Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

I can hardly call this recipe a recipe because it is so fast and easy!

Just 5 ingredients and about 30 minutes of prep and clean up, I'll often make this in the morning before I go to work and it is ready by the time I get home.

Like my Healthy and Easy Lasagna Recipe and Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, this soup is packed with flavor but is so simple and healthy!

Plus it is super filling and perfect for cold days :)  In case you don't already make this all the time like we do, here it is.  Enjoy!

I like big chunks of carrots >>

And big chunks of celery >>

Okay this part is kind of gross, but it is a step I started taking about a year ago.  I visited my friend Randi last winter and before she put chicken in a slow cooker I watched her trim off all the little fat and mystery pieces and I thought to myself "why have I never done this?!"  I felt like I was being wasteful by trimming the chicken but that's so silly.  Now I cut off anything that is remotely gross to me.  Fat, white-tendon-thingys, blood...yucky.

The chicken I use is on the left and the garbage is on the right.

This is my favorite store bought chicken broth.  I always buy low sodium because I like to add my own level of salt.

^^ Ready to go for 8 hours on low!

By the way, I always save my veggie scraps in the freezer to make my own broth.  We usually make chicken broth but I just recently made a vegetarian parmesan broth that is so tasty!  I hate the store bought veggie broths, I have yet to find one that doesn't taste like vitamins.

After 8 hours, the soup looks like this >>

I just take tongs and a fork and squeeze and pull apart the chicken.

Is it just me or do these photos make you feel all warm and cozy?  Hooray for a simple, healthy, cozy meal!

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