Meal Planning: Homemade Chicken Soup

& how to use the leftovers


Sunday Supper and Prepping for the Week Ahead


Nothing comforts quite like a steaming bowl of Homemade Chicken Soup.  Spend some time on Sunday making a deeply flavored soup with extra chicken to use throughout the week.
Photo by @pennyflood


feedfeed Chicken Soup


4 Bone-in Chicken Breasts, skin removed
3-32 ounce boxes of low sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
2 sweet potatoes, halved
3 onions, peeled and halved
1 lb carrots, peeled and left whole
6 stalks of celery, trimmed and halved
1 bunch parsley, divided
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 whole lemon, squeezed (optional)


In a large stock pot, add chicken, vegetables and parsley stems. Cover with chicken stock and water and bring to a boil.  Add peppercorns and turn heat down to a simmer, and cook for about 2 hours, skimming and discarding any impurities that rise to the surface. 

After two hours, carefully remove the chicken breasts, carrots, sweet potato & celery and set aside.  Strain the remaining contents of the stock pot through a fine mesh strainer into another pot, pushing down on the solids to extract the flavor. Discard solids and set the pot with broth over a low flame and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pull the cooked chicken from the bones and add about 2  cups  of the meat to the broth, reserving the rest of the pulled chicken for later in the week.  Slice carrots and celery and add them to the broth. Save the sweet potato for later in the week. Let soup simmer for about 10 minutes and   garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.

If you'd like, serve with cooked egg noodles, rice or couscous.

Also optional, we often squeeze lemon juice into my chicken soup, especially when feeling under the weather. 



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On to the rest of the week. Here are two of our favorite ways to re-purpose the  chicken leftover from the soup...
Poblano and Chicken Enchiladas with Jack Cheese by @whatsgabycookin

Just substitute your leftover chicken for the rotisserie chicken the recipe calls for. 

Skip the part of the recipe that directs you to grill the chicken. Instead, just sauté the  leftover chicken in a little butter & a  pinch of chili powder. 



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Trying to eat less meat? Find inspiration from our Meatless Monday Feed. 

Tons of  flavor, and comes together in just 40 minutes. 


Use the leftover sweet potato from the chicken soup from Sunday, and customize toppings to suit your preferences.



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Salad of the Week: Fennel, Orange, Red Onion & Arugula


Stock your fridge with a hearty salad that will stay fresh throughout the week. Here's one of our go-to recipes:

2 heads of fennel, sliced thinly, some fronds reserved and chopped
4 Oranges (any kind you like), segmented
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
salt & pepper
1-5 oz container baby arugula 

In an airtight container, layer the fennel, oranges, red onion and fennel fronds.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and let marinate in the fridge for a couple hours.  When ready to serve, top a handful or two of arugula with the some of the marinated fennel. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and salt and pepper if desired. 



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Quick & Easy Fish Dinners

Incorporate some fresh fish into the menu this week. 

The spice rub adds great flavor and a nice crust to the cod, which pairs well with the sweet and savory slaw. 

Use whatever fresh white fish is available in your area in this versatile recipe.



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Desserts & Cocktails
Cap off the week with a homemade cocktail and something sweet.  Here are two of our favorite options:

The perfect ratio of peanut butter to chocolate; keep these on hand when you need a (healthy!) chocolate fix. 

Fresh, seasonal & easy to make at home.



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