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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

Have you all been enjoying your summer? I’ve been having a great time with the new pups, spending time on the lake, and cooking yummy seasonal recipes like this one! I was really inspired by this recipe and decided to add my own seasonal twist and ramp up the intensity of the flavors a bit! I also wanted to make sure that it was properly combined (nothing worse than a bloated tummy in the summertime, or anytime for that matter!).

I had some gorgeous local yellow squash and couldn’t decide what to do with it. I thought about making my favorite zucchini noodle recipe but then found this soup and decided it would be the perfect recipe to highlight my gorgeous speckled yellow squash.

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

This recipe is very healthy and extremely nutritious. The lemon gives it a wonderful uplifting flavor and it also helps to cleanse the body.

Here are 10 health benefits of lemon water that you may not have known! (via LifeMojo)

  1. Good for stomach Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.
  2. Excellent for Skin Care Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.
  3. Aids in Dental Care Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums.
  4. Cures Throat Infections Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.
  5. Good for Weight Loss One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with lukewarm water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well.
  6. Controls High Blood Pressure Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.
  7. Assist in curing Respiratory Disorders Lemon water assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma.
  8. Good for treating Rheumatism Lemon is also a diuretic and hence lemon water can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins out of the body.
  9. Reduces Fever Lemon water can treat a person who is suffering from cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fever by increasing perspiration.
  10. Acts as a blood purifier The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier. (via LifeMojo)

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

You’ll need:

  • 3 medium yellow squash, cut into quarters
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 1 bag (2 cups) shredded carrots
  • 1 bag (2 cups) frozen peas
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 organic free range chicken breasts – I used pre cooked breasts from a rotisserie chicken and shredded them by hand. You could also use raw breasts cut into strips.
  • 64 ounces organic, free range chicken broth
  • juice of 2 large lemons, about 5-6 Tbs
  • 2 tsps lemon zest – I use one of these
  • 1 Tbs herbs de provence
  • 1 Tbs organic butter
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, melt your butter then add chopped onions, garlic, and shredded carrots and let sweat for about 4-5 mins.

Next add diced yellow squash, herbs de provence, sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir veggies so the herbs are evenly combined and let cook for a minute or so, then add chicken broth (if you are using raw chicken breasts, you can also add them at this time).  Cover, and let cook for about 20 mins, until carrots are soft (and raw chicken is fully cooked).

Then turn off heat. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, peas, and shredded chicken. Adjust sea salt and pepper to taste and let sit a few mins.

Use a large ladle to serve and enjoy!!

Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup

This soup is full of bright lemony flavor! It is perfect for spring or summer as it’s light yet still very filling. You’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week as a meal, snack, or appetizer. This recipe is gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, paleo friendly, and low carb so should suit most dietary restrictions. You could also make it vegan by substituting olive oil, veggie broth, and white cannellini beans instead of the chicken. I also think subbing shrimp for the chicken would be lovely! Enjoy!

If you’re looking for more ways to cleanse with lemon, check out my Lemon Goji Detox Tea, Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea, and Almond Milk Kefir with Lemon.

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Lemony Paleo Chicken & Veggie Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American, French
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • 3 medium yellow squash, cut into quarters
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 1 bag (2 cups) shredded carrots
  • 1 bag (2 cups) frozen peas
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 organic free range chicken breasts – I used pre cooked breasts from a rotisserie chicken and shredded them by hand. You could also use raw breasts cut into strips.
  • 64 ounces organic, free range chicken broth
  • juice of 2 large lemons, about 5-6 Tbs
  • 2 tsps lemon zest – I use one of these
  • 1 Tbs herbs de provence
  • 1 Tbs organic butter
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt your butter then add chopped onions, garlic, and shredded carrots and let sweat for about 4-5 mins.
  2. Next add diced yellow squash, herbs de provence, sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir veggies so the herbs are evenly combined and let cook for a minute or so, then add chicken broth (if you are using raw chicken breasts, you can also add them at this time). Cover, and let cook for about 20 mins, until carrots are soft (and raw chicken is fully cooked).
  3. Then turn off heat. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, peas, and shredded chicken. Adjust sea salt and pepper to taste and let sit a few mins.
  4. Use a large ladle to serve and enjoy!!
  5. This soup is full of bright lemony flavor! It is perfect for spring or summer as it’s light yet still very filling. You’ll have plenty of leftovers to enjoy throughout the week as a meal, snack, or appetizer. This recipe is gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, paleo friendly, and low carb so should suit most dietary restrictions. You could also make it vegan by substituting olive oil, veggie broth, and white cannellini beans instead of the chicken. I also think subbing shrimp for the chicken would be lovely! Enjoy!

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