How does some hearty and healthy tomato basil soup with shredded chicken and rice sound on a cold winter day?
Sounded pretty awesome to me, so I made some. 🙂
This is an original recipe from my first 30-day meal plan and nutrition blueprint The Body Fuel System, and it’s a staple in my kitchen because it’s so easy to make, keeps well and is packed with healthy nutrients.
Did you know that a single tomato can provide 40% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps prevent cancer-causing free radicals from damaging our body’s systems.
Tomatoes are also a great source of potassium and iron. Potassium is vital in maintaining nerve health, and iron is essential for our blood health.
I topped this delicious soup with some avocado, cherry tomatoes and a little white pepper, and had it for lunch over a scoop of rice.
Tomato Basil Chicken Soup
1 yellow onion, diced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup avocado oil (olive oil also excellent)
2 cans diced tomatoes (I use 14.5 oz cans of Muir Glen fire roasted tomatos – they’re amazing)
1 cup vegetable stock or broth
1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/4-1/2 cup fresh basil
2 cups pre-baked and shredded chicken
- Chop onion and mince garlic. Add it to a large sautee pan with oil and cook on medium til onions are getting translucent.
- Stir in tomatoes. Cover and cook for 10-12 min, stirring regularly.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a blender (I use a ladle for this operation so I don’t spill).
- Blend to make a nice even consistency.
- Add stock and milk. Blend until smooth. Add additional liquid to adjust consistency.
- Add in basil and pulse a few times to roughly chop it in.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a serving of chicken to a bowl (I use about 1/3-1/2 cup) – a scoop of rice or quinoa too is awesome and makes for a more hearty meal.
- Pour soup over and top with garnishes. I like a little fresh chopped basil, avocado and cherry tomatoes. For a spicier soup, try adding some crushed chili flakes or jalepeno!
Give it a try, see how you like it! It’s so easy to make.
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