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The Coziest, Healthiest Chicken Soup

Cozy Chicken Soup | Covet Living | photo via Chassity Aull Evans

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Over the holidays, when I was freezing my ever-loving tuckus off in Indiana, my old buddy Nichole from Charleston (who is always stirring up über healthy, delicious food in her kitchen) posted a picture of a pot of chicken soup that made me foam at the mouth.  So in a desperate need to defrost, and to take a night off of my Pizza King binge, I decided to take Nic’s soup for a spin.  It was SO delicious (and so easy, and so healthy) that I wanted to share it with you guys.  Below is my tweaked version of her recipe.  Enjoy!!

The Coziest, Healthiest Chicken Soup | Covet Living


-white meat from 1 rotisserie chicken
-5 carrots, peeled and chopped
-4 celery stalks, chopped
-3 leeks, chopped (I had to watch this tutorial to figure out how to chop ’em)
-1/2 onion, chopped
-32 oz (4 fluid cups) water + 1-1/2 tablespoons of Better than Bouillon (chicken flavor)
-1 garlic clove
-about half of a large container of spinach (5 oz) – you can also use kale
-about 10 basil leaves (1 oz)
-shake of s&p
-splash of evoo
Heat EVOO in a crock over medium to medium high heat.  Sauté carrots, onions & garlic in oil for a few minutes stirring occasionally.  Then add celery (give that a minute or so), then fennel.  Give 4-5 shakes of salt, then of pepper.  Stir everything around to make sure veggies are evenly coated.  Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then add 1-1/2 tablespoons of bouillon.  While that’s busy boiling, pull the white meat off the bird.  Add chicken to veggies, stir.  Then add bouillon, bring soup to boil, and simmer (partially covered) on low for 10 minutes.  Just before serving, fold in spinach and basil until cooked/wilted.  Serves 4.
-I would’ve been cool adding more fennel, spinach and basil.  The more the merrier.
-The basil makes this whole thang.
-Nichole added white beans to hers.
-I wish I would’ve tripled this recipe so I could’ve eaten it for days.
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Hungover? Drink this.

Didja have one too many pops last night?  I did on Friday night.  And by “too many,” I mean 2.5, because I have the tolerance of an 8th grader.  I also hurled myself head-first into a bowl of chips & salsa at Casa Machado, which didn’t help.  But what does always help me the morning after is throwing some earthy goodness into the juicer and putting some nutrients back in my system.  This is actually what I drink as soon as I get up every day – it just comes in *extra* handy on the weekend mornings you wake up sweating out and smelling like Sauvignon Blanc.  I usually use the ingredients below, plus a fat bulb of ginger:

If you add even half of that apple or the orange, you really don’t need to add honey or anything sugary to it.  I’ve tried adding spinach and kale, too, but they don’t yield a lotta juice (they might be better served in a Vitamix).  Lemons are also good for detox.  And so is hot yoga.  And while we’re at it, couch-surfing and watching TNT 80’s movies is also a stellar way to recoup.

Happy Sunday kids!