Barbecue chicken barley soup

A bowl of barbecue chicken barley soup

The summertime isn’t a usual time for soup, I’ll admit, but since I’ve been on this lower carb kick, I’ve been eating a lot of soups and stews. Avoiding too much pasta cuts out a lot of casseroles, right? So I had a pre-cooked barbecued chicken in the fridge from the grocery store. But honestly, I am not a fan of chicken noodle soup. I think I got sick too many times when I was a kid, so I’m just not a fan of one of the best home remedies in the world. I’ll eat it if I’m sick, but I’m not going to eat it “just because”.

So, I thought, why not make something heartier? Why not make something more flavourful? I still had barley in the cupboard and a lot of veggies in the fridge and freezer that could be used up. Why not? Before long, I was saying to myself, “Soup’s on!” I’ll warn that since I don’t use a lot of salt anymore, my soups are getting heavier and heavier in the seasonings department. But don’t worry, it’s worth it, and it’s not as bad as it looks.

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Leftovers Soup Over a Hasselback Baked Potato

A bowl of soup poured over a Hasselback (accordian cut) baked potatoThis one wasn’t a total success, folks, but it sure looks pretty. It’s edible. It’s tasty. But it honestly turned out more like a gravy than a soup. Admittedly, adding a titch of gravy powder is what did it, but I couldn’t find my chicken Oxxo packets and I was suddenly very desperate for some extra flavour instead of just using water and cream. I should have known better, but hey, it’s still tasty!

Next time: chicken bouillon, not chicken gravy mix. 😛

Regardless, hubby seemed to like it and it really was yummy. Poured over our leftover Hasselback baked potatoes from the night before, it was quite a hearty meal! I think I might have to freeze at least half of it, though, as the batch ended up, uh, twice the size it should have been. Oops!