I am really good at taking care of my husband and everyone else and sometimes forget that I need to take care of me. I saw a soup similar to this in my favorite magazine, Eating Well, and have thought about making it for quite some time. Well, I finally made it for myself and it’s become my favorite lunch. One pot is enough for an entire week of lunches for me. I like it with a nice green salad.
I put the soup into pint jars so that I can pull it out of the refrigerator and pop it right into the microwave. I even eat it right out of the jar. Makes clean-up simple.
I’m a spinach and pesto fiend. I eat spinach almost every day, probably a pound a week or even more. I like it raw with nothing on it, in salads, with my fruit and cottage cheese, in omelets. I use pesto in so many things, too – as a salad dressing, a dip, on my eggs. They’re both full of good nutrients -so of course I thought they’d be great in a soup.
Another quick kitchen tip: When I roast chicken breasts for dinner I always roast a few extra for sandwiches, soups, and salads. It makes for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner. I like to make this soup with the extra chicken.
How do I roast bone-in chicken breasts? Place them skin side up on an aluminum foil covered sheet pan, rub with a little good quality olive oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Pop them into a 350 degree oven for 40 – 45 minutes, until juices are clear and they temp at 170 or so. Cover & let rest for 10 minutes.
I wanted to share with you a favorite kitchen gadget of mine – a digital kitchen scale. At first, I didn’t think it would be much use to me but now I don’t know what I’d do without it. Some things I’m good at eyeballing, other things I need some help.
I love that I can put a bowl on the scale, set it to zero, and then weigh whatever I need. It’s particularly helpful when baking. When writing this recipe, I used it to weigh out 6 ounces of spinach.
I only used four ounces, but now I know exactly how much I used so I could tell you. I’ve also used my scale to weigh meats for marinades, for cooking recipes written with metric measurements or in pounds/ounces, in baking, and in so many cooking recipes.
This particular model, the EatSmart Precision Pro Food Scale, will be one of the give-aways during Holiday Food Fest – which starts next Thursday! I like it because I can see the display easily when using large bowls and stock pots. It’s also light-weight, easy to store, and cleans up easily. The price point is good when compared to similar models.