I made this soup on a rainy day a couple of weeks ago. It had a nice, almost roasted pepper taste…which is saying something because I’m not fond of bell pepper, and straight-up dislike the green ones. It was pretty filling as-is because of the fiber in the onion and pepper, but we wanted a light meal. If you want something more substantial, corn muffins might make a nice side.
1 large vidalia or other sweet onion
2 large red bell peppers
2 – 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs olive oil
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
1 small (around 14 oz) can chicken broth
1 cup of shredded cheese
I used a store brand shredded “taco blend” with monterey jack, cheddar and asadero cheeses, although I had a similar (but chickenless) ‘pepper pot’ soup once that used smoked gouda. It was amazing to say the least. But then, smoked gouda on a piece of cardboard would probably taste good. The moral of that story is use whatever cheese you like, that melts to some degree, that you can afford and/or have on hand.
Cut the onion, pepper and chicken into medium strips…something you can handle with a spoon…just so the veggies are about the same time to cook evenly. Chuck it all in a slow cooker with the olive oil salt, and seasonings. Stir and cook on low for at least 5-6 hours (or while you are at work). At the end of 5 hours (or as soon as you get in the door) add the broth and cheese. Stir, and cook another 1/2 hour or more (while you take the kids to soccer practice, put laundry in, relax with a glass of wine…whatever it is you do in the evenings).
After the cheese has melted, stir again….and enjoy!
Makes 2-3 large bowls, or 5-6 cups.
Don’t ask me about nutritional information….but with fiber and vitamin c in peppers and onions, it can’t be too bad.
If you want to go ultra low fat, you could omit the cheese, or use some sort of low-fat or fat-free cheese-ish sort of thing…but you won’t catch me trying that. So you are on your own with that one.
My personal needs are to avoid sugars and starches…so the glycemic “bloodlist” of recipes will naturally be the largest. Though most of the time, healthy food will fit either strategy pretty well.