Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Recipe: Chicken, Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn Soup

Do you ever find with roast dinners that sometimes there's not quite enough meat left to do another meal, but too much to just throw it away?

This Sunday we had Roast chicken with sweet potato mash and I had a bit of chicken meat left on the carcass. Loathe to throw it away or give it to the cats, I stripped it and put it to one side whilst I made stock from the bones (nothing extravagant, just put them in a saucepan, covered with boiling water and allowed to simmer really, really gently for a couple of hours before straining). I can't emphasis enough how making stock from leftover bones tastes so much better than stock cubes and is so much better for your health! I'll post more info on why along with some recipes, soon!

Anyhow, back to the soup!

80g Chicken, shredded
100g Sweet Potato, cubed
80g Celery, sliced
80g Sweetcorn
20g Onion, diced
500ml Chicken stock
1 Chicken stock cube (optional)
1/2 tsp Jerk Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste

This made enough for 2 regular servings (approx 300ml), or 1 large serving (approx 500ml, adding less water)
The MyFitnessPal estimate puts it at 401 kcal for the whole lot (43g carbohydrate, 28g protein, 13g fat).

I'm not even going to insult your intelligence by doing a step-by-step, because I literally dumped everything except the chicken meat, into a large saucepan, put the lid on and allowed to simmer gently for 20 minutes until the sweet potato was cooked through and tender. I then poured about 2 thirds into my blender and blitzed until smooth, before adding it back into the pan with the remaining soup and stirring through the chicken. Add extra water (with a crumbled stock cube if necessary) to get it to your preferred consistency. You could of course, blend the whole lot for a smooth soup, but I prefer mine thick with a bit of bite! :)
I think this would also be lovely as a vegetarian option (without the chicken and using veggie stock instead).

Today's workout was Week 2, Day 2 of C25K and although I'm not going to pretend it was a walk in the park (haha! - that would be even more amusing as it was done inside on a treadmill), it didn't seem as bad as Monday's session. This was especially good considering I didn't have quite enough sleep last night as we had stayed up watching the season finale of Sherlock... oops!

Today's Workout (c25k W2D2):
Rowing (moderate, 30 spm) = 5 minutes
Walking (brisk, 3.8 mph) = 22 minutes
Running (slow, 4.9 mph) = 9 minutes
Strength (Squats, Bench Press, Lateral Pulldown) = 4x8 of each

Shoes: Vivobarefoot Breatho (without socks today - have now discovered my feet sweat a LOT when exercising!)
(Awaiting replacement Minimus ones from New Balance)

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