Author: Barbara Murphy

Heart Healthy Tips for Women

Heart Healthy Tips for Women

February is heart month. Did you know that heart disease kills approximately seven times more Canadian women than breast cancer each year. Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in women.  A woman’s risk of heart disease increases with age, ethnic background, socioeconomic Read more

Chia seed pudding with strawberry compote

Chia seed pudding with strawberry compote

Valentine’s day is right around the corner. I wanted to share this  simple, delicious and easy to make chia seed pudding with strawberry compote. Not only is this recipe easy to make but it’s incredibly healthy too. Make this chia seed pudding with strawberry compote Read more

Easy peasy chicken noodle soup

Easy peasy chicken noodle soup

I love soup season. This easy peasy chicken noodle soup is packed with vegetables, chicken, barley and noodles. With the days getting cooler and the busy holiday season ahead of us, you can bet this easy peasy chicken noodle soup will be on repeat in the Murphy household.

I used left over roasted chicken for this soup, you can also use  chicken breast and/or turkey. For extra filling power, I added extra vegetables and barley. Barley is a nutritious grain packed with fibre, proteins as well as,  B vitamins , zinc, and potassium. You may wonder what type of barley is healthier hulled vs pearled. While pearled barely, the most common barley, is more refined and has its hull removed,  but it is still a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals with a cooking time around 45 minutes in comparison to 2 hours for hulled.  1 cup of pearled barley contains 6 grams of fibre in comparison to 10 grams found in hulled barley.  Pot barley is less refined than pearl but more than hulled barley. Adding  and variety of barley will add nutritive value to your soup, keep in mind,  the less refined the more nutrients you will have.

Easy peasy chicken noodle soup
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup of uncooked egg noodles
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups of carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup of barley
  • 1 cup of chicken ( i used roasted chicken) chopped
  • 3 springs of thyme
  • 6 cups of chicken stock, low sodium
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add salt and pasta. Cook until al dente.Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot, add celery and carrots cook until soft, 4- 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add chopped chicken, stock, and salt and pepper. Add barley. Bring to a simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add cooked pasta..
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I love soups this time of year. Another favorite is this roasted butternut squash soup.

 

Enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin loaf

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