I admit it. As committed as I am to the gym, the cold weather we’ve had lately has made even me question the dedication needed to leave the house. Last weekend the temps plummeted here in Texas. We actually got snow which is quite the abnormality for November. We usually don’t get snow until January or February, if at all.
So yeah, I wandered around the house shivering and whining most of the weekend. All I wanted was coffee to keep warm. After I’d reached the level of insane caffeination, I decided it was in my best interest to look for other warm things to eat and drink. Thankfully soup fills that role and doesn’t require a lot of crazy ingredients. All you need is broth, chicken, veggies of some kind, and a few spices. Anything in addition to that is just a bonus.
Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup with Brown Rice
- 1/2 cup (50g) chopped onion
- 3/4 cup (100g) chopped celery
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 Tbsp (12g) white miso paste
- 4 oz canned sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried ginger
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup (120g) cooked brown rice
- 16 oz cooked chicken breast, diced
Heat a large pot over medium heat and spray with non-stick spray. Add the onions and celery and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes to warm everything. Remove from heat and serve.
Makes 4 servings at approximately 196 calories – 25g protein, 15g carbs, and 4g fat.
This soup is very easy to customize and takes no effort at all. I usually make the soup without the rice and chicken first. When I get ready to eat it, I put in the amounts of rice and chicken that I want for the meal. Sometimes I use 3 oz of chicken, sometimes 4 or 5 oz. I also change up the amount of rice, leave it out, or use pasta noodles instead. You could even make flatbread chips for dipping in your soup.
I almost always have brown rice or pasta leftover in the fridge, along with grilled chicken, and chopped veggies. Play around with them and create your own soup. If you’re looking for other ways to use miso paste, try the Asian Steak Bowl or Miso Grilled Chicken. There are a few more so try searching for miso in the search box and they’ll pop up for you. You’d laugh if you knew how many times I search my own site for dinner ideas. 🙂