIl and cook the noodles a little al dente (because they’ll get softer in your leftovers ;))

Seriously, that’s it!

You put the noodles in the bottom and then add the soup on top and voila, you have a super healthy, warming, and tasty easy meal that’ll please even the picky youngsters…My son even asked for more!!  (My daughter ate all her chicken but the veggies were a bit of a struggle per usual.)

 This is definitely not super foodie but it is very easy, very tasty and super quick (just the way I like  it. haha)

What are your favorite cold, wet wintery day meals?  I love a good and easy slow cooker meal, so send it my way!  Help me feed the family and stay warm!

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