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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Whole30 Challenge - Day 10 and Delicious Crockpot Italian Chicken Soup Recipe

Nuts...I am going a little nuts here on day 10, and therefore I find myself eating a lot more nuts. I am craving chocolate, crackers, and pizza. In fact, last night I thought one of my lotion bottles that was lying on its side on my bathroom counter was a Snickers bar. Talk about cravings...this is a whole new dimension.

So, I have been eating a lot of nuts - mostly cashews, but today I couldn't find my normal organic cashews at Trader Joe's. So, I went for a bag of the Dry Roasted and Salted Mixed Nuts. They are working well for me too. I am not so sure that I am supposed to be eating that many nuts. But I am trying to take this journey one step at a time, and today I am eating them. Period.

On a more positive note, the dinner I made last night was as easy as pie and it was off the charts delicious!!! Want the recipe? Okay, I will share.

Italian Crockpot Chicken Soup

Put the following in a crockpot:
- 3 large or 4 small chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 14 oz. can of full fat coconut milk
- 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes with juices or you could also use fresh diced tomatoes
- one or two cloves of chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons of italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- other veggies you may choose. Next time, I am going to add in some mushrooms and spinach.

Cook over medium for 7 hours or so. Then just use two forks and shred the chicken. That is it! No fuss!

Ooooohhhh! This was so yummy! It was comfort food at its healthiest! Creamy, flavorful, the chicken was literally melting in my mouth, and I even had a little bit left over for lunch today with my salad. I am going to be making this recipe every week!

Enjoy a no-guilt, comfort meal!

55 comments:

  1. I understand having a 'nut' day; I've had some of those my self, but remember that you should only have about a handful of nuts in a day. They are high in saturated fats. Good but still saturated. Keep going! You are doing great!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder and the support! I am checking all my portion sizes again, and I am determined to get back on track and do my best through this whole challenge!

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  2. I am trying to use my crock pot more often. This will be a nice addition to the recipe box. Soup is the perfect meal when the weather turns cool.

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    1. This is one of my all time favorites!!! So good!

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  3. Do you think this would work with almond milk?

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    1. Hmmmm...I am really not sure. The coconut milk gives it so much creaminess, but I would definitely give it a try if coconut milk is not an option.

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    2. Let me know how that goes...I only use Almond Milk, too :-)

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  4. I understand about eating way to many nuts. I am thinking about starting Nuts Anonymous for all of the addicts out there. I do think its a better choice then what I have chosen in the past.
    The chicken recipe looks easy and delicious. I plan on making this tomorrow.

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  5. What kind of veggies would you add?

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    1. I have added mushrooms, onions, spinach, carrots...

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  6. How many servings does this make?

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    1. It feeds my family of 5 with a few leftovers.

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  7. I am not sure how using a whole can of full fat coconut milk makes this a healthy recipe?! Will the light not work as a substitute?

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    1. You can sure use the light, but it doesn't taste as creamy. Full fat coconut milk is a healthy choice, because it is full of good fats that your body needs. They also help keep you fuller longer!

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  8. using a hand mixer is soooo much easier then 2 forks for shredding chicken! :)

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    1. Wow! Never would have thought of that, but great idea!

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  9. anything else I can substitute for the coconut milk?

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    1. Good question. I guess you could try alternative milks, but you want something nice and creamy.

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    2. Do you think almond milk would work?

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  10. Do you know if this freezes well?

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    1. Great question! I can't see why not.... Let me know!

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    2. It does freeze well for the record! :)

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  11. It says put on medium for 7hrs. My crockpot only has the high low setting, would I cook it on low for 7hrs?

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    1. Hi Janet,

      I would just put in on high for 4 hours. You can play with it if you want it cooked longer or shorter.

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    2. It has been in my crock pot since 7 this morning on low. :) my husband gets off work at 5 so I am planning on taking it out a little before to shred then serve. (That is ten hours if I wait until 5) my crock pot suggests you cook it on low or high as well, but does have the warm choice. Either way it mmakes for such a yummy smell throughout the house. It depends on your crock pot too. Just play with it like Cara says. I know my crock pot heats really high so you just have to know what you're working with. :)

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  12. Be careful with that coconut milk! There are about 3.6 g of fat in 1 tbsp. and 3.2 of those are saturated fat...which is NOT the healthy fat!

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    1. Coconut milk is actually full of healthy fats. These saturated fats are much better for you than previously thought in the past. Enjoy the creamy goodness!

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  13. Wow talk about an outstanding and wonderful soup! This recipe was calling my name after a ton of rain in Houston, Tx. I'm also under the weather due to being caught in the rain two days in a row. I cannot wait to share this recipe and I personally will be making it time and time again!! The fact that's is gluten free, paleo andno guilt comfort food gives it 5 out of 5 stars in my book!!

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    1. Thanks, Whitney! It gets a 5 out of 5 stars in my book too! :-) Enjoy!

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    1. Just a little bit. It adds the perfect amount to this soup. Just perfect! :-)

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  15. I LOVED this soup. I poured the leftovers over a baked sweet potato too. So delicious. Thank you!

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    1. Yum! That sounds like a great way to use leftovers!

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  16. Amazing recipe. We love it. We used a bag of mixed frozen veggies (carrots cauliflower broccoli etc) with great results.

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  17. If I don't have coconut milk could I use regular milk and add coconut oil? If I am not concerned about fat, can I use cream? Or would it curdle?

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  18. If I don't have coconut milk could I use regular milk and add coconut oil? If I am not concerned about fat, can I use cream? Or would it curdle?

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    1. I would think the cream would curdle, but I am not sure. You can certainly try the regular milk, but the coconut milk really adds a lot of creaminess and a little sweetness.

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  19. What were your italian seasoning? Is it something you bought or did you combine seasonings together?

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    1. You can google recipes for making your own Italian seasoning blend. I've started doing this for all of my seasoning blends such as taco seasoning, Italian , etc. then I know exactly what's in them and I know I'm not getting all the added chemicals.

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    2. Yes, you can make your own. Or I sometimes get an already mixed blend at my local Co-op. You can use it for so many recipes!

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  20. it doesn't sound right to cook veggies for 7 hours in a crockpot...wont they be mush and lose every bit of nutritional value?

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    1. I actually end up cooking mine in my new clay crockpot for about 2 1/2 hours. Yes, they do lose some nutritional value, but almost every way of cooking and storage takes nutrients out.

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    2. -30 degrees out. Its a soup day. Cant wait to try this!

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  21. Ahh! really nice. Thanx for the share.. keep it up

    Crock Pot Chicken Breast Recipes

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  22. I LOVE this recipe. I have made it 6 or 7 times (including last night) since I found it...hands down one of my favorites. I just recently switched to a gluten-free diet and was so excited that I can still eat this!!

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    1. Good for you! Yes, you will find almost all of my recipes are gluten free. :-) Enjoy!

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  23. Has anyone tried making this on the stove with already cooked chicken?

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  24. Does anyone know the serving size and nutrition information?

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  25. I have not made soup often in my crock pot, but this winter since I am always cold, I will be doing that more often. This would be a wonderful recipe to try. Sounds great.
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  27. I'm all about the slow cooker lately. With the heat of summer, I like to toss things in and walk away til it's time!

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  28. I'm JUST starting the Whole 30 today after listening to It Starts With Food from start-to-finish on our 16 hour drive yesterday! Thanks for the first Whole 30 recipe I pinned! I'm excited for this delish soup!

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