Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

Avgolemono Spinach Chicken Soup

This is an awesome hearty soup. My husband loves it and would have it every week if I made it! I got the basics from a Weight Watchers recipe and made it my own. Anyone who has eaten at a Greek restaurant has probably had one form of this. It’s easy to make and delicious!

Ingredients:

4 C reduced-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock (I use reduced sodium/fat-free)

1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast (about 1 large breast or 2 small)

2 large eggs

1/2 C lemon juice (use 1/4C if you don’t like too much lemon)

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach

2 C hot cooked rice (I used jasmine brown rice but you can use any kind you like)

Parmesan cheese, for finished soup


Directions:
1: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring the broth/stock and chicken to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and, when cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size pieces.

2: In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and lemon juice until frothy; gradually whisk in 1 Cup of the hot stock.

3: Add the spinach to the stock in the saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; stir in the rice. Slowly add the egg-stock mixture, whisking constantly to avoid curdling; continue whisking until a little thickened, 3 minutes (do not boil). Stir in the chicken and heat to serving temperature. Season with pepper and serve at once.

Serves 4

Per Serving: (1/4 of soup): 261 cal, 7g fat, 2g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 140mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 28g carbs, 2g fiber, 22g protein, 141mg calcium.
I used fat-free chicken broth so the fat content will be lower!

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Hi everyone! Well I finally did it! I am officially blogging! Today’s post will just be an introduction to what I am doing in the future! I am in the process of writing a cookbook and I thought what better way to get started than to write a blog. This blog will have daily recipes and hopefully pictures to go along with them! I have a habit of posting my daily dinners on Facebook and I keep getting requests for the recipes so what better way than to put them in a blog!

Each day I will have a different type of recipe. For now I am going to try to post the following: Sunday: Potpourri (great restaurants/gadgets/food products etc); Monday: Sides/Soups/Salads; Tuesday: Main Dishes; Wednesday: Family/Friends Recipes; Thursday: Desserts/Baking; Friday: Beverages; Saturday: Snacks/Appetizers. These may change as I go along so don’t hold me to them! I will also include any little story that goes with the recipes. I am also going to link the blogs to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, once I figure that out!

How did I decide to do this?

After getting laid off (thanks to our economy) in July 2009 from my dream job that I had for almost six years I’ve been trying to do something to make some money. I worked at home for this last job and the thought of going back to an office or retail type job just made me cringe. For one thing I would need a whole new wardrobe and without an income that would be tough. Because not only was I unemployed but my husband had gotten laid off as well in February 2009! He luckily had severance pay, I did not. Luckily he was able to get unemployment, I again did not. I had so many mixed feelings and didn’t know what to do. My worst nightmare had come true. But knowing we were not the only ones in this situation made it a little better, not much, but a little. Florida’s unemployment rate as well as the national rate is much higher than reported since they don’t take into account all of the people who were ‘independent’ or small business owners etc. Anyone who does not collect unemployment is not counted. So here I am. I’ve sold lots lately on eBay, it’s amazing how much stuff I found to sell! It has paid for extras which has been nice. I am also “thinking” about selling Tupperware again, but just online. I hated doing parties but LOVE Tupperware. So with that said my Recipe Blog is born! I hope everyone will enjoy it and I look forward to comments!

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