Hearty Tomato Basil Chicken Soup

I made this yesterday for my husband and I who are on Day 13 of our 2nd AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. We made it through our cleanse–woop woop!! This was so delicious and perfect for the cold weather day we had yesterday. We had the leftovers for dinner tonight. It was perfect!! If you are doing the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, I would recommend this recipe for when you are past the Cleanse Phase (day 11 or after). Hope you enjoy:-)

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic

2 stalks celery, sliced or chopped

2 carrots, sliced and peeled

3 cans diced tomatoes (no salt added)

1 can cannellini beans

3 cups shredded (cooked) chicken–I used an organic rotisserie chicken using no skin or fat and white meat

2 to 3 handfuls fresh spinach

1/4 cup fresh basil (I tore mine into small pieces)

Dash crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste (I only used pepper)

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute or two. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Then cook on low and simmer for at least 20 minutes. I let mine cook about 45 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

This should serve 4 to 6 bowls.

I’ll call this: Herb Roasted Chicken and Sides

If you are like me, you have probably seen this next recipe all over Pinterest and Facebook, so I had to try it myself and make my own modifications to make it AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge friendly. It was easy and something different. I hope you enjoy.

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This is a picture of it BEFORE it was cooked. FYI. The next picture is of all the ingredients I used. First, put 3 to 4 chicken breasts in the center of the baking dish. Be sure to spray with Pam first. Then on either side of the chicken place your fresh green beans and diced potatoes. I used petite golden potatoes. I’m sure it would be good also with red potatoes.

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First, I brushed about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the chicken and sides. I also sprayed some of the Bertolli Olive Oil Spray (I love, love this product–great olive oil flavor without the calories!!). Then I simply seasoned until it “looked good.” The seasonings you see here are Italian seasoning, pepper, garlic powder, thyme and garlic pepper.

I baked uncovered at 375 for approximately 45 minutes. You can tell when it is done:-)