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Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is said to have magical properties when you are have a cold, I rarely get them but the Little One attends nursery or Pre-School Academy as it is now known and it is a breeding ground for bugs and sniffles.  She has a streaming cold, but it is not bothering her in the least, but to get it out of the way fast I thought I’d make a Chicken Soup which is very easy to throw together and a welcome supper especially as the weather has gotten colder this week.

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Chicken Soup 

Prep & Cook TIme: around 1 hour
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 litres of chicken stock (I used Maggi Stock Pot)
3-4 medium-sized chicken thighs (I used skin and bone on)
1 red onion, chopped
2 Bay leaves
Thyme, good sprinkling
I used: 2 large carrots, 2 large celery sticks, butternut squash, 1 small
sweet potato, all chopped and 1 medium courgette, sliced
125g pearl barley
50g short grain brown rice

Method

Bring the stock to the boil, then add the chicken thighs, onion, bay leaves and thyme.  Simmer covered for around 20 minutes.

Take the chicken out of the stock and put aside.

Add the vegetables into the stock with the pearl barley and rice, bring to the boil, then simmer again for 30 minutes.

Pull the chicken off the bones and shred.  Add the chicken to the soup, season to taste and simmer for a further 10 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves before serving.

This makes a wonderfully filling chunky healthy soup and a well balanced meal, the pearl barley and rice will absorb all the flavours and add fibre.  Pearl barley is a very good source of molybdenum, manganese and selenium plus a good source of copper, vitamins B1, B3, chromium, phosphorus & magnesium.

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Warming Paprika Chicken

This is a very easy mid week meal to put together, the Paprika and the Cayenne Pepper (which you can ramp up or down depending on your love of heat!) give the dish that lovely warming feeling, perfect for the damp, chilly weather.  Serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up those saucy flavours!

Warming Paprika Chicken

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves 3-4

Chicken Paprika Collage

Ingredients

6 medium sized chicken thighs
1 tablespoon Paprika
2 medium sized white onions, sliced
1 tablespoon plain flour
Cayenne Pepper (I used around ½ tsp)
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
200ml Chicken stock (I used Maggi Stock Pot)
1 large red pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
sea salt and ground black pepper

To finish:
100ml soured cream (or to your taste)

Method

Fry the chicken thighs in olive oil until golden brown, transfer to a plate and then gently fry the onions in the same oil in the pan until softened.  

Add the flour, Paprika and Cayenne Pepper and cook out until the oil and juices have been absorbed.  Add the chopped tomatoes and chicken stock and bring up to a simmer.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.

Place the chicken thighs into a casserole pan/dish and cover with the tomato, onion, spice mix.  Put the lid on and bake for around 30 minutes.

Add the chopped red pepper at this stage and bake for another 30 minutes.

To finish add the soured cream and lightly stir in.  

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 I have to say it’s not the prettiest dish to photograph but it really does taste delicious! 

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Harissa Roasted Chicken with Quinoa Salad

Harissa Roasted Chicken with Quinoa Salad is another recipe from Total Greek Yoghurt , it is a very high protein dish with Chicken, Quinoa and Greek Yoghurt.  It uses a very simple marinade with just 3 ingredients and the great thing too is that you can marinate overnight saving time.  The marinated Chicken is roasted with baby peppers and a fresh lemon.  The peppers add a little sweetness to the dish and lemon and Chicken are so great together. 

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As always you can adjust ingredients to suit your tastes, we don’t particularly like Fennel so left it out of the salad.

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Quinoa is a particular favourite of mine, not technically a grain but a seed, it is amazingly high in protein, a complete protein which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids, so much power packed into this tiny seed!    

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The heat from the Harissa and coolness of the Quinoa salad compliment each other really well.  The Pomegranate adds a lovely crunch, a refreshing addition.

 This is a perfect lunch recipe especially as the weather has been so mild and warm here, the sun is still gracing us with its favours, the heavier, warmer Autumn foods can wait a while. 

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Quick Nutritional Info:

Pomegranates:  Vitamin C, K, Iron, Folic Acid, Fibre.
Peppers: Vitamin A, C, K, B1, B3, B6, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Copper, Fibre, Potassium and Manganese.

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