Soup is one of my top 5 things to cook and eat. I love one-pot dishes because they are easy to make, are usually healthy by default of ingredients, and are fun to eat.
After I saw Sarah make this soup last week, I put it on our “Meals” Google Calendar. She declared it “DEE-EFFING-LISH and I have to say it was fantastic! It’s a Rachel Ray Recipe and we made quite a few changes to lighten it up. Here was the inspiration: Creamy Chicken-Apple Chili.
- A little over half a pound of chicken tenders (frozen/thawed yesterday)
- 1 apple
- 3/4 cup leftover black beans
- 1/2 a red bell pepper
- A jalapeno from our garden
- 1 carrot, for fun
- 1 cup chicken broth (homemade/frozen/thawed)
- 1/3 cup 1% milk
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp EVOO for browning chicken, which we also coated in 1 tbsp AP flour
- 1 clove garlic (he convinced me to add it!)
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat fancy shredded Mexican blend cheese (from TJ’s) on top (1/4 cup per person)
It really was awesome!! Creamy enough with just the small bit of milk with lots of delicious chunks. And the cheese melted perfectly!!
Plus some crunch on the side (and maybe the reason I love soups – I always have them on the side!)
I am really enjoying my nutrition classes!! I like both profs a lot and it’s so fun to talk about menus and health. Today we were talking about hospital menus and our professor said in response to the menus we’re planning for assignments in an authoritative voice: “ONE THING YOU WILL NOT FIND ON A HOSPITAL MENU: GOAT CHEESE.” Ahhhh! I can’t plan menus for hospitals if I can’t use goat cheese!! (She used it as an example because it’s super expensive).
After class around 3:30 I decided to have a Jimmi LaraBar on my commute home more as a means to delay hunger than to cure it since I planned to go to the gym right when I got home. This was my first time having Cashew Cookie. I liked it a lot!! Pecan Pie and PB are my top favorites, and also the chocolate coconut one, but I did like this. Two I haven’t liked: Ginger Snap and Cherry Pie. They were just meh – nothing special. I REALLY want to try Coconut Cream but I can’t find it!
I also had a watermelon slice when I got home –
Workout was great. Sunny and nice out for the bike ride there. I did 30 SWEATY minutes on the Stairmaster and then pushed myself hard with upper body lifting, including pull-ups, which I did 10 of (at 70 pounds assistance) with complete ease. Ahhhhh…much better.
Since I worked out late today and just have Organic in the morning and Micro tomorrow night, I am going to take the opportunity to run around Rock Hill right after class tomorrow. I’ve been wanting to explore the quaint Southern neighborhoods on the outskirts of campus and it seems like a fun day to do it. And I’ll get to catch up on last night’s sleep. I feel kind of bad moving my workouts around so much because for a while I was the Queen of 5AM Exercise, but I guess I gotta live my life as it works best these days.
My goal was to be in bed by 9pm tonight – I have -1 minute to get there!