Clean Eats: Chicken n’ Veggie Lentil Soup

As much as I'm ready to kiss the Winter good bye and say HELLO to the Spring and Summer months, nothing beats a good hearty bowl of soup!

I've been having a blast experimenting with a bunch of different soups and stews, including continuing to improve upon our family Easy Homestyle Chili recipe, but I need to be better at posting the final presentation and the recipes!!

I know, I know, I'm getting there.

So, as a typical Perry family evening goes, the kids are going here, there and everywhere, the time to make a gourmet 5-course meal wasn't in the cards.  With a little inspiration from The Gracious Pantry and her delightful Soup & Stew recipes, I rifled through the fridge and threw together this masterpiece:

CLEAN EATS: Chicken n' Veggie Lentil Soup

3 cups of Low Sodium Organic Free Range Chicken Broth

3 cups water

2 fully cooked chicken breasts (or Rotisserie chicken works too)

1 medium chopped onion

4 carrots

4-6 stalks of celery

2 sweet potatoes – skin ON, chopped

1 cup of lentils (pick your poison)

1 tbsp of marjoram

1 tsbp of garlic powder

1 tsp of paprika

1 tsp of celery seed

salt & pepper to taste

What to do with all that:

Pour 1 cup of chicken broth is large sauce pan, add onions, carrot and celery.  Add all spices (except salt & pepper). Bring to a slight boil.  Once veggies are soft, add rest of broth & water.  Add chopped sweet potato & lentils, place heat on medium.  Once all veggies & lentils are soft, simmer heat.  If using rotisserie chicken, pull apart and add to soup.  If cooking chicken from start – bake separate in oven for approximately 25 mins @ 425.  Keep eye on soup, as once veggies and lentils are all cooked, you just want the flavors to marinate, so if using a gas stove like we have, you may want to turn it off and let set.  Serve warm with side salad or artisan bread.

You could also plan ahead and make this in the Crock Pot as well!

Enjoy!  Let me know your feedback and if you try it! I'd love to hear how it turns out and/or if you made your own changes to it! 

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