Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

I was able to get another round of cough syrup and z-pak – hopefully this second round will knock out this cough.  The worst part is that I feel fine, I just have this nagging cough.  I am worried too about the 5k I signed up for – luckily its still three weeks away!

Over the weekend at the farmers market I bought a small bag of granola that is was a fund raiser for a one room school in a town near where I live.  He was giving out samples, and holy shizz, was it good.  I love granola but am always looking for a way to get granola clusters, not just loose granola.

The man explained that they made sheets of granola, then after it was cooled, they broke it into pieces – why didn’t I think of that??  These totally reminded me of Nature Valley granola bars – I much prefer crispy granola bars to soft ones.

Breakfast was 6 ounces of Chobani Peach yogurt (delish!), 1/2 a cup of cantaloupe and some granola clusters.  Breakfast comes in at 330 calories, 7 fat, 44 carbs, 1.8 fiber and 19 protein.

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If anyone has a crispy granola recipe, please let me know! Open-mouthed smile

When I was cleaning out the fridge/freezer over the weekend, I realized I had quite a bit of chicken left on a whole grilled chicken Tony and I cooked the last weekend.  I also had a can of cream of chicken soup, so chicken and rice soup it became.

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

makes 4, two cup servings:  304 calories, 9 fat, 24 carbs, 3.4 fiber and 28 protein

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups celery, chopped fine
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped fine
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces cooked brown rice (what I had in the fridge)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste

I have to warn you about this soup if you have a sodium issue (Skippy, I am talking to you!) each 2 cup serving has 1433 grams of sodium!  You could use low sodium chicken broth if you wanted.

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Heat oil in a stock pot.  Add celery and carrots and cook for 10 minutes.  Throw everything else in the pool except the cooked chicken and rice, simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.  Add the chicken and rice in for about 5 minutes to warm up.  With a 2 oz. baguette with swiss cheese, lunch comes in at 540 calories, 17 fat, 55 carbs, 5 fiber and 39 protein.

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Still no working out for me – weird thing though yesterday.  It was partly cloudy but sunny most of the day, then all of a sudden there was a complete down pour for about 15 minutes – so hard the rain was coming in sideways!

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I have to thank an anonymous commenter!

Just an FYI on your roof. The sealing spray stuff they sell on TV where they spray the screen door in a boat actually works great! We use it in a pinch all the time at work. It has saved us big bucks until we actually repair or replace a roof. We buy it at our local Ace Hardware store.

Tony bought some of this spray and Sunday I got back on our roof and sealed in the leaks again.  Even though this wasn’t a sustained rain, he said nothing leaked yesterday – woop!  And our local store sold it for $4.99 a can. Open-mouthed smile

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Last night I made Company Salisbury steak, although this time I forgot the cheezy bread on the bottom.  Um, Tony noticed that I forgot!  I also didn’t have packaged brown gravy, but I went with an easy gravy recipe – 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 cup of beef broth.  Just melt the butter, stir in the flour for one minute then slowly add the broth, perfect beef gravy in about 5 minutes.

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My spinach froze, so I ended up sautéing some up for the base of my Salisbury steak.  I’ll use the rest for smoothies later this week.

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So delicious – this plate comes in at 487 calories, 25 fat, 27 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 35 protein.

Alright, time to get my shit into gear and put my food together for the day and get dressed.  Pretty sure I can’t go to work in my pajamas, just sayin. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!

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28 thoughts on “Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

  1. At first I was craving soup – but holy hell, once I saw that Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, spinach & gravy – my stomach RUMBLED & my mouth salivated – Yes, please & thank you!

  2. mmm I want steak for breakfast now! But I’ll go have a smoothie instead. Have a good day.

  3. Oh, that salsbury steak looks awesome! Nice looking plate!

    Wouldn’t it be nice to go to work in your pajamas? Maybe you could suggest pajama day or something. Of course, then you might have to see your boss in smiley face boxers – that could do some permenent damage. 🙂

  4. This recipe clumps awesome: http://www.fitmamarealfood.com/sweet-n-salty-olive-oil-granola/

    Yayy for soup. I’m so in the mood- I may have some for lunch!

  5. Thanks for reminding me I have a cooked chicken in the fridge from Sunday. I am going to try this soup tonight with a side of some ooey gooey cheese sandwich.

    Yea! I’m very glad the sealant worked. I manage rental properties and we use it in a pinch during rainy season until the roof dries out and we can actually repair it. Sometimes the infomercial products live up to the hype. 🙂

    I use the posted granola recipe on your page only a little less fruit puree and I bake it maybe a little longer. I let it cool on the sheets and it breaks up into little nuggets. Yum!

  6. I’ve had the same persistent cough for over 2 weeks. I’m now on Augmentin, 2 weeks worth. Oh and Cook’s illustrated has an AMAZING recipe for clumpy crispy maple almond granola. Its addictive.

  7. mmm…spinach

  8. You amaze me how you see something in your refrigerator and manage to make something from it. I have to find a recipe then see if I have the ingredients. I can’t see chicken and imagine soup. I want to be like you when I grow up. (even though I am older than you) 🙂

  9. The salisbury steak does look good! I must say though that the rain looks so relaxing, making me sleepy! hahaha

  10. I love granola that is clusters and crunchy too. So delicious.

    I wish we could just go to work in pajamas, it’d be nice!

  11. Looks delicious, I always love your chobani breakfasts. Soup looks great, someone told me about opening a can of Campbells broc soup and adding extra broccoli to it. Need to try that too.

    Wish I had known about that flex seal…….our roof leaked for 8 years, sometimes when it rained so hard we would literally have to empty the buckets 3-4 times during a rain…….oh how I hated that, (the leak was right in the middle of the kitchen and I was always side stepping the bucket and towels) Finally, we got the roof fixed last year……the guy had to come back 4 times but finally got the leak sealed!!!!

    Have a great day.

  12. Oh Biz I made the best granola on Sunday, nice and crispy, but unfortunately I don’t follow a recipe. I am pretty sure this is what was in it. 3c oats, 2c nuts, a whole bag of coconut (mmmmmmm), on the stove I warmed 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup with 4T butter, mixed and baked for about 45 min rotating pans. I just kept on baking until it turned nice and brown. It was a lot of coconut but such a good call.

  13. Yikes, I hope your cough goes away soon so you can get prepared for your race. That soup sounds great and it’s definitely soup weather here. I’ll have to remember that flex seal stuff for our rental house. People shop in their pj’s why can’t you work in yours? 😉

  14. I’m not sure what looks better, the soup or the steaks! I can’t wait for fall when soups, stews and mashed potatoes can rule my meals again 🙂

  15. I remember having bronchitis a few years ago and it is miserable 😦 I think that comfort food you made should help kick it in the pants. I love chicken and rice soup and salisbury steak so much! I hope your cough gets the heck out of town soon.

  16. Roz@weightingfor50

    At first glance, I thought that photo was SNOW. silly me! Hope you shake that evil cough soon!!!!!!!

  17. Mmm, coming over to eat at your house. Soup AND Salisbury Steak, please. LOL Hope you get a good night’s sleep and get over the coughing.

  18. How much chicken did you add to the soup? I see the pic but….

    I totally have chicken and wanna make your soup 🙂

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