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Nourishing Noodle Soup

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    Nourishing Noodle Soup

    Boost your immune system with our healthy chicken noodle soup. The chunky vegetables, quality protein, and noodles create a fun meal that sustains energy levels while nourishing hunger.

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    1 Tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 medium onion, diced
    1 medium potato, peeled and diced
    2 large carrots, diced
    1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
    1 tsp (5 mL) each dried thyme, oregano, cilantro, and ginger
    5 cups (1.25 L) water
    1/2 in (2 oz) bunch whole grain spaghetti, snapped in two
    2 cups (16 oz) cooked chicken, shredded or firm tofu, cubed (see sidebar)
    1 1/2 cups (350 mL) broccoli, chopped
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) honey
    1 tsp (5 mL) tamari
    2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 tsp (5 mL) red chilli flakes for garnish

    Heat sesame oil in large stockpot. Add garlic, onion, potato, carrots, and bell pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes; add herbs, spices, and water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Add spaghetti, chicken or tofu, broccoli, honey, and tamari; simmer for an additional 10 minutes, covered. In the last couple minutes of cooking, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Stir.

    Garnish with red chilli flakes and serve with whole grain bread.

    Serves 8.

    Each 1 cup (250 mL) serving contains: 142 calories; 13 g protein; 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 16 g carbohydrates; 2 g fibre; 95 mg sodium

    Simple shredded chicken

    To make moist, low-fat chicken, try poaching it, then shredding. Just follow these simple steps.

    • Place skinless, boneless free-range chicken breasts in large pot with a tight-fitting lid. Cover chicken with 2 inches (5 cm) of water.
    • Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover.
    • Simmer chicken until no pink remains in the centre and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 160 F (71 C), about 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Using tongs, remove chicken from liquid and let cool. Shred by pulling the chicken apart with  a fork.

    TIP: Add 1 cup (250 mL) each chopped carrot, onion, and celery for every quart of water. Add 5 or 6 parsley sprigs, 2 whole garlic cloves, and a bay leaf. When chicken is cooked, strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve and set aside to cool. Refrigerate or freeze to use later as a savoury chicken stock.

    Source: "Soul Warming Winter Soups", alive #339, January 2011

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