Chunky Vegetable Soup (With Chicken)

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I designed this recipe to work as a standalone meal by adding protein (in this case, chicken), at the end, or to skip the protein and be served as a vegetarian (and gluten free!) side dish. You can modify any part of this recipe to your own personal taste and goals!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

4 green onions
2 celery stalks
2 cups of spinach
1 cup of peeled carrots (approximately 3-4 full sized carrots, I used baby carrots for convenience)
3 tomatoes (I’m using roma tomato here)
10 oz pre-cooked/leftover chicken, turkey, beef or whatever protein you prefer (tofu anyone?)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 cups water
Sea salt and black pepper

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Preperation:

Start by cubing your tomatoes. First slice each tomato about 1/2 inch thick, then cut the slices into 1/2″ squares

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Next, slice your carrots, onions and celery about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick (thinner slices will get softer, thicker slices will still have some crunch)

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Drizzle your olive oil into the bottom of a large stock-pot or dutch oven and heat on high for a minute or so.  If the oil starts to smoke very lightly, or appears to be moving, it’s ready.  Once the oil is ready, dump in your cut vegetables and spread them evenly in the pot.

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Let this cook on high for about 2 minutes.  This will caramelize some of the vegetables on the bottom, unlocking their rich flavors and releasing oils that will be picked up by your soup broth, while keeping the majority of your vegetables lightly steamed and full of their natural nutrition.

While that is cooking, throw your spinach into a blender or bullet along with 1 cup of water and blend it until the spinach is liquefied.

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After your 2-minutes of cooking, pour the spinach juice and 4 cups of water into the pot and bring everything to a boil.  If you plan on adding protein, now is a good time to cut it up into small chunks and toss it in the pot as well.

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When your broth changes from a bright green to more of an olive color (this will happen with or without meat) and your celery starts looking translucent, it’s ready to eat!

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Adding protein to this soup makes it a great standalone meal.  Leaving it out means you can eat as much as you want.

Either way, it’s delicious!

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