italian chicken sausage & vegetable soup

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup | anutritionisteats.com

Back when we lived in Minnesota, soups were a regular lunch rotation while I suffered through winters.

Now that winter = 60 degrees, I find myself forgetting to make soups and stews, always waiting until it “cools down just a bit more.” Well, no more. I figured that since my office always feels cold, there’s no reason to wait until it cools down.

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup | anutritionisteats.com

The (very hot!) day I decided to make this soup, I watched Giada make a Vegetable & Barley Soup and I took two things from the episode: 1) Use a parmesan rind to help flavor soup (which I’ve always meant to do) and 2) Use the sausage as a topping instead of letting it simmer in the soup.

Like any good lunch or dinner – it’s healthy and tasty!

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I wanted the soup to be full of vegetables as well as a good source of protein and fiber. So it’s simple. Fill the soup with tender-crisp vegetables and throw in some chicken sausage for a protein boost, it’s a filling combo. It happens to be gluten-free and paleo, if you’re into those things!

Italian Chicken Sausage & Vegetable Soup
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Cook time:
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 1 heart of celery (2 cups chopped)
  • about 1 pound of carrots (2 cups chopped)
  • 10-12 cups of chopped kale
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • parmesan rind (optional)
  • 12 oz italian chicken sausage
  • salt & pepper
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add onion and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Add garlic, celery and carrots and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add kale, broth, water, tomatoes and parmesan rind and simmer for about 35-40 minutes.
  5. While soup is cooking, thinly slice chicken sausage in half lengthwise and then chop.
  6. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp of olive in in medium pan and sauté about 3-4 minutes, until brown, set aside.
  7. To serve, top serving of soup with chicken sausage and parmesan cheese if desired.
Calories: 370 Fat: 17 grams Carbohydrates: 35 grams Fiber: 10 grams Protein: 25 grams

 

new product favorites (april)

JustMayo-RetailJar

hampton creek just mayo. I bought this because I thought it was real, homemade mayo. Turns out it is vegan mayo. I contemplated taking it back to Whole Foods because I’m not usually a huge fan of vegan mayo, but figured I’d give it a try. It was DELICIOUS. And sorry honey, I never told you it was vegan. I’m pretty much counting down the days until I can buy their chipotle version, I love the packaging, the flavor, the texture, blah, blah, blah! I’m obsessed!

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wildbrine sauerkraut. I tried this a few years ago at Expo, and am so glad it’s in stores now. The Dill Pickle is by far my favorite and it is such a delicious way to get in some fermented foods in on a daily basis. (Side note: Has anyone made their own raw sauerkraut? I’m tempted!)

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everlane frozen wheat grass shots. These come frozen (like an ice cube) and can easily be tossed into a juice or smoothie. I love that I can add a bit of concentrated wheat grass without the hassle of dealing with wheat grass. I don’t really care for the flavor of straight wheat grass, but these are really mild and per the website, this is because it is grown outside instead of indoors like most wheat grass. 

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shell-n-all fried peanuts. I found a bag of these at World Market and after trying shell-on peanuts in Napa, I’ve been trying to find something similar. They are crunchy and delicious – and the nutrition stats are similar to regular roasted peanuts. Score! (7 Facts You Want to Know about Peanuts)

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vega one vanilla. I’ve been loving Vega’s “all-in-one nutritional shake” which is full of protein, fiber, greens, enzymes, probiotics and a slew of vitamins and minerals. (Both the chai and vanilla are fantastic!) I keep things simple and love vanilla vega one + frozen strawberries + spinach + coconut/almond milk.

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chipotle garlic sauce. We found this line of spicy sauces, rubs and snacks at a local LA event, and man the Chipotle Garlic Sauce is so good. I loooooove it on chicken drumsticks. (Even more so than buffalo sauce which was my favorite!) They also have some fun popcorns but beware, even my spice-loving brother couldn’t handle the ghost pepper candied popcorn! 

Have you recently tried a new food that you love and/or I NEED to try? 

haricot verts with shallot vinaigrette

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

I know I should probably say that kale or swiss chard or something with an insane amount of antioxidants is my favorite vegetable but if I had to name a favorite – and only one favorite vegetable – it would be haricot verts. (And not green beans, haricot verts.)

If you aren’t familiar with haricot verts, they are a thinner, more delicate, and some say more flavorful, french green bean.

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

Basically, I LOVE THEM!!!! 

We eat them every week. And typically prepare them the same way: lightly steamed and then sautéed in a bit of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. But sometimes I switch it up.

These haricot verts, are lightly steamed and tossed with a shallot vinaigrette and can be eaten warm, chilled or at room temperature. They are delicious and I love that they can be made ahead of time.

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

Serve them alongside a protein for dinner and get ready to fall in love with haricot verts!

nutrition facts (4 servings): 121 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein,  7 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Keywords: steam side gluten-free low-carb paleo

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 Tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 oz haricot verts

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients but haricot verts until emulsified. (Or shake together in a small jar.)

Lightly steam haricot verts in a glass bowl with a splash of water for 2-3 minutes, depending on how done you like them.

Drain off water and toss with dressing.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

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turkey burgers with caper aioli

turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

I’m not normally a turkey burger person. But this one, served with a bright aioli, is good. And it’s healthy. And it’s still January, so everyone wants “light/lean/skinny/healthy/paleo” recipes. So here we are. First a salad and now a turkey burger. Could I be anymore predictable? Sigh.

How did I – the self-proclaimed non-turkey burger fan – make a turkey burger? Well, towards the end of 2013, I bought three calendars. One was a standard daily calendar so I don’t forget important things, the second was the One-Sentence Journal (which I’m loving!) and the third was a Cooking Light Recipe Calendar that I keep at work so I can be surrounded by food inspiration everywhere I go!

So far, and we’re only a few weeks into 2014, I’ve made two recipes from the calendar, one of which inspired this burger. I must say, it’s been really fun to have a reminder to try out new recipes on a daily basis. And now I’ve made chicken and turkey burgers twice in a matter of weeks. WHAT?!

turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

When I started thinking about this turkey burger, I knew I wanted it healthy (light), so I kept the ingredients simple and used shallots and capers to pack the burger with flavor without adding many calories. The aioli is the perfect topping, and in my opinion, necessary for a “lean” burger. Bonus: when you use light mayonnaise – it barely adds any calories!

Another bonus? These turkey burgers have great nutrition stats: 260 calories, 15 grams fat, 3.8 grams carbohydrates and 28 grams protein. (Nutrition stats are for one turkey burger + aioli.)

Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato or use a bibb lettuce leaf instead of the bun for a gluten-free/paleo/low-carb meal.

Turkey Burger with Caper Aioli

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: grill entree turkey

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Aioli

    • 4 Tbsp light mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • 1 clove crushed garlic
    • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
    • salt & pepper

    For the Burgers

    • 20 oz lean (93%) ground turkey
    • 1/4 cup chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • salt & pepper
    • optional: hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato

    Instructions

    For the Aioli

    Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

    Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    For the Burgers

    Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.

    Form into four burgers.

    Heat grill or pan over medium heat.

    Cook for about five minutes per side, or until cooked through.

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