Soups and Slow Cooker Ideas

Amanda MittlemanNutrition & Recipe

Crockpot Chicken Soup Remix

  • 2 lb. chicken breasts with skin removed (approximately 3 chicken breasts)
  • ½ Tbsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 5 cups chicken Broth
  • 1 lb. carrots peeled, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into ¼” slices
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • ½ bunch kale (about 4 C. packed) stems removed, chopped into pieces
  • ½ Tbsp fresh thyme chopped

Place the chicken thighs in the base of a crock pot. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken. Place the thyme sprigs and minced garlic on top of the chicken. Pour chicken broth into the crock pot. Cook the chicken on high for 4 hours. After 4 hours the chicken should be “fall off the bone” tender. Remove the chicken from the crock pot and place in a bowl. 1Remove the thyme sprigs and discard.  Add the broth back to the crock pot after straining. Turn heat back to high.   Separate the chicken from the bones.  Lightly shred the chicken. Discard any cartilage. Add the bones back to the soup and cover and refrigerate the chicken.  Add the carrots, onions, and chopped thyme to the broth and cook on high for 2 hours. In the last ½ hour of cooking, add the kale to the soup. After 2 hours the carrots should be soft and tender, along with the kale. Remove the bones from the soup and discard. Check the seasonings and add more salt or pepper as necessary. Add the chicken to the soup and re-heat for about 10 minutes. Do not stir too much or the chicken will become over-shredded.

– Serves 4

Roasted Butternut Squash, Lime, and Coconut Soup

  • 8 Cups butternut squash, diced (one butternut squash)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 20 oz vegetable stock
  • ¼ Cup cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 2 tsp finely chopped jalapeño (optional)
  • 10 oz coconut milk
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Toss squash with 1 tbsp olive oil. Spread squash onto cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes until slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium-heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil, cumin and coriander and stir frequently for about 3 minutes. Add onion and cook 5 minutes, until clear, then add broth. Remove peel from squash if not already done, then add to pot along with half the cilantro and the jalapeño, if using. Simmer gently for 20 minutes or until squash is soft. Stir in 1 cup of the coconut milk, as well as the lime juice. Using an immersion blender, carefully puree until smooth. Season with salt & pepper. Garnish with coconut milk or vegan sour cream, and remaining cilantro.

– Serves 4 

Chicken Vegetable Soup

  • 6-8oz chicken sausage (can be spicy or include other flavors)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • ½-1 bunch kale (tough ribs removed and sliced or torn into small ribbons)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
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In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown sausage over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and zucchini and cook 3-5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce heat to low. Add kale and simmer 20-30 minutes, or until ready to serve.

Serves 4-6

Lemon & Kale Chicken Soup

  • 4 cups of shredded chicken
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Wash kale and working in two batches, stack the kale leaves and slice in 1/2 inch strips. Set aside.  Add 2 cups of stock, the chopped onion and olive oil to blender. Blend for a minute or two, or until it is completely smooth.  Add that to the crock pot and add the remaining 4 cups of broth, kale, shredded chicken, zest of all three lemons and the 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt.  Let cook for 6 hours on low crock pot setting, stirring once or twice.

– Serves 4

Coconut Chicken Soup

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, cubed
  • 4 cups chicken broth (can also substitute water)
  • 1 1/2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 small ginger, chopped big slices (remove before you stir in the coconut milk)
  • 4 medium celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 small basil leafs
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • Cayenne pepper, pinch
  • Cilantro for garnishing
  • 2 Tbsp coconut  oil or butter (whatever you prefer)
  • Salt and pepper as desired
  • 1 lemon, juice from lemon  

Bring chicken broth or water to simmer over medium-high heat in a medium soup kettle.  Add chopped celery, carrots, ginger and cook it for couple minutes.  While that’s cooking, heat the pan and add butter or coconut oil than add chopped onions and sauté until soft.  Also add minced garlic to onions in the end.  Add onions and garlic to soup kettle.  Cook it for another minute or two.  Cut chicken in small pieces.  Add chicken to soup.  Stir it well.  Remove ginger chunks and basil leafs. Add coconut milk.  Stir it again well and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.  Add cilantro, cayenne pepper, lemon and little salt and pepper.  Turn the heat off and let slightly cool before serving.

– Serves 4-6

Ginger Chicken Soup:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced into thin coins
  • 1 inch piece fresh turmeric, sliced into thin coins (can also use turmeric powder)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
  • ½ tsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned or shredded
  • 1 cup zucchini noodles (2 zucchini)

Pour the chicken broth into a stock pot, and add the ginger, turmeric, garlic and fish sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes to really infuse the broth with flavor.  Remove ginger and turmeric.  Add the chicken, mushrooms, green onions, carrot and zucchini noodles. Heat about 5 minutes on medium-low or until everything is warmed through. Taste and adjust the seasoning with sea salt.  Serve with a drizzle of Siracha for some extra heat.

– Serves 6

Coconut Chicken Soup

  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups butternut or root vegetable puree (like pumpkin)
  • 1 32oz can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can black beans, drained
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To prep the kale, remove the leaves from the stem and then chop into small pieces. Open the can of tomatoes and put in a blender. Pulse twice to leave the tomatoes chunky. Add the olive oil and garlic to a large pot and turn heat to medium. Let cook for 1 minute, and add the kale. Cook for roughly 4 minutes and add the puree, tomatoes, black beans and spices. Stir everything together and let it cook for about 5 more minutes.

– Serves 2

Crockpot Chicken Taco Salad

  • 4 6oz chicken breasts
  • 1 large jar of good quality salsa
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups of lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cup Fresh cilantro
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 whole avocado, chopped

Place the chicken breasts and salsa in the crockpot on low, until cooked through (start it before work and it will be done when you get home). Put lettuce in a bowl and top with the fresh ingredients and then the chicken and salsa from the crockpot. heat to medium. Let cook for 1 minute, and add the kale. Cook for roughly 4 minutes and add the puree, tomatoes, black beans and spices. Stir everything together and let it cook for about 5 more minutes.

– Serves 4

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