Hearty Chicken & Veggie Soup
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Recipe type: Main Meal; High Fiber; High Protein; Anti-inflammaory
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings - 11/2 cups
 
Searching for a meal you can make ahead and heat up all week long for lunches and dinners? Look no further. This meal is one of my favorite "one-pot wonders" offering an array of health benefits and a complete meal in one! You can keep in the refrigerator for a few days and freeze left overs, so you always have fresh, flavorful food in the house. Hope you enjoy as much as I do! Cheers, Julie
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup raw brown rice
  • ¼ cup barley
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed and picked over well
  • ½ cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over well
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt/ ½ tsp black pepper - or to your taste
  • 1 pound organic chicken breast - cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups organic veggie broth + 2 cups filtered water
  • 3-4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a large pot (except the spinach) and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and turn down heat to simmer.
  3. Cook for ~ 1 hour.
  4. Check seasonings and add extras to your liking.
  5. Add spinach and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Turn off heat and let sit a few minutes to absorb flavors!
  7. Sprinkle with parmesan, feta, or vegan cheese if desired.
  8. Enjoy and SAVOR!
Notes
- This recipe offers a lot of flexibility to modify it according to your preferences. Don't like lentils, then just add more rice and barley. OR try rice and millet. If you LOVE beans, then add more beans and forgo the grains.
- If you are vegan, you can omit the chicken and add cooked tofu or extra beans
- Like your soup with a little more flavor - add ½ tsp cayenne pepper to spice it up
**Note: I highly recommend organic ingredients when able, especially the celery, carrots, spinach, and veggie broth to limit your exposure to veggies that are high in pesticide residue.
Recipe by JBS Nutrition at https://www.jbsnourishwell.com/hearty-chicken-veggie-soup/