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Slow Cooker Italian Greens & Chicken Soup

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 246
Protein 33g
Fat 10g
Carbs 7g
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Slow cooker season is here! Well, truthfully, it never left but the colder weather is even more of an excuse to fire up the old “crockpot,” toss in some items, walk away, then come back to a delicious, warming recipe.

If you want to switch up your favorite chicken soup recipe, try my Italian-inspired greens and chicken soup.  Even though it’s low carb, the abundance of greens make it pretty hearty and satisfying.  And it’s even better that you get a punch of vitamins and minerals.  To make this dish even more nutrient dense, enjoy with brown rice or wheat farro.

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Slow Cooker Italian Greens & Chicken Soup

Ingredients

Slow Cooker Italian Greens Chicken Soup

Ingredients for 5 servings

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 9oz (3) lean Italian chicken sausage, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
    • Substitute: regular or spicy chicken sausage;  beef sausage or pork sausage
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  •  Seasonings
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 2 teaspoons fennel (optional)
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups green chard (about 3 leaves), chopped
  • 3 cups (or ~1/2 medium) cabbage, chopped
  • Garnish
    • fresh parsley
    • fresh basil
    • red pepper flakes
Steps
  1. Set slow cooker setting to medium-heat “Sauté” (or set a nonstick skillet on medium heat).  Once hot, add the olive oil, onions and garlic.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the onions have turned slightly brown and translucent.
  2. Add the Italian sausage and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes or until the outer edges are seared.
  3. Add the chicken breast and the seasonings.  Stir and cook together for 1 – 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the saute function and add broth, water and a pinch of sea salt & pepper.  Stir, then cook on low heat for 6 hours.
  5.  When one hour remains, add in the chard and cabbage.  Stir, then continue cooking for the remaining time.
  6. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper, garnish and enjoy!

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Calories
246
Protein
33g
Fat
10g
Carbs
7g
Sodium
Fiber
2g
Sugar
3g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.