BUTTERNUT SQUASH + COLLARD GREEN + CHICKEN SOUP {Paleo}

butternutsquashsoupI’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really like to follow recipes when it comes to cooking, just look at some of my other recipes.  I find that my best dishes usually come when I toss things I enjoy into a pan and hope for the best. This soup falls into that category.

My entire apartment smelled wonderful for hours after my first batch of soup a few weeks ago. I knew a soup would be the perfect way to use my leftover collard greens and chicken. It was so perfect in fact, that I got it right on the first try.

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I had it in the pot and The Workout Bud (my fiance!!! ah!) stopped by. I served him up a bowl without even trying it first to make sure the seasoning was right. A giant smile crossed his face and he said it was delicious – no need for extra seasoning or anything.

After one bite myself, I couldn’t have agreed more. Luckily, I made a big pot, so I added the leftovers to freezer bags and enjoyed this soup a few more times.

What I love about it is that it’s super simple. Just a few ingredients. It’s sweet and savory and a perfect soup for a cold winter day. It’s my new go-to!

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH + COLLARD GREEN + CHICKEN SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butternut squash, diced in small cubes
  • 1-2 cups sliced collard greens
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded roasted chicken
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth, bone broth, or veggie broth
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • salt + pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Purchase roasted shredded chicken, bake chicken breast, or roast a whole chicken yourself! Shred chicken and set aside.
  2. Heat coconut oil in pot over medium heat, add chopped onion and carrot. Cook for a few minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add chopped butternut squash to pan and stir. At this point, season with salt, pepper, and the cinnamon. Add about 1/2 cup of broth to the pot, enough to cover the squash cubes. Over with lid and let squash steam for a few minutes. * you might need to add a little more broth, so check squash every few minutes.
  4. Once the squash is al dente, add shredded chicken, collard greens, and the rest of the broth. The amount of broth depends on how brothy…is that a word, you like your soup.
  5. Let soup come to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the squash is soft.
  6. Add any additional seasoning, as needed to taste.

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Enjoy!

Quick report on the detox: my first 2 days of fasting went so well! I ended up having a little food on Monday night, because the manner of women came (first time it’s come 2 months IN.A.ROW. in over a year). So far, things are going so well! I was super glad to not be sick the first two days. It’s just a reminder that the body is healing.

What’s your go-to winter soup?

- Jen.

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WELL, HELLO MONDAY…

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Good morning!

How are you doing? How was your weekend?
My left arm is a little sore, as I type, from holding up my ENGAGEMENT RING ALL WEEKEND! Hah!

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Isn’t that a beauty?! Man, The Workout Bud sure did a good job!
I knew it was coming, but I certainly didn’t expect it on Friday night! He had me looking at rings for almost an hour on Tuesday, so I figured he still hadn’t picked one out. Apparently, he was just showing me a bunch, including the one above, to make sure that I actually liked it. Good job, boo.
I’ll share the whole story this week, but I can tell you, it was a good proposal. After it happened, we went over to my parents house to show them and scream with my mom.

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Saturday, after 4 1/2 years, our parents met! We had lunch together and celebrated. Everyone is pretty excited. The Bud and I just hung for the afternoon – he played video games like a nerd and I did some planning,  watched Scandal, and noshed on the GF brownies The Workout Bud’s mom made for me.  And the sugar cookie tea was top. notch.

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Sunday, I stared my first day of a liver detox. It is the same detox I did when I first started my elimination diet 2 years ago. The past few weeks have not been so great for my stomach, plus, after dealing with a candida bout or two this year, I wanted to get a clean slate. I debated waiting until after the holidays, but I am pretty positive, there won’t be a ‘good’ week or weekend to do a detox for a while.

Now, last time I did the detox, I was sick for the first two days. But, this time, I feel pretty good. No sickness, just a little tired. Which was perfect, because I spent my Sunday afternoon on the couch, by the tree, watching Scandal and blogging (my bloglovin feed is starting to look prettier) and planning.

IMG_1572.JPGNow that there’s a wedding on the way, you can expect to see a couple wedding posts and some of my favorites each Monday. So, be on the lookout. Until then, here’s to another Monday…

on weighing: without numbers

on increasing blog traffic: 11 tips

on eating during the holidays: a guide

on body love: every body is different

on gym intimidation: a woman’s guide

on easy sessions: they make you better

on flexible dieting: how flexible should you be

on workout wardrobe: budget tips

on my ‘Must try these workouts’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘Holiday treat ideas’ list: one. two. three. four. <– droooooling

on my ‘I love cold weather fashion’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘Future home ideas’ list: one. two. three. four

the wedding dress I would die for.

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Gah, it’s beautiful. And expensive.

I’ve just got this week of work, and then it’s 2 weeks off for Christmas!! I teach a couple of days and have a hair cut to look forward too at the end of the week!

How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

- Jen.

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KETTLEBELL PYRAMID WORKOUT

About that time I took blog photos for a workout, on a sunny day, and didn’t look at the photos until a couple months later, only to find that I was making a terrible face in most of the photos.

That happen.

I took these photos with The Workout Bud a couple months ago, along with the photos from last weeks workout. And then I didn’t look at them after. Until a couple night ago when it was time to get the photos ready to share in today’s post. And I realized how squinty my face was in most of the photos. Including the one’s below. But I was too booked to take new photos this week, so you get to see my squinty face!

Happy Feelin’ Fit Friday, by the way! Are you as excited as me that it’s Friday?!

Today’s workout is a good one. There are 4 different moves.You will need a mid-heavy kettlebell or two different weights, and a jump rope. Each starts at a certain number of rep and either decreases reps by 10,  5, or 1 rep, each round, except for the skips.

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For example, you will go through the first round: 100 skips, 50 swings, 25 deadlifts, and 10 clean + press. After the last clean + press, rest 30 seconds, if need be, then jump (literally) to 100 skips, 40 swings, 20 deadlifts, and 9 clean + press.

KETTLEBELL SWINGS reps decrease by 10.
DEADLIFT reps decrease by 5.
CLEAN + PRESS reps decrease by 1.
SKIPS are always 100 reps.

Feel free to repeat the entire workout one or two times, or use as a finisher. You can also start with a higher number of reps (100 swings, maybe) or lower number of reps (30 swings) for each move. Or increase/decrease reps on specific moves.

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What are you up too this weekend? The Workout Bud’s parents and my parents are FINALLY meeting. For the first time. In 4.5 years! Crazy! Plus, I plan on watching Christmas movies and decorating. And my church is having a Christmas party. I’m thinking it should be a great weekend!

Have you decorated for Christmas yet?!

- Jen.

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