Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spiced-up Healthy Soup

14 Servings
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.

1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 cup medium pearl barley
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 jar (16 ounces) picante sauce
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
8 cups chopped fresh spinach
In a Dutch oven, saute onion and barley in oil until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth, chicken and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside.
Add the picante sauce, garbanzo beans and cilantro to soup; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until barley and lentils are tender.
Shred chicken with two forks. Add spinach and chicken to soup. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).

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