chicken, kale, and quinoa soup

I absolutely love kale!  The nutrition in kale is fantastic, we are talking about 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and 684% of vitamin K.  Forget the orange juice when you need your vitamin C, eat kale!  One orange has only 71% vitamin C.  Kale is a great source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus as well.  Have I convinced you to try kale yet?

This recipe is a great introduction to kale if you are a first timer.  This paleo dish is super easy and quick to make.  I made a big batch for the entire week.  It reheats on the stove wonderfully!  Here is the recipe, let me what you think of it!  I love hearing your thoughts.

bacon

Cut up bacon into bits and cook in a dutch oven.  Once the bacon is cooked to your liking, take it out and set aside.  Make sure to leave the bacon droppings in the pan.

carrots

Chop up 1.5 cups of onion and 0.75 cup of carrots.  Mince 6 garlic cloves while you are at it as well.  In your dutch oven with the bacon droppings, add the onion, carrots, and garlic with a dash of salt.  Sauté for about 5 minutes on medium heat then remove from the pan and set aside.  Keep the droppings in the pan again.

chickenthighs

Next step: chop up your chicken thighs into bite sized cubes.  Toss them into the pan with the bacon droppings.  Add a little salt and pepper to the chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 6 minutes or so.

cookedchickenthighs

Now you are ready to add the onion/carrot mixture.  Toss that into the pot along with the homemade chicken stock, two bay leaves, and a final dash of salt and pepper.  Bring your soup to boil.

simmersoup

Rinse your quinoa and put it in the pan.  Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes.  Add your kale and thyme, cook until kale is tender.  Dish up and serve topped with bacon!

chickenkalesoup2

There ya have it, delicious hearty paleo friendly meal!  This dish does not take long to make at all!  There are not too many ingredients so buy local and buy fresh!  Support your farmers everyone.  You can have a healthy nutritious meal on pennies!

 

Thanks!  Printable and shareable recipe below 😉

chickenkalesoup

 

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