LUCY BURDETTE: Have I mentioned that I’ve fallen in love with my crockpot since my oven died? Not every single thing I’ve tried has been amazing, but we’ve eaten well overall. I bought a cooker that has a browning option, so browning the chicken and onions before adding the other ingredients boosts the flavor.
This chicken and wild rice soup started as a recipe I found on Pinterest from Iowa Girl Eats.
And of course I made some adjustments for low-sodium eating. This means using low sodium broth, cutting out the salt, and increasing the most flavorful vegetables, such as onions, carrots, and celery. And then I added spinach for color and green goodies. Yummy! And it can be waiting for you when you get home from work or shopping or writing...
1 large onion
3 carrots, thinly sliced
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3 fresh sage leaves, chopped
leaves from about an inch of fresh rosemary
2 small bay leaves
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth plus 2 cups water
3/4 cup Lundberg Farms wild rice-brown rice blend
Several handfuls of fresh spinach
Brown the chicken and onion for several minutes. Then switch the heat to low, and add all ingredients into a 6-quart crock pot.
Cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken breasts are cooked through. Rice should be done around the same time.
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