Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Chicken Zoodle Soup

I was gearing up for a Whole30 at this time last year. While I may not ever do another Whole30 I still am so grateful that I learned how to make healthy and delicious meals through that experience. (I may share more of my overall thoughts on Whole30 later---would anyone be intersted in that?) 

I discovered a lot during my Whole30 about how sometimes grains can make me feel. I learned that I actually prefer my hamburger without a bun (wrapped in lettuce or in roasted sweet potato buns) is preffered. I also learned that I enjoy chicken soup more when I leave out the noodles. It's crazy, but true. 

This recipe for chicken zoodle soup is delicious and filling. And best of all, it's super simple to throw together! It's a family favorite around here and it's become a wintertime staple. 

whole 30 soup recipes


 5 cups chicken broth (compliant if you're doing a Whole 30)
 2 cups diced carrots
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups shredded chicken (recipe for preparing the chicken in crockpot here)
4-6 small zuchinni (spiralized into "zoodles")
1-2 tsp Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
*optional 1 tsp of apple juice for sweetness (compliant apple juice if on Whole30)
*optional if not on Whole30-1 cup frozen sweet corn 

-Prepare chicken in crockpot and shred

-Put all ingredients in a pot, stir, and bring to boil until soup is warm and veggies are tender. 

*Note: You can add more or less vegetables (or broth) depending on your preference. This recipe  is really easy to adapt--you'll just want to add more/less chicken, salt/pepper, seasonings, etc. As you change the amounts. Play around with it to find the version that suits you best. 

* I personally don't find a need to add sweetness. I think it may be because I've added corn and the carrots have their own sweetness as well. 

Do you have any healthy swaps that you've learned to love? 

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