This is what I ate for dinner tonight:
It was delicious. It also fits Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, which I have been following lately. I ate two bowls full with about 1/2 cup of fat-free cottage cheese and an apple. I know that the 17 Day Diet says I am not supposed to eat fruit after 2 pm, but I don’t care. I sometimes eat more than 2 pieces of fruit in a day too. I am such a rebel.
I sprayed a baking tray with EVOO using my new Misto Oil Sprayer, and then sprinkled Mrs. Dash Chicken onto 3 large chicken breasts before baking at 350 for about an hour. While the chicken was baking, I went for a run. My house did not burn down, and I wasn’t even a little bit worried that it would.
When I came home, I took the chicken out of the oven and let it rest to cool a little.
I chopped up:
3 large carrots
5 celery stalks
1 white onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
I threw all of the veggies in a soup pot with a spray of EVOO, and cooked over med-low heat until the veggies were a bit soft (I tossed the veggies in the pot as I chopped them, but I’d say it was about 10-15 min total).
Then I chopped the chicken breasts, and added 3 Tetra Paks of Campbell’s No Salt Added Chicken broth, 2 Tetra Paks of Knorr Vegetable broth and a can of Aylmer Accents Spicy Red Pepper tomatoes. I sprinkled in a dash each of Sage and Thyme, then added a packet of Old El Paso Smart Fiesta low sodium Fajita mix and 3 bay leaves. I let the soup simmer on low for about an hour before I dished it up to eat. Like I said earlier – it was delicious!
What I love most about soup is that I can make a giant pot, eat some, freeze some for quick meals at a later date, and leave a bit in the pot in my fridge to reheat for the next day or two. All of those meals from less than 1/2 an hour of actual work. Soup is my friend.