Seven years ago we moved from our home in Hawaii to a small town in Minnesota… That is a story for another day and another post! As we were getting to know our new home and the friendly people we met, I found an odd, reoccurring event taking place. People kept giving me bags of Minnesota Wild Rice as a welcome gift. It seemed a strange tradition to me but after receiving 4 or 5 bags of this deep brown, nutty looking grain I decided that I better go find some recipes. Our favorite became a lovely, creamy soup with Chicken and Wild Rice.
I have recently modified our old standby recipe to fit into some of the things I have learned about managing health and weight but it is still as delicious as ever. The original recipe called for butter and flour with half and half to make a thickener. I have replaced that portion of the recipe with a fantastic little trick I learned from the fun and talented sisters over at Trim Healthy Mama. In their book, they have a creamy soup recipe called the Loaded Fotato Soup (page294). With that as my inspiration, I created this creamy, chicken goodness and when adding the wild rice, It makes a perfect Energizing meal!
Here is what you need:
16 oz frozen or fresh cauliflower
6 cups Chicken broth
2 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1 tsp glucomannan powder (I use this one)
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
1 onion, diced or sliced
½ cup Wild Rice
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 to 3 cups cooked diced chicken breast.
1.Simmer Cauliflower in Chicken broth for 10 min or so until tender. Remove cauliflower with a slotted spoon or strainer and put it into a blender. Set aside.
3. Take 2 cups of your chicken broth from the pot and add it to the blender with the cauliflower. Add cream cheese and glucomannan and blend for one minute or until smooth. Add cauliflower mixture back into veggies and broth. Pour in gently while stirring constantly.
4. Add in cooked chicken breast and return to heat to gently warm for another 20 min or so. The rice will continue to break open and soak up all the flavor and more of the liquid. Just don’t boil is again at this point.
I like to serve this with some of Gwen’s Bread warm and soft out of the oven.