Chicken barley soup (low cal)

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 pounds Chicken, Cut in pieces
½ cup Uncooked barley
9 cups Water
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
3 Celery stalks with leaves
1 small Onion
½ cup Chopped onion
½ cup Finely chopped carrot
½ cup Chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper, freshly ground
¼ teaspoon Celery seed
1½ cup Green beans cut, fresh

Place chicken, water, leaves from celery and small onion in a large saucepan. (Reserve celery stalks.) Cover saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1½ hours until chicken is tender. Remove chicken. Strain broth into bowl; chill until fat sets on top. Remove fat.

Remove skin and bones from chicken, discard. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, set aside. (My note: if you want less than 8 servings, freeze extra broth and chicken separately in meal-sized portions.)

Return broth to saucepan. Chop reserved celery stalks, add to broth with chopped onion, carrot, parsley, barley, lemon juice, seasonings.

Cover and simmer 20 min.

Add fresh green beans and chicken; continue cooking 15 min or until beans are tender. Each serving 1 ½ cup.

11 g carbohydrate, 14 g protein 5 g fat, 145 calories 2 Protein Choices, 1 fruit & veg. choice

Source: Choice Cooking c. 1986 Canadian Diabetes Association Shared by Elizabeth Rodier, tested Sept 93 with substitutions. From the files of Al Rice, North PoleAlaska, Feb 1994

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