Speaking of working out, Andrew recently introduced me to a new machine at the Y. Day after day he insisted this machine burns more calories per minute than running on the treadmill or elliptical, so I decided to give it a go. Turns out he was right (oftentimes he is!). This is what it looks like:
Andrew and I both agree that working out on this thing kicks our butt. I can burn 350 calories in 35 minutes and Andrew even more. Andrew laughs at me as I struggle to maintain momentum throughout my workout, but I make it through nevertheless. It's not as easy as getting on an eliptical with a slight incline and running a few miles. Definitely an intense workout, but way worth it.
This leads me to another topic: FOOD. No, this is not a dessert, but a wonderful soup Andrew, Deanna, and Hannah (my two wonderful sister-in-laws) had the opportunity to taste. It's a classic with a twist. The best tasting Chicken noodle soup you'll ever have (and if you have something better, please let me know, as I'm always up for improving recipes).
What you'll need:
What you'll need:
- 2 tbs butter, divided
- 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- one large onion, chopped
- one package chicken breasts (I used three-four pack), chopped
- 1 tbs thyme
- 2 large sticks of celery, thinly chopped
- 2 large carrots, thinly chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium options available)
- 1 cup half and half
- Pepper to taste
- 1 cup egg noodles (whole wheat for healthier option)
What you need to do:
- In large pan, cook cut chicken with olive oil and pepper. Drain, set aside.
- In a small saucepan, sautee onion with 1 tbs butter until soft.
- Boil chicken broth. Add onion and butter mixture, carrots, celery, and thyme.
- When veggies are soft, add cooked chicken, noodles, half and half, and 1 tbs butter. You can add more chicken broth if you want it to be more soupy. If you want a healthier alternative to half and half, use fat-free half and half or milk instead.
- Use more vegetables if you prefer, such as mushrooms and peas. That will make the soup even more nutrient packed.
- Happy Souping and here's to making healthier decision!