Sunday, January 31, 2016

Butternut-Squash and Kale Chicken Soup

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Winter's not over yet! This hearty soup will heat you up with the spicy kick of jalapenos! Not a fan?  Leave them out, and this savory soup will still become a regular "go-to" recipe! 

Ingredients:

- 1 lb. cubed, boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
- 2 Tbs minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 Tbs minced jalapeno peppers (optional)
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 4 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- 3 Tbs parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken breasts in an oven-safe pan and bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked through). Once baked, let cool and cube. Set aside.

Heat a large dutch oven or large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat. Add squash and sauté for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Remove squash from dutch oven and set aside. 

Add garlic and next 6 ingredients (through kosher salt) to your pan; sauté until vegetables are tender. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes. 

Add reserved squash to the pan, along with the kale and chicken. Cook until heated through. Add parsley and serve! Enjoy! 

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"It's not a short-term diet; it's a long-term lifestyle change." 
- Anonymous



Living Life Healthy

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With the continuing changes in the Weight Watcher's program; from counting regular WW points, to their PointsPlus program, and now their SmartPoints program, I have decided to eliminate the total-points calculations from my recipes.  

In a nutshell, my healthy, low-calorie, low-fat recipes will be just that.... healthy, low calorie, and low fat. You don't have to worry about the recipes now changing to become more unhealthy. It will stay the same, and you will continue to benefit from all the mouth-watering, sweet and savory appetizers, entrées, and dessert recipes that you did before.

Please feel free to share any of these recipes with family, friends, coworkers, and anyone looking to eat better, feel better, and live better! 


Bon Appétit!