Many of us dont find time to cook something healthy at home. Instead, we go to fast food chains such as McDonald’s or Arby’s. Well, I am sure that this does not help you in staying healthy. That’s why I put together a simple recipe for healthy chicken soup in 30 minutes that will feed you the entire week (lunches). Try this healthy recipe and let me know what you think about it.

Ingredients:
2lbs of healthy 100% natural chicken breasts
half bag of mixed vegetables
2 onions
1 small bag of baby spinach
1 bag of green onions
16 oz of yummy mushrooms (optional)
spices (salt, pepper, etc)
half of lemon (or lemon juice)

soup potMake sure you have a good size pot. I dont remember the size of the pot I have at home, but it is pretty decent size and I can feed 10 people easily with one cook off.

Fill the pot with water (half way only)

CIMG4431Cut your healthy chicken into small cubes and put them in cold water. Remember, to never put any meet in hot water. I will post my tips about cooking in my Tips section.

CIMG4433Well, I started to cook at 9pm. I finished about 9:30. I encourage to cook right not in a hurry. Sometimes depending on the products you are going to use in the soup it may take a little longer to cook. For example, if I add mushrooms and green peppers, then cooking time may increase by another 10 minutes.

chicken for borschStart cooking your chicken. Once it starts boiling too much, reduce the heat. Make sure that you collect all the foam from the top of the water. Also, in order to preserve the vitamins, cover the pot with the lid.
b2ap3_thumbnail_CIMG4136.JPGCut onions into small cubics. If you start crying while cutting the onions, get closer to your sink with the streaming water. Don’t rub your eyes with your hands, because it will cause you to cry more.
b2ap3_thumbnail_CIMG4139.JPGIn this recipe I excluded green peppers. I would recommend to put whatever you want. But since it is a quick version of the soup, I just added white and green onions.

CIMG4436Yumm, all the vegetables in one bag. I dont need to go and search for carrots, peas, corn, and other ingridients. Everything is in this bag. Just add it to your soup.

CIMG4438Add your green onions and mixed vegetables into a pot with chicken and white onions in it. I added half of the bag. It should be plenty.

CIMG4440Cooking time is 18 minutes so far and we are almost done with the soup. Just a few touch ups and soup is ready. Meanwhile, relax and wait for another few minutes before adding more ingredients.

CIMG4441Make sure to cook your soup under the covered lid. You want to keep all your nutrients in the water so you can eat healthy chicken soup and not just plain soup.

CIMG4442Always try to cook your food under small steady heat. Dont try to increase your heat in hopes that you would get soup cooked faster. By increasing the heat, you increase chances of all nutrients to “fly away” from your healthy soup pot.

CIMG4444I like to add spinach to my food. I never doubted in an incredible healthy power of spinach. Just like Papaya, who was a strong man who ate a lot of spinach. Add spinach almost at the end of your cooking.

CIMG4445The soup is almost ready. After you added spinach, you have to let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Then add your favorite spices, and if you wish, add some lemon juice and garlic. Garlic during the winter is always good to eat, it prevents you from getting cold.

CIMG4446Serve your soup to yourself, friends and family. If you have left overs, you can poor the soup into your lunch containers and take them to work. I had enough soup for the entire week of lunches.
Enjoy!
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Originally I am from Ukraine. Came to the US in 2005 with $1 in my pocket. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2009, I graduated from Utah Valley University, with a computer science major. I have worked for an x-ray company as an Applications Engineer or also known as a Technical Sales Engineer for 9 years. In 2015 I have started a new career adventure with FOSS North America as a Regional Sales Manager. Currently I am pursuing my MBA degree from the University of Utah (2016). Outside of work, I like swimming, blogging, traveling, movies, spending time with my friends and listening to music. I am a personable, dynamic and earnest. So far I've traveled to Ukraine, Russia, Portugal, England, Croatia, USA (California, Chicago, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and a few other states). My curiosity does not stop there, so I continue traveling for work and pleasure. One of my favorite quotes: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain I have written a little poem about me: I can be sweet, I can be mean, I can see things, and say what I mean, I can pretend but deep within me I'm always Vitaliy, and always have been. If you would like to learn more about me, please don't hesitate to contact me. Regards, Vitaliy

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