Easy Chicken Orzo Soup

I’m excited to share this Easy Chicken Orzo Soup recipe right after the Thanksgiving holiday. This recipe is very easy to make. Chopping the leeks, carrots and celery is the most difficult part of the entire recipe.

Serve this soup for dinner with a salad and some crusty bread or serve the leftovers for lunch. My three kids have been home all week, and they loved this recipe! We tried it with chopped kale instead of spinach, and it turned out great.

If you have leftover turkey, substitute it for the chopped rotisserie chicken. Also, instead of using a rotisserie chicken, you can use 11/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts and cook them prior to adding the carrot, celery and leeks. Remove them before adding the pasta and then place them back in the soup with the spinach and dill.

My Favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s the perfect time of year for soup making so I’m thrilled to share my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. This recipe is so easy! For preparation, all you need to do is chop the onion, a rotisserie chicken, a tomato, cilantro and an adobo pepper. Then, mix, stir and serve. I love serving this soup with fresh avocado, tortilla chips and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I often also dollop each bowl with a tablespoon of light sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Serve with a salad for a healthy, light, gluten-free and low-calorie dinner!

Tips:

•If you have not purchased chipotle in adobo sauce before, you can find the cans in the international foods section where Mexican foods are. Chipotles are very spicy so start with just one chopped and add as needed for taste.

•If you have leftover grilled, roasted or baked chicken, feel free to use this instead of a rotisserie chicken.

•Double the recipe so you’ll have leftovers.

•Prepare the soup ahead of time leaving out the cilantro and lime juice. When reheating, add these ingredients right before heating and serving.

Kale Lasagna Soup

Kale Lasagna Soup

Happy New Year! For New Year’s day and football watching, I made this comforting and fabulous Kale Lasagna Soup recipe. It has all of my favorite ingredients including kale, Italian sausage, tomatoes, basil and carrots. This soup is filling, a one dish meal, and so quick and easy. Feel free to use gluten-free noodles or no yolk ribbon noodles–they look like mini lasagna noodles. My family loved this recipe–we ate the entire thing in one day! This is perfect for a cold winter evening, Super Bowl or anytime during the year!