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Loaded Veggie Chicken Soup

Loaded Veggie Chicken Soup

I think Autumn is here to stay, finally! A nice crisp chill in the air means.. soup time! This soup is true to its name and loaded with veggies which is perfect for helping build your immune system. As much as I love fall, I could do without the germs it brings. Hot soup to warm you up, packed with nutrients to ward off any sniffles.

Ingredients:

1 32oz box of chicken stock
1 small onion
1 carrot
1 celery rib
1 garlic clove
1/4-1/3 cup white or brown rice
1 cup cooked chicken
1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 teaspoon garlic power
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
Salt

Makes 4 large bowls of soup

Method:

In a large soup pot heat butter over medium heat, add in chopped onion, carrot and celery with a healthy pinch of salt, stir and sauté 5 minutes. Add in diced garlic clove and all of your dried spices, sauté 1 minute longer. Next pour in your chicken stock, vinegar, rice, corn and chicken. Bring to a boil, stir and reduce to a low simmer. Cover and let the soup cook for 20 minutes. Lastly, take the lid off of your soup, taste the rice and make sure it’s tender to your liking and throw in your spinach. Stir and let the spinach wilt over low heat 2-3 minutes. Taste, add more salt if desired, and eat warm immediately.

              
This soup is great it hits all the notes for me. It’s an awesome way to stretch a protein and load the kids up with veggies. The rice makes it filling enough to feel like a meal, and the corn adds a nice sweet note and different texture. My tip for this one, dice your fresh spinach into small pieces, the big pieces of cooked spinach can be a hard sell for the kids, however all diced up and wilted into the soup it blends in more as part of the broth. Also feel free to throw in whatever vegetables you have, the recipe calls for corn, but if you have peas in your freezer or leftover, use those instead. The real star of this dish is the broth, so use whatever veggie combo your family will like best.

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