Chicken Butternut Squash Quinoa Soup

TWO MORE WEEKS UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

I’ve been playing around a lot with what’s important, and what used to be important to me that I’ve loosened the reigns a bit over the years.  Being an uber-nerd, I actually sat down and started to categorize this stuff.  Although I am still working on these lists (and probably will still grapple with this for a while), here’s what I came up with:  (1) the must haves, (2) the nice to haves (but not worth killing yourself over or beating yourself up over), and (3) wishes and wants, but nothing to struggle for… aka the “let it gos.

I’m going to devote today’s session to the Let It Gos.  Again, this is a list-in-process, but here are a few that I have written down:
  •  Needing the perfect body – life is too short to obsess over it.  I don’t have time to work out every day any more, I don’t feel joy in following a crazy strict diet and punishing myself if I veer off to have a cookie.
  • Comparing myself to other gals – I feel like this goes with not feeling like I need to look perfect, but I don’t find myself comparing the way I look to other girls anymore.  I’m not sure if it was all of a sudden or over time, but I no longer hate the VS models when they bombard my commercials.  I no longer want to push the 22-year-old perfect 10 in front of moving traffic.  More power to them.  Mostly…
  •  What others think of me/impressing everyone – I have come to the realization that I am awesome, and give zero farts about what anyone else has to say about that.  See, I just said farts on my blog, twice now.  How do I feel about that?  All smiles.
  •  Not eating in front of others – this was another one that I, like a lot of chicks, needed to get the eff over.  Everyone eats.  No one looks good doing it.  We are all slobs, embrace it.
  • Not admitting just how much tv I actually watch – I live alone, so my TV is basically my roommate.  It’s always on, basically to fill the silence void.  Why do people look down on TV watchers?  The “idiot tube?”  Snobs.
  • Not really doing things for yourself – I’m almost 30, I’ve been living alone pretty much since I was 20, and am just now getting a grip on what this really, truly means.  Doing things because you enjoy them, because you want to improve your life, because you need to relax more (or less?  I don’t know your life) is not an easy task.  We so often have ulterior motives, like landing a mate, getting a promotion, being better than that skinny 22-year-old.  Is it actually for you?  If not, maybe you need to let it go.

And now let’s talk about some food so we can get the Frozen song out of our heads.

Not only is this time of year great because of my birthday, but it is also soup weather!  Which means I get to bust out the slow cooker on the weekend for a lazy meal that will last me pretty much all week.  This was a super easy, crazy delicious set-it-and-forget it meal that instantly earned its way into my regular rotation.  Low fat, low cal, high protein, filling, and delicious?  I’ll take seconds, please!

Enjoy!

Materials:

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • two forks
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium (about 2 c) butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 c quinoa
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 1 can tomatoes (any kind) with juice
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • rosemary to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • parmesan cheese for serving

Directions:

  1. Place chicken on the bottom of the pot of a slow cooker.FullSizeRender
  2. Place all other ingredients into the slow cooker.IMG_6088
  3. Cook for at least 3 hours on HIGH or at least 5 hours on LOW. (I recommend slow and low!)FullSizeRender
  4. Take out chicken and shred using two forks.  FullSizeRenderPlace back into soup until ready to eat.
  5. Serve with parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy!  FullSizeRender

Chicken Butternut Squash Quinoa Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 4-6 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • two forks
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium (about 2 c) butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 c quinoa
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 1 can tomatoes (any kind) with juice
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • rosemary to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • parmesan cheese for serving

Directions:

  1. Place chicken on the bottom of the pot of a slow cooker.
  2. Place all other ingredients into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook for at least 3 hours on HIGH or at least 5 hours on LOW.
  4. Take out chicken and shred using two forks.  Place back into soup until ready to eat.
  5. Serve with parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

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