Monday, June 15, 2009

Stay Healthy And Energized With This Warming Winter Soup

Today I'd like to share with you an important follow up to my last post - how to prevent flu attacks with Bikram and smart winter foods. I say this is an important follow-up because it's all about the food part!

One of my favorite smart winter foods is my spicy vegetable and chicken soup. It's yummy, it's totally healthy, and it definitely fills me and keeps me charged for my next Bikram class. Best of all, it takes less than 10-minutes to make. Now that's what I'd call the perfect food, wouldn't you?!

Kat's Spicy Vegetable And Chicken Soup
  • Moredough Kitchens vegetable stock (I like this brand as it has no added rubbish, but you can subsitute your own)
  • 500grams chicken thighs (use breast if you prefer but the richer darker meat is actually much better for health, immunity, and weight management)
  • 1/2 a celery, including the leaves
  • Large handful fresh green beans
  • 1/2 a cauliflower
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 1 tin organic lentils (purists can soak dry lentils overnight, but this is where I'm a little lazy!
  • Organic chilli flakes (1-2 teaspoons, depending on taste)
  • Plenty of certified organic sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 glasses of purified water
  • 30 grams feta per person
  • Fresh basil or coriander (optional)
Putting it together is pretty simple. Quick-chop the vegies (I like to use organic vegetables for the added taste and nutrition), and throw them into a pot with the stock and 3 glasses of water. Use a medium heat. Add the whole chicken thighs to the mix, and the recommended spices. Add the lentils as well.

Leave until it comes to the boil, and then drop to a simmer. After about 20-30 minutes, use some tongs to pull the chicken out. Allow to cool, and then loosely shred, before mixing back in. Add salt and pepper again if needed. Leave for about 30 minutes (although you can serve earlier if you're getting hungry!)

Serve with fresh torn basil or coriander, and some feta.

Finally, sit back smug in the knowledge that you had a yummy dinner at a low-cost and that it was extremely good for you! Oh - and to save a bit of extra time after work, pre-chop your veg in the morning.

Do you have any tips for smart winter recipes? Leave a comment below. Alternatively, contact me with your queries on this or other food and yoga related topics, and I'll try to answer your question as a post.

Food for Yoga. Food for Life.

Kat

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