I must be sick.
It’s been beautiful the past three days and I haven’t stepped outside anymore than I’ve needed to. There have been no runs in the sun, no walks in Duke Gardens, nothing outdoorsy taking place in my life. Instead, I’ve felt like I’m going to sneeze every 20 seconds and my nose is starting to resemble Rudolph’s.
Allergies seem to be the culprit. I think I could star in an Allegra or Claritin commercial right now and I wouldn’t even have to act that I’m sniffling, sneezing, coughing, wheezing. It’s all real.
Thank goodness for soup.
Chicken Jalapeno Soup to Cure Anything
Makes 5 to 6 large servings
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup onion, diced
4 medium carrots, chopped
3 jalapenos, chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cumin
1 ½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. paprika
¾ cup golden hominy
¾ cup great northern beans (drained and rinsed if using the canned variety)
1 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth or stock
¾ to 1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in onion,carrots, and jalapenos and saute for 3 minutes. Add all seasonings (garlic through paprika) and stir to combine for about a minute.
Add in hominy*, beans, and chicken**. Mix well in the pot and let cook for 2 minutes to allow everything to warm together.
Pour in chicken stock and water. You want to make sure that everything is covered with liquid. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occassionally during the cooking process and adjust seasonings before serving.
*Hominy — a variety of corn (I affectionately call it “corn on steroids” because the kernels are huge) can be found in most grocery stores in the Mexican or Hispanic food section (it comes in a can).
**Rotisserie chicken — I simply bought a whole rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, let it cool, and then shredded the meat to use for this soup. I removed the skin, but you can leave some on if you like the flavor.
This soup is FILLING. And it’s incredibly healthy — lots of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, plus some healthy fats from the olive oil. It’s a perfect dinner on it’s own and gets better and better the longer it sits, so this is a time when you can look forward to leftovers! Plus, if you’re stuffed up like me, the spice from the peppers and seasonings will help decongest you.