April showers bring May flo... wait no, bring cold and damp, gloomy days.  The good news is this chicken vegetable soup will not only warm up your soul, it will also help you recover and prepare for your next workout.  With plenty of vegetables and protein, this easy classic soup will keep you feeling good until the sun starts shining again.

What You'll Need

  • 2 QT Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Package Celery Stalks (I use the whole thing. You might want to use less)
  • 1 Bag Chopped Carrots (easier option than peeling)
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1 Chopped Sweet Potato (Optional and Yummy)
  • Garlic (as many cloves as you wish, I usually go overboard with 4 or 5)
  • Optional spices: pepper, mixed herb and garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning, lemon

How to:

  1. Turn oven on 375 bake
  2. Prepare chicken for oven: place in a baking dish with extra virgin olive oil, sliced garlic (they have already peeled garlic at Trader Joe's), sliced onion and Italian herbs
  3. Bake chicken for 20-25 minutes
  4. While chicken bakes... Slice up all of your vegetables 
  5. Start your crock pot or sauce pan on stove (either one works) and add a touch of olive oil
  6. Add vegetables to pot (if on stove, let veggies simmer for a couple of minutes before adding stock, if using crock pot adding stock right away is ok)
  7. Add stock, cover and let it come to a boil
  8. Chicken done cooking? Take out of oven, slice up and add to your pot 
  9. Let ingredients brew together on simmer for 45 minutes or in crock pot on high for 4 hours
  10. Scoop out a warm bowl and eat with some yummy gluten free noodles or my favorite Glutino Crackers  

Pack extras for lunch all week or add alternatives like quinoa or a sandwich to mix it up for additional week night mealsI don't know about you, but for me, chicken soup is like a big hug! My Auntie Barbara used to always have a fresh bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup and fresh bread baking when we would come over.  Mmmm, I can still smell it!  Auntie Barbara always made you feel at home.  She welcomed everyone in with open arms and made sure each of us was well fed; offering you endless options of freshly baked items she had put together.  No matter how cold or empty you felt entering her home, you always left feeling full and warm.  That's what I think of when I am putting this simple and easy chicken veggie soup together; her, the love and home.  And, that keeps me warm... at least until the sun returns.