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tikka masala with chicken, potatoes, chickpeas & spinach.

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Cold weather is here, bring on the soups!

Did you know there are many health, social and financial benefits to drinking soup? Here are a few.

Simple way to eat your veggies.

If you struggle with getting your vegetables in (recommendation 2 1/2 cups/day), try soups and I always say “just add some spinach” you barley taste it and it takes on the taste of whatever its in.

Gets better with time.

The flavor of soup is even better the next day, so it makes great leftovers. A bowl warmed up for lunch is perfect on its own or with pita bread or a side of rice.

Discourages waste.

It’s a great way to get rid of leftovers. Add vegetables, cooked grains, broth, and beans. Not sure what to do with the last of the bunch of parsley or cilantro? Throw it in the soup!

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Substitute broccoli for carrots, rice for noodles, vegetable broth for beef broth, kidney for black beans, and turkey for chicken. Don’t worry, you may change the nature of the soup a bit, but chances are it will still be delicious.

Inexpensive.

Making soup is a great way to stretch your ingredients, especially the more expensive ones like meat and cheese. Use meat as a flavor-enhancer. Instead of incorporating cheese into the soup, save it to sprinkle on top, you may be satisfied with less.

Affords great hospitality.

Knowing you have a half pot of soup in the fridge or a few containers in the freezer may be just what you need to offer an impromptu invitation. Throw together a salad and a loaf of bread and you have a meal to share with loved ones.

Tikka Masala Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shredded chicken
  • 2 cans of chickpeas
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 whole beef stock tomatoes
  • 3 whole red potatoes
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Garlic salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons hot curry

Instructions

  1. Prepare skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Cut raw chicken into desired large cubes.
  3. Place raw chicken into skillet, add seasonings (garlic salt, pepper, turmeric, and curry.
  4. Prepare the potatoes, you want them half way cooked before adding them to the stew. Chop up the potatoes into cubes (skin them if you life), I like to keep the skin on.
  5. Dice tomatoes and onions and begin to add all the ingredients expect for spinach into another pot.
  6. Remember to add chicken and all the contents to the pot.
  7. Allow ingredients to cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes.
  8. Add spinach and fold into the soup after the 15 minutes and reduce heat to low.
  9. Let soup sit for a few minutes and marinate and serve on top of white rice or with naan bread or pita bread.

Enjoy!

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