This easy chicken soup recipeis one wholesome bowl of deliciousness!
Last week our church pastor gave a talk about rest. I won’t recap it here, but the gist of it was we as humans are designed to rest. We need breaks, we need to relax, we need sleep; it makes us more productive and allows us to perform better each day. A few days after I listened to the talk, there was a short story on the radio about how lack of sleep actually causes our brain to shrink. Hearing that on the radio made my stop in my tracks. I felt that radio story was a sign because at that exact moment I had been running on less sleep than normal. I admit, I panicked. My brain was probably shrinking as I sat there listening. I DO NOT want to end up as a small brained, dull, lump of a person! Time to take action and fast!
I vowed to get enough sleep each night (8 hours) and I vowed my kids would get enough sleep too! I may have already shrunk my brain, but I can still save theirs. Bedtime would be enforced, I would nap each day (what? it’s for my health), we’d all be an uber creative and productive family! Then I took it a step further. Why stop at sleep? Let’s do nature hikes and play outside. Of course, let’s power up on good food too!
What food is better for you than soup? It’s comfort food that is wholesome and utterly nourishing. In order to fill us up with good food, I made this easy chicken soup with orzo (our favorite pasta), herbs, carrots, chicken sausage and fresh spinach. Spinach is an original super food, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and it’s a good source of omega fatty acids. My family isn’t generally fond of cooked spinach, but they loved it in this soup! I think it’s because I used fresh spinach and I didn’t add it until right before serving. That kept the spinach from getting overly wilted. After a bowl of this chicken soup for dinner and a good night of sleep, I was feeling pretty darn good about the size of our brains. Perhaps they can all be saved after all!
I’ve partnered with Produce For Kids to help promote Healthy Family Healthy Kids! This program was designed to help families and children make better food choices both in and out of the home. Produce for Kids is working with Meijer to raise awareness and money for this campaign that will fund local children’s organizations.
This is where you can help, add more produce to your grocery carts from August 31- Sept 27. All participating fruit and vegetable companies involved will make a donation to Jump with Jill; a music based health program specifically designed for kids.
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- 1 12 oz package chicken sausage halved and sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 32 oz containers salt free chicken broth
- 1 cup orzo
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- In stock pot heat sliced sausage until heated through, about 5-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Add olive oil to pan. Add onion and garlic, sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add carrots and herbs. Continue cooking just until carrots begin to soften.
- Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir in orzo. Continue cooking for 8 minutes or until pasta has finished cooking. Stir in sausage and spinach, stir. Serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 141 Total Fat 5g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 40mg Sodium 88315mg Carbohydrates 11g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Protein 12g
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