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I want to start off this post by thanking those of you who have been so kind as to check in with, pray for, and even send provisions to my family and I over the past week. My beautiful mother, who was the light of all of our lives, passed away on January 2nd. It has been heartening to hear from wonderful readers like you as we try to cope with this harsh new reality. I've written about her but am not yet sure if or when I'll hit publish on that. For now, here's a recipe she would have loved.
We're one week into the new year and still on track with nutritious eating and such, right? I'll assume you said "Of course, girl!" But if there was a little tremble in your voice when you answered, I feel you. It's way too soon to lose resolve, though, so today we are talking about a quick and easy dinner that won't detract you from your goals. Getting back into the swing of things at work after the holiday break can be a little rough but the best part is the routine. My workday meals, meetings, and lunch hour workouts are pretty well planned out. But between blogging, social events, and sometimes working late, I don't have as much routine in the evenings. And if I haven't prepped a meal, it can be tempting to grab something easy and maybe not so good for me. Do you sometimes feel caught off-guard at dinner time, too?
To curb that, it's key to have an arsenal of simple go-to dinner recipes. This tomato basil chicken soup is one of those quick and easy meals that fits the bill. The Imagine® Tomato Soup I use as the base feeds a family of four and you can either warm and serve it as is or add a few simple ingredients to elevate your soup night. I need a little something extra in my tomato soup but do NOT have time for marathon cooking on weeknights. I try to keep the ingredients on hand but since there are so few, it's easy to stop by Walmart and grab them on my way home from work if I need to. Then it's only 20 minutes to make from start to finish. You just can't beat that.
Houston weather tends to be up and down but, lately, it's actually felt like winter--cold, windy, and rainy--perfect for a steaming bowl of soup. You can make this tomato basil chicken soup as simple or as fancy as you want (or have time for) by adding in croutons, maybe some parmigiana reggiano. This is also great with fresh baby spinach stirred in at the end and you can add in other veggies like potatoes or squash--all up to you. To make the recipe as is, you'll just need to saute some chicken breast then stir in the soup and spices. Sprinkle a little fresh basil over top and it's officially on and popping!
To recap, this is a one-pot dinner that goes from stovetop to table (or couch--no judgement!) in just 20 minutes. You can pronounce all the ingredients in this meal and everything is available at your local Walmart. There are even a couple of savings offers on the Imagine® Tomato Soup. And Imagine® has plenty of other soup varieties so don't worry if tomato soup isn't your thing.
- Look for Shopkick rewards while offers last. Look for savings on specially marked packages and save up to $7. Click here for offer!
- Save $2 when you buy two different brands from the following: Rice Dream® Beverages, Imagine® Soups and Broths, Greek Gods® Yogurt.
I hope y'all are staying warm and comfy this winter and that this soup helps make your evening routine much easier. I've linked a few more warming and delicious soup recipes below, too. Thanks for reading!
- Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Soup (30 minutes)
- Rainbow Turkey & Veg Soup (45 minutes)
- Roasted Garlic Potato Soup (Slow Cooker)
Creamy, comforting, clean 20-minute soup made with just a few fresh ingredients
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
- sea salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 32 ounces Imagine Tomato Soup
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 4 leaves fresh basil
Over medium flame, heat olive oil in a medium pot or Dutch oven. Cut chicken into bite-sized (about 1-inch) pieces), season with sea salt and black pepper then add to pot.
Cook chicken through (about 6-8 minutes). Add tomato soup then stir in crushed red pepper.
Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile chiffonade basil leaves (easy video tutorial in the recipe notes). Add basil to soup just before serving.
Chiffonade means to slice thinly. Here's a an easy video visual.