Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mmmmm.. Soup

In which I bring you soup. AND PICTURES


2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
2 large raw Onions,
3 Chicken Breasts (bone and skin removed) **3 medium potatoes or equal amount Tofu**
1 large, peeled Carrot, finely chopped (7-1/4" to 8-1/2" long)
2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
1 and a half Jalapeno Pepper with seeds (for the heat, Yay! heat)
2 tsp of fresh Thyme or 1 tsp of dried Thyme
8 cups of fat free Chicken Broth **Vegetable broth**
2 cups or 1 can of black beans
6 cups of fresh chopped baby spinach (best if cut fairly fine)
1 large Tomato (diced)or 2 regular Roma Tomatoes
1 dash of salt or salt substitute
A little bit of pepper
Grated Parmesan Cheese as garnish (7 tbsps)**Non dairy substitute for vegetarians**

** = Vegetarian substitutions


Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.

Add onions, stirring occasionally, for 10 mins or until caramelized.

Add chicken, **potatoes or tof** stirring occasionally, until chicken *or substitute* is cooked through.

Add carrot, garlic, jalapeno and thyme; cook another 2 minutes.

Stir in chicken stock **or vegetable stock** and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes and then reduce heat.

Add beans, spinach and tomato.

Bring back to a boil, then turn off the heat.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese **non diary substitute*

Mmmmm    Soup

Number of Servings: 7

The best way to eat soup? In a bento, of course!!

(click the picture to see what everything is)

Bento #37

Note: My mom gave me the recipe from one of her magazines that target females. I made a few changes to it. But, it is basically the same. I added the suggestions to make it vegetarian friendly. I love soup and this is a hardy soup. As time passes the heat increases. The first day it's more of a background flavor but by the third day, there is noticeable heat.

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