Read up and slim down

My first…try at a healthy soup

As the hostess of our most recent book club meeting I asked that everyone bring a favorite healthy munchie; help to keep us on track with our New Year’s resolutions. From delicious black bean dip and edamame  to hummus and olives we had a beautiful spread. For my dish I opted for Veggie Lover’s Chicken soup found on EatingWell.com.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 zucchini, 2 cartons grape tomatoes, 2 large shallots, 1/2 medium white onion

1.5 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast

You will also need olive oil, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 cup dry white wine, 4 1/2 cups baby spinach, 30-40 ounces chicken or vegetable broth and six tablespoons orzo or other tiny pasta.

Begin by heating the olive oil in a  saucepan over medium heat. Once oil is heated add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add zucchini, shallots, Italian seasoning and salt. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender about 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, wine and orzo; increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Combine and simmer

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the pasta is al dente (8 minutes or so). Stir in spinach, the cooked chicken and any accumulated juices from the chicken; cook, stirring, until the chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes.

smells so yummy!

For a little kick I added fresh black pepper and crushed red peppers to taste!

Wa-LA!

Serve yourself 2 cups for only 260 calories!! Cheers to New Year’s resolutions!

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