Saturday, February 8, 2014

Clean Out the Fridge Soup

Last night I came home to thawed chicken and a sick husband. I threw together a delicious soup from the remnants of my fridge and pantry which means this can be made on the fly with whatever you have on hand. While slurping up the last spoonfuls, I got to thinking a soup is a great recovery meal. Or it can be. Throw together a food from each category and you have yourself a one pot wonder (my recipe is bolded):

Carbohydrates (Try something new; it won't go wrong in this stew!)
Energy and glycogen stores

  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
Muscle growth and repair
  • Chicken (breast, thighs, sausage)
  • Beans (garbanzo, black, white)
  • Lentils
  • Lean ground turkey
Potassium for electrolyte replacement & other vitamins for health and immunity
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
Season each ingredient
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
Broth (This was the secret to our meal)
Helps replete fluids and replace electrolytes
  • Beef
  • Vegetable
  • Chicken (flavored like ours, Thai style
  • Mushroom
  • Bouillon 
Let me know your favorite combos! 

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