"Creamy" Chicken and Rice Soup

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 slices Organic Bacon (chopped, recommended pasture raised pork without antibiotics & hormones and nitrate free)

  • 1 cup Yellow Onion (chopped)

  • 1 cup Carrot (shredded or finely chopped)

  • 1 cup Celery (chopped)

  • 1 tbsp Dried Thyme

  • 8 ozs Mushrooms (8oz package, sliced/chopped)

  • 4 Garlic (cloves, minced)

  • 4 cups Organic Chicken Broth (organic, low sodium)

  • 1 cup Water 4 cups Kale Leaves (chopped)

  • 1 tsp Sea Salt (kosher)

  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

  • 4 ozs Chicken Breast (chopped or shredded)

  • 1 cup Wild Rice (cooked, omit if Paleo)

  • 1 cup Organic Coconut Milk (full fat)

  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour (use coconut or almond flour if Paleo)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high.

  • Add bacon to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and reserve 1 tablespoon drippings.

  • Add onion, carrot, and celery to pan and sauté 3-5 minutes. 3.

  • Add thyme, mushrooms, and garlic and sauté another 5 minutes.

  • Add stock and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer around 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  • Add kale, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes. Stir in chicken and rice.

  • Combine coconut milk and flour in bowl with a whisk. Stir into soup; cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Top with bacon (optional).

NOTES:

  • I recommend organic ingredients when possible or chicken fed a vegetarian diet without any hormones or antibiotics.

  • Prefer a plant-based diet? Make without the bacon or chicken; however, recommend adding a bit more salt and use coconut oil to sauté the vegetables in place of the bacon drippings.

  • Meal prep ideas: Cook rice and chicken in advance (or use from a meal earlier in the week). Leftover or rotisserie chicken work great for a quick meal.