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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Homemade chicken biscuit pie

A bowl of chicken biscuit pieWe’ve had grey skies on and off this week, so I’ve found myself craving comfort food. Keeping in mind my new meal plan regimen, I decided to see how I could revamp an old favourite: chicken pot pie. My old version was no doubt loaded full of sodium, fat, calories and carbs. This new recipe still has all that, but the values are no doubt cut back. Choosing lower sodium ingredients and limiting portions on the bread-like topping by using perfectly sized biscuits helps keep some of those values in check.

Here’s what I did…

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Christmas leftovers stew

A bowl of stew with a spoon sticking in it.We all end up with leftovers at Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!), don’t we? I know I do. Not only did we have leftover chicken from our Christmas-Day-at-home this year, but also turkey that Mom sent home with us the night before.  We had an entire veggie tray that was just going to waste, too. So, I put  on my thinking cap, set my big stew pot on the stove and started to clean out the fridge. Here’s what I did…

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Experiments in soup-making: fake minestrone soup

A bowl of soup, showing sausage meatballs, vegetables and spiral pasta.I’m feeling a little lazy but I really want to share my latest creation. Normally, I would describe what I threw together in the pot to get to the final product and not post the actual recipes but I think this is going to change. For my friends on Facebook and Google+ who have already seen this recipe, I do apologize for the reposting/blatant plagiarizing of my own FB/G+ post. Hehe. I just think this soup is too good (if I do say so myself) to not post here. Not only that, but I think that based on next-day tasting, I’m going to make a couple of measurement adjustments as well.

It rained last night and had cooled off considerably outside (YAY!!). As such, I suddenly got in the mood for soup. I don’t know why, but rain and soup and things like hot chocolate go well together, imo. So, I started yanking things out of the fridge and cupboards to see what I could come up with.

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