Friday, November 18, 2011

Quick Chicken, Pumpkin, Brocolli, Curry Soup, and What I'm Making For Thanksgiving

I'm a big fan of soup. It's too bad I live with someone who hates it.


Because of that fact, I never make large batches of soup, I just make single servings. I keep low sodium chicken or vegetable broth in my house at all times during the cold fall and winter months.

Who says you have to take more than five minutes to make a delicious and hearty soup for dinner? I'm not one to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen making dinner, especially on nights when I get home at 7:30pm, so I've been coming up with quick and healthy recipes over the past couple years (see my "Quick and Healthy Recipes" column on the right). This one is next to be added on that list!

5-Minute Chicken, Pumpkin, and Broccoli Curry Soup

1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cooked broccoli
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 ounces grilled chicken
2 t garlic olive oil
1 tsp curry


Add everything to a saucepan and heat until it's to your desired temperature.
Serve with a piece of whole grain bread or eat alone and enjoy (it's filling!).

You can add the Greek yogurt on top of the soup separately if you want, but I mixed the Greek yogurt into my soup, and since I accidentally brought it to a boil it "broke" and curdled a bit. It made for a not-so-pretty soup, but it certainly didn't lack flavor. This soup was so good that I made it two nights in a row.

When I first made this soup I figured I would need something else to eat with it, but this soup was the perfect amount of calories, protein, and fat to fill me up for dinner.

QUESTION: Do you have any easy soup, stew, or chili recipes you'd like to share? Here are some more of mine from previous posts:

What are you making for Thanksgiving? My aunt, uncle, and cousin are on gluten free diets so this year I am making them some gluten free stuffing.

This recipe is from Clean Eating magazine, and I am basically following it exactly, but substituting gluten free whole grain bread for the regular bread. I am also going to make some of Nicole's pumpkin spice hummus, with pita (why not add a Greek twist to a traditional Thanksgiving meal?!). This will be Nick and my first Thanksgiving together (was that proper English?). Can you believe it?! After six years we're finally going to be together on Thanksgiving. I'm definitely thankful for that!


  1. OMG! That picture of Nick is hilarious!! Does he know it's up there? :)

    The soup looks great! I'd never think to put pumpkin and broccoli together, but I love'em both!

    And first Thanksgiving together? That's wonderful! That's very special :)

  2. That first picture is too funny! Love it! I might have mentioned this befor, but my husband hates cold soups. Fortunately he likes hot soup :-). Your recipe sounds really yummy, and you're right, soup on it's own is often filling enough. I have an easy parsnip and apple soup on my blog, plus I just made some Albondigas soup that turned out really yummy ad was easier to make than I thought it would be. Hope to post the recipe soon. Happy early Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful celebration with Nick!

  3. bahahahahahaha this picture of nick is hilarious!!

    what a great soup recipe! use peanut butter instead of olive oil next time i'm telling you i PROMISE its going to take it to the next level! its just like the peanut curry soup i make and i'm SO addicted to that!

  4. Haha love that picture of your man! He must really HATE soup! My hubs isn't a big fan, but I looooove it. I've really been wanting to make tomato with grilled cheese. It just sounds so comforting and tasty.

    This looks so easy and tasty too. Simple is my new best friend.

  5. I love curry! What a great compliment to the pumpkin!! I love Julies idea of adding Peanut Butter...YUM!
    Have a great first Tday together...gobble gobble!

  6. This is a combination I wouldn't have thought of and sounds delicious. This time of year I love to keep soup recipes ready to go, I'll be adding this to my list!

  7. heeeheeee I don't think I have seen Nick before...oh maybe once. Funny! I am so happy that you two will spend Thanksgiving together! Hooray!

    Love that you are doing gluten free stuffing!! I think I've seen that recipe - I have a few issues of Clean Eating from random months/years!

    I'm thankful too bc I'll be seeing my man as well ( we live 500 mi apart right now!)

    Question time
    I would be curious if substituting cornbread ( gf) would work just as well ooo or half and half - gf bread + gf cornbread ! What brand of gf bread will you use OR will you bake your own ?

  8. I LOVE soup, and I make a big pot almost every week. I love eating the leftovers for lunch. Also, I have found that the leftovers of many soups freeze quite well. I like your quick soup recipe! You are right, you don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to make healthy and tasty food. One of my favorite soups are "clean out the fridge soups." Basically, I just sautee all the leftover veggies in the fridge, add veggie stock, and then puree the soup. I like to make the soups "interesting" by adding homemade croutons, roasted chickpeas, etc.

    The stuffing sounds great!