Monday, July 19, 2010

Barley...Sweet Barley!!!

Okay, I know...its hot, really hot, so who wants soup, BUT, if you are trying to eat healthier and maybe trying to lose a little bit of weight...soup is SO great for you!!! Oh...did I forget to mention...its a crockpot recipe AND it has barley in it!!! That makes this soup healthy, hearty, high-fiber AND low calorie!!! If you are just too hot to serve soup right this for the fall!!!

This tastes very similar to the Progresso Santa Fe Style Chicken Soup. (It is one of their low-calorie ones!)

Southwestern Chicken Soup

1 can corn, drained
2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
7 C chicken broth
1-4oz. can chopped green chilies
1 can black beans, drained
½ C whole wheat kernals
½ C hulled barley
1 T cumin (or to taste...sometimes I add a little more)
1 ½ tsp chili powder (or to taste...sometimes I add a little more)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp cayenne (optional)(sometimes I add a little more for some kick!)
2 T whole wheat flour

Mix all ingredients, except corn in the crockpot. Cook for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Add corn about ½ hour before serving.
Serve with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.

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