Recipe and pro tip: Pressure cooker chicken soup

Happy Sunday everyone! After one heck of a week, I’m determined to kick this week off on a positive note. A part of that for me is preparing good hearty lunches for the week that will help fuel my days.

However, I see that I’m entering that time of year (as we all are) where our weekends begin to fill up with events with friends and family. I love it, but started to wonder if I will be dropping my meal prep on the weekends until the new year.

Then I discovered, the pressure cooker. My husband had one tucked away in the basement (he had inherited it from somewhere, and never used it). I brushed it off, and took to Pinterest, looking for familiar recipes to try this “new-to-me” device.

I tripped across a delicious looking lemon chicken rice soup from Chef de Home.  In about 25 minutes start to finish (with an 11 minute cook time) I had a delicious soup that will feed us for the week. I adapted the recipe by using boneless chicken breasts (since that’s what I had on hand), and I used an electric pressure cooker rather than a stovetop one.

For those who are wondering, this soup did pass the “picky husband test” despite the amount of leeks that are in this soup (he’s confident he doesn’t like onions/leeks but I just say that it’s celery). He’s been fighting a cold, so a good soup may help him kick it this week! Look at me outing my secrets. I hope he doesn’t read this! Also side note: there is NOTHING wrong with being a picky eater. You like what you like! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for not liking something. Just be willing to try a new preparation of something, as it could be that you don’t like the way something is prepared. 

Let’s look at some of the nutrition facts of this recipe. First off, it’s got a lot of vegetables and herbs. It has:

  • Carrots (good source of beta-carotene which is  converted into vitamin A in the body which helps with healthy looking skin) 
  • Leeks (provide similar health benefits to garlic and onions. Contains allicin which acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal)
  • Celery ( it has vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. Some studies suggest that good B6 levels can help with morning sickness if you’re pregnant – always talk to your doctor, but in the meantime some celery may help!) 
  • Peas (vitamin C and zinc – good for fighting colds!) 
  • Thyme (lots of good stuff here, been known to help with coughs, and chest congestion)
  • Garlic (see entry on leeks) 

Get the picture? Veggies are insanely good for you for so many different reasons.

Give this soup a try and bust out your old pressure cooker (which is this week’s pro tip!) I can see why they are making a comeback these days as folks are short on time, but still want good, delicious home-cooked food.

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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