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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Recently, I have started a quest to find a healthier diet. I’ve decided to take the popular phrase ‘you are what you eat’ to heart and give my body a dose of food that is truly good for it. If you haven’t noticed, eating sweets and sugary things will make you feel more lethargic. Who wants that? Why not kickstart your health by making a healthy change?

So far, my quest has led me to the organic produce section of the grocery store. I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies. Now, I want to give you one of my favorite soup recipes, but I’ve changed it a bit to give it more of an all natural quality. Meet chicken soup with lentils and barley. This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sliced leeks or chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped organic red or green sweet pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons light butter
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth (I recommend using organic low sodium free range broth, like the brand Imagine makes.)
  • 1.5 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup dry organic lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed (all the herbs can be store bought or picked and dried from your herb garden)
  • 1.5 cups chopped cooked free range organic chicken or turkey
  • 1.5 cups sliced organic carrots
  • .5 cup quick cooking barley
  • 1 14.5 ounce can organic tomatoes, cut up

Step one: In a large saucepan, melt butter. Then cook leeks or onions, pepper, and garlic until tender.

Step two: Add broth, water, lentils, basil, oregano, rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Step three: Stir in the chicken pieces, carrots and uncooked barley. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes. Add the undrained tomatoes and heat.

This recipe makes about 8 cups of soup. I know you may be thinking that you can’t afford to buy all those organic ingredients, but you can surely substitute whatever you need to fit your lifestyle. This soup is still very healthy even if it isn’t completely organic. However, it’s nice to try to throw at least some organic ingredients into your soup pot. The environment and your body will thank you later. Here’s to healthy eating!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Last night I went searching through my cookbooks to find something scrumptious to eat for dinner. I found exactly what I was looking for in a Pampered Chef cookbook. Since I haven’t posted any delicious recipes in a bit, it’s time to introduce you to the chicken and broccoli ring.

Special note: Pampered Chef cookbooks have a ton of their own ingredients and products in them that you would be required to buy if you followed the recipe exactly as it is published. Because I’m (sadly) not rich and can’t afford to buy those things, I changed the recipe to fit my needs. Here’s my rendition:

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls (I used the reduced fat kind)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped cooked broccoli
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used a little bit more)
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise (I used cream cheese instead)
  • 1 small clove garlic, pressed (throw this clove into the mix when you’re cooking the vegetables together)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

This is the picture from the cookbook. Follow this if you have trouble assembling your ring.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls; separate into eight triangles.

Step 2: Arrange triangles, slightly overlapping, in a circle on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure the wide ends are 3 inches from the edge of the baking sheet. Roll wide ends of dough toward center to create a 3 inch opening. (If this sounds confusing, just look at the picture and follow that.)

Step 3: Combine chicken, broccoli, garlic, bell pepper, cheese, mayo (or cream cheese), and salt. Mix well.

Step 4: Scoop filling evenly over dough in a continuous circle. Bring points of triangles up over filling and tuck under dough at center for form a ring. (Don’t worry, the filling will show a little bit.)

Step 5: Lightly brush dough with egg white and sprinkle the whole ring with almonds. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or until deep golden brown.

When you eat this, you will not be disappointed! It’s like a cheese, chicken, and broccoli explosion.

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