Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day Two- White Bean and Kale Soup with Chicken

Day 2 of Gypsy's Two Week Detox...With Good Food.

January 4th, 2010

Breakfast: Cheerios with Almond Milk (Unsweetened)

Lunch: Magic Leek Soup with Handful of Cashews and One Square Dark Chocolate (70%)

Dinner: White Bean and Kale Soup with Chicken and Whole Grain Bread.

Magic Leek Soup is also from Mireille Guliano's cookbook and is really tasty. In her cookbook you boil cut up leeks in water to make a brothy soup. Eating just this over the weekend can give get rid of water retention and give your body a break after rich foods. Because I wasn't using the soup as a detox but as part of my detox I sauted the leeks first in a little olive oil before adding the water. Really yummy.

Gypsy Slow Down

For dinner I used the same White Bean and Kale soup recipe I came up with before (my first post on this blog). Instead of using a roasted chicken I used a chicken breast and put all the ingredients in the crock pot before I left for the afternoon to make the chicken extra tender. The simplified recipe is as follows:

White Bean, Chicken and Kale Soup:

1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch of kale, washed and leaves removed from stem
2 15.8 ounce cans Northern White Beans
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 large chicken breast, diced
Salt and Pepper

In large pot, saute onions in olive oil until translucent and slightly golden, about five minutes. Shred kale and add to pot. Saute for five minutes. Add chicken broth beans and chicken. Transfer to crock pot. Put on low setting and let cook for at least two hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Gypsy Slow Down

I have to admit, the first recipe is much richer. This is lighter though and refreshing. Even without the chicken drippings it was still buttery and sweet. And with a slice of whole grain bread to dip....is this really a detox? Yum.
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