Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m not sure where you live, but our Utah weather is crazy.  Last week, we had a foot of snow dump in the morning and by the afternoon it was melted.  Since Utah can’t decide whether it’s winter or spring, I’m taking advantage of these last few cold days by spoiling myself with this creamy chicken noodle soup.  I made it again tonight and literally want to drink the broth from a glass.  It’s creamy, comforting, and heavenly.  Am I the only one who consumed over soup recipes during cold weather?       I’m a big believer in tweaking recipes to make them healthier.  If you can’t taste a difference, why not make it healthier?  Creamy soups 90% of the time call for heavy whipping cream.  There are two types of fats: ones that cause health issues and ones that fight health issues.  Heavy whipping cream is a low nutrition, artery-clogging fat which nominates it as a bad fat.  Coconut milk’s fatty acids, on the other hand, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, improve skin and hair… blah, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  You won’t be able to taste a difference, but your body will thank you for substituting heavy whipping cream with coconut milk.   If you want to try out coconut milk in a couple more recipes, check out my Healthy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana or my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry. You won’t regret it.       I don’t purchase everything organic because it can start getting pretty pricey.  However, there are some things that must be an organic purchase.  Carrots are one of them.  I was...
Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping cream and butter in alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  When I mentioned it to one of my friends, she emphatically told me not to try it because she made a cauliflower alfredo recipe from Pinterest and it failed miserably.  Her husband made her promise, swear, and crosse-her-heart to never try it again.  Well, you know how I love a challenge.   I’ve had a couple recipe fails too.  The sauce wasn’t creamy enough or too thick or not flavorful enough.  However with a little tweaking and determination, by George I think she’s got it! I love LoVe LOVE making recipes taste so delicious that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested it out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleaned their plates and dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce!     Since I want you to skip all the fails and jump straight to success with this recipe, let me share a couple things I’ve learned.  A quality, good blender is a must!  I feel like I’m a broken record now, but I really do use my Vitamix daily.  I mention it frequently in my recipes because it makes healthy living so much easier and healthy eating so much tastier.  Whether you’re Team Vitamix, Team Blendtec, or Team Ninja, it’s time to invest or you’ll continue to miss out on...
Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken, broccoli, and pasta just belong together.  You can’t go wrong with combining these three ingredients.  On those busy ‘it’s 5 and I have no idea what I’m making for dinner’ days, I recommend having these ingredients on hand.  It will become one of your favorite easy go-to dinners.  It’s quick, flavorful, and healthy.  Your family will love it too.   For my gluten-free friends, I think the hardest part would be giving up pasta!  I’ve tried a few gluten-free pastas and think they’re pretty tasty.  My husband, however, does not agree.  So… you know I don’t give up easily.  My goal with anything healthy my husband dislikes is trial and error until something sticks.  I snuck Goldbaum’s Brown Rice Pasta into this dish and he cleaned his plate.  That’s code for he liked it!   For a whole wheat pasta option, I’m a fan of Garofalo pasta.  It tastes like Italy (prego… that’s Italian for ‘you’re welcome’).  It’s high quality with great texture and taste.  I can really tell a difference between this pasta and cheaper options.       Print Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Ingredients 3 Tbs olive oil 1 small sweet onion diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 14.5 oz canned organic diced tomatoes, 1 can drained and 1 can with juices 4 cups fresh broccoli cut into florets 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 Tbs Italian seasoning 3 large chicken breasts thawed and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lbs dry whole wheat or gluten-free brown rice penne pasta prepared according to package directions 2 Tbs fresh grated Parmesan cheese Instructions In a large skillet...
Basil Chicken with Quinoa

Basil Chicken with Quinoa

My husband has not been a fan of quinoa.  I usually sneak it in with my brown rice like in my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry so he doesn’t even know he’s eating it.  However, I don’t give up easily.  My Balsamic Quinoa Salad was my first success.  He loved it!  So, I just kept experimenting until I found another winner (meaning my husband cleaned his plate).  This juicy, grilled chicken coupled with flavorful quinoa and accents of tomato and avocado is to die for!     I’ve cooked chicken a million different ways… boiled, baked, fried, roasted, slow cooked, etc.  My most favorite is grilled.  The grill cooks chicken quickly but keeps the inside juicy and the outside a little crispy.  Oooh yum!  Since it’s hard to shovel snow off my grill during the winter, I purchased a George Foreman and use it all. the. time.  Especially with this basil chicken recipe, the grill makes its flavor pop!  I highly recommend it.       Let’s talk quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah).  It’s full of protein, fiber, amino acids, antioxidants, gluten-free, and lots and lots of nutritious yumminess.  I use truRoots Organic Quinoa and have really like the texture and taste.  I’ve tried other brands which turn out a little soggy.  Seriously, I can’t wait for you to try it in this recipe!       Print Grilled Chicken and Basil Avocado Quinoa Ingredients 10 chicken tenders thawed 1/2 cup olive oil 1 Tbs dried basil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 Tbs olive oil 1 cup chopped sweet onion 1 Tbs minced garlic 3 cups organic chicken broth 1 tsp black pepper 1...
Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup

I have several go-to, under-30-minutes healthy and delicious dinner recipes.  This fabulous Chicken Tortellini Soup definitely makes the cut along with my Baked Burritos, Stuffed Zucchini, and Simple Turkey Chili.  My talented friend, Erin, inspired this recipe.  She made a similar soup for us once, and my family fell in love with it!  Be prepared to have your family instantly hooked too!       I recently was fully converted to organic carrots.  I was snacking on a raw carrot until I realized my tongue start tingling along with a horrible aftertaste.  Pesticides?  Chemicals?  Who knows… but it was disgusting.  I only purchase organic carrots now.  They have been surprisingly cheap too!  I get a 2 lb bag for under $2.  No more tingling tongue.   Also, I’m a huge advocate for washing your vegetables.  Are you one to just rinse them under water and think you’re good?  Well, read this post where you can visibly see the difference between rinsing and washing.  I’ve tried numerous of washing methods and keep coming back to Fit: Vegetable Wash.  I’ve only been able to find it on Amazon or at Walmart.  I dilute it 50:50 with water and use it on everything without a thick skin or peel that’s not edible (bananas, avocados, etc.).  Completely worth the investment.  You’ll never be able to eat grapes without it again.     Don’t you love the vibrant colors of this soup?  Huge fan of recipes with several different natural colors.  Not only is it nice on the eyes, but also nice to your stomach and body.  Enjoy your quick, easy chicken tortellini soup.  Let me...

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