It is December now, and winter is coming. In preparation for that, my palette has craved nothing other than a variety of stews and soups these last two weeks, and my body seems to be in fat-storing mode- I have not had the motivation to exercise in over a month now. The good thing about eating soup and stew is that I am not eating a many carbs and can sneak in protein. I’ve always been lured by the idea of chicken noodle soup; how could I not be, what with all the “mmm-mmm good” commercials? Luckily for me, local grocery stores have started sending out quarterly newsletters with recipes and health tips. One such newsletter had a simple veggie-loaded chicken noodle soup recipe, which I adapted with vegan chicken griller strips for my diet. If you do eat meat, feel free to use real chicken. However, if you use real chicken, be mindful to let the stock simmer on low for 10 minutes after everything is added to make sure the meat is fully cooked (or so they say, what do I know?)
Here is the adapted recipe, and I don’t think it took me longer than 30 minutes max to make:
For 2-3 servings
4 cups veggie broth or water if you don’t have broth
Sprig of fresh parsley
½ oninon, minced
1 carrot, minced
¾ medium length zucchini, peeled and shredded
1/4lb fettuccine pasta
3-4 roasted Simple Truth vegan chicken griller strips
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste
2-3 stalks green onion, diced
1. Boil pasta in separate pot
2. In a saucepot, boil broth and let it come to a simmer. The original recipe called for a sprig of thyme; all I had was frozen parsley and it worked great in this soup.
2. Add onions and carrot to the stock. Once onions are tender, add the rest of the vegetables except for green onions; also add pasta when it is cooked.
3. In separate saucepan, grill chicken strips in a bit of olive oil. Once cooled shred and add to stock.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Ladle into deep bowls, add green onions as garnish.
Enjoy with crackers, bread, or on its own- it has protein and veggies! I think I even said “mm mmm mmm mm mm” as I had this for dinner. Pathik just eyed it and saved it for later, but I think he knew why I was so happy once he finally tried it 🙂