Happy New Year, everyone!! This Chicken Soup with Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, and Greens is warm, cozy, delicious, and packs a huge nutritional punch. It’s gluten free, freezable, and inexpensive to make, and it only takes about 30 minutes to throw together! It’s a great way to start your new year off, whether you’re trying to eat healthier, save money, cook more easy meals at home, or meal prep with the freezer.
I love the feeling of a new year and the fresh start. As much as I love Christmas decorations, I love that clean feeling your house has when you take them down. Zach and I have a New Years Day tradition of taking down all the decorations and giving the house a deep clean. Sometimes, we’ll do a closet clean-out and donate a bunch of things we don’t use anymore. And we usually make some small improvements to the house.
This year, I made curtains for our master bedroom (it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find affordable curtains for tall ceilings, so I got some adorable fabric from fabric.com, sewed simple panels, and used curtain rings to hang them), dressed up our front door with a gorgeous succulent wreath that the folks at permaleaf.com were kind enough to send to me in exchange for a review (It’s seriously gorgeous and well-made. You can also find them on facebook and twitter.), and hung up the 2017 Paper Source wall art calendar (those grapefruits! They are so pretty!).
I’m especially excited to have a nice clean house and half of this soup still in my freezer because our little girl will be arriving any day now! I’m due two weeks from today. I can’t WAIT to see her little face and meet her. From what I can tell, she loves to eat (and kicks, HARD, every time I eat something particularly tasty), so I think she’ll fit right in to our little family. And yes, she kicked a lot when we had this soup :-)
Another great thing about this soup is how flexible it is.
Truthfully, I made this soup with leftover turkey from the holidays, and homemade turkey stock. I called it chicken soup because it’s not every day you have cooked turkey meat lying around, but you can use either. When I need cooked chicken for recipes for the week, I usually throw a whole chicken in my slow cooker with some water, salt and pepper, and onion, celery, and carrot scraps. This cooks the meat AND makes stock. You can even reuse the carcass to make MORE stock! You can also use rotisserie chicken meat (or any other cooked chicken meat) and store-bought broth for this if you want.
You can use whatever greens you want- baby spinach is probably the easiest to throw in, but I used beet greens. Kale, chard, or even arugula would work as well.
Not a fan of quinoa? Use rice or barley instead.
- Before adding the quinoa to the soup, give it a rinse in a mesh colander. I used to skip this and always found it to be a little bitter, but if you rinse it, it washes away a lot of the bitterness.
- Don’t bother peeling the sweet potatoes or carrots. Just give them a good scrub with a vegetable brush– you’ll save time AND get a boost of extra fiber and nutrients from the skin.
Recipe for Chicken Soup with Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, and Greens below!
|Chicken Soup with Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes, and Greens|| |
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 small sweet potato, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
- 2 cups packed greens (spinach, beet greens, kale, chard, etc.)
- In a large pot, saute onion, celery, carrot, and sweet potato in butter until softened (about 2 minutes).
- Add the quinoa, stir to coat.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the stock, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes (or until quinoa is cooked).
- Stir in the chicken and greens, and continue heating until chicken is heated through and greens are wilted (about 5 minutes)