Lazy Leftover Soup

One of the most frustrating parts about healthy eating can be healthy cooking: constantly feeling like you need to reinvent the wheel with every single meal. I’m constantly helping nutrition clients repurpose their leftovers and reuse ingredients in a way that allows for a diversity of meals (meal prepping and eating the same thing every day can get oh so boring–see here) and nutritional variety (aka getting different nutrients from different foods).

 

My boyfriend and usually roast a whole chicken or buy an organic rotisserie chicken to eat throughout the week. When we work from home it’s easy for lunch but can also be slated into dinner if we’re short on time. It was surprising to me that by Thursday night this week we were still picking away at the chicken, so I made that the base for creating dinner. Soups are a great way to use leftovers and pack in extra healthy protein, fat and fiber. Here’s a peek at how it came together.

 

{Note: This is a loose recipe since it’s purpose is to be on the fly and use what you have. Feel free to change up the protein, veggies, and spices based on your fridge, pantry, and leftovers.}

 

  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1-2 cups, crimini mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, cut in ribbons with a veggie peeler
  • 1 carrot, cut in ribbons with a veggie peeler
  • 2 leftover rotisserie chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 32 oz carton of chicken bone broth
  • 1 “healthy ramen” cake
  • spices: ginger, cayenne, pepper, cumin
  • a couple dashes of coconut aminos
  • garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge

 

All ingredients organic!

 

Separately but simultaneously saute the onion and mushrooms in olive oil. (Mushrooms like to cook by themselves for a bit to avoid getting rubbery.) Once both sweating, combine with the carrot and zucchini ribbons. (Feel free to use zoodles but these provide a noodle like quality without the added carbs). Once tender, add the chicken, broth, spices and coconut aminos. Once simmering add the ramen cake and cook about 2-3 minutes until the noodles are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning if you need to. Serve it up!

 

The best thing about this dish: it doesn’t have to look exactly like this! Feel free to be creative with your flavors and food combinations based on what you have waiting to be used in your household. Let that bone broth be your base with another protein and be lazy about it!
If you’re ever wondering, “does this flavor go with this one” or “what’s the healthiest way to combine these ingredients?” feel free to drop me a line. I’d be happy to help you out! → kara@feelthiswithkara.com