Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup


This Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup is quick, easy, and so flavorful!


Chicken in Instapot

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 – 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped fine
  • 1 whole lemon
  • Salt, Pepper, and Italian Seasoning to taste


Place chicken breasts in an Instapot or crockpot and pour chicken stock over.

Sauté already cut up onion, celery and shredded carrots with a little oil, garlic and Italian seasoning till tender.

Add cooked quinoa.  Once chicken is finished shred and add veggie/ quinoa mix.

Add more chicken broth if needed. Finally, add your salt and squeeze a whole lemon 🍋.  So fast and so good.


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Love Real Food – Cookbook Review

Love Real Food vegetarian cookbook


I few years back after reading The China Study and watching documentaries like Food Inc.,  I swore off meat….well, chicken, red beef and pork.  I had to draw the line at fish – I love me some salmon :).  In any case, I started looking for recipes online for vegetarian meals.  My criteria was that they had to be relatively easy to make, not contain too many ingredients, and above all taste good.  Time after time, I returned to the blog Cookie + Kate for recipes that checked all of these boxes.  So, when I recently went to Cookie + Kate for a recipe I was sooooooo excited to see that she had a new cookbook out called Love Real Food.

Lucky for us, the team at Cookie + Kate sent us a cookbook for review and I couldn’t have been happier when I opened it.  If you find yourself constantly looking for vegetarian meals, including breakfast, lunch and dessert, and are a fan of Nearly All Things – then you’ll love Love Real Food!  Like our site, she provides healthy recipes that are relatively easy to make, contain real food, and offers a splash of fun too.  What do I mean by a splash of fun?  Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream Sundaes and Brown Derby Cocktails – that’s what I mean 🙂

I tried a few of the recipes and this cookbook does not disappoint.  I tried the Shredded Brussels and Kale Hash with Crispy Parmesan – yum!!!  And like any recovering vegetarian, I threw a couple of fried eggs on top and had an amazing breakfast 😉  Although, I’ve also been snacking on the hash without anything added – it’s really amazing all by itself!



And, the carrot cake breakfast cookies…who wouldn’t love the taste of carrot cake as a healthy snack? These are dangerous in my household….oh wait, no they aren’t because they are made with real food, contain a ton of fiber, vegetables, protein, and just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more.  Yay!

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

The book also has great pictures to go along with each recipe – which personally I believe is the key to any great cookbook.  So, I encourage you to purchase Love Real Food.  It’s got a ton of delicious recipes for vegetarians and wannabe vegetarians like me!  Buy it here.

Shredded Brussels and Kale Hash with Crispy Parmesan from Love Real Food:


  • Equal parts brussel spourts, kale, cabbage and carrots.
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 C Shaved Partmesan


(Summary from the cookbook Love Real Food.)

Preheat oven to 425F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Shred your vegetables.  You can even buy these already shredded from the grocery store to make this all that much easier.  Toss with your olive oil.  Mix in your shaved parmesan and toss again.  Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets.  Place the baking sheets in your oven on the top and middle row.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes until you get a nice crispness to your vegetables.  Switch the pans halfway through.  Serve immediately.

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Cauliflower Bone Broth Soup

High Protein Soup with Cauliflower and Bone Broth

If you are like us, you may be following a stricter eating plan this month.  Cue the cauliflower.  Well, as you probably have realized by now, we love our soups at Nearly All Things.  The problem is that we are looking to add more protein in our diet.  So, Ashlee came up with this great idea to use bone broth in her Cauliflower Soup.

And, just in case you aren’t totally familiar with bone broth, let me share some of its top health benefits.  To start with, it contains a slew of vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, selenium, and iron. Bone broth also contains gelatin which breaks down into collagen and can help protect the joints. It also contains the amino acid glycine which can help you sleep better at night.  And lastly, which takes us back to why it was added to this soup in the first place, bone broth can help you lose weight because it is high in protein and makes you feel full longer.  Tah dah!

Cauliflower Soup with Organic Beef Bone broth

Cauliflower Bone Broth Soup


  • Head of cauliflower
  • 2 – 3 Cups Bone broth (depending on how thick you want your soup)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Toppings (optional – but so worth it!):

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon


Steam the head of cauliflower.  Add steamed cauliflower, garlic, and bone broth to the blender.

Transfer blended mixture to the stovetop.  Add about 1/2 cup of milk or cream.  Add 1/2 stick of butter and stir until it is melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.


Cauliflower Soup with Bone Broth


Cook on low for 10 minutes. Here is what your soup will look like, especially if you like it a little thicker like me:

Top your soup off with cheese and bacon – c’mon you know you want to 🙂

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is crazy easy to make.  Throw the ingredients in the crockpot and 6 hours later – you are done.  It’s one of my favorite things to make early in the day and then come home to a wonderful smelling house with a meal ready to go!

Now, I said this is crazy easy, but there is a little time involved in chopping the onions, red peppers and garlic.  If you don’t have the time – buy that stuff already chopped!  Otherwise, make sure you tag on about 10 minutes of chopping.  But overall, it couldn’t be easier 🙂

Chicken Tortilla soup ingredients

This is a compilation of a lot of different recipes I found online but ultimately I added lots more cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper – because I want my tortilla soup flavorful!  But if you are leery about too much spice, I recommend adding about 1/2 of the spice and then keep adding more until you find the right spice and flavor for you.  If you agree that more flavor is better – than add away.


  • 1- 1 1/2 lb organic chicken breast
  • 1 15 oz can organic black beans – rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen white sweet corn
  • 2 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1- 2 chopped red peppers
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp cumin
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 – 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup monterey jack & cheddar mix



Set out a buffet of options, anything goes – but here is what we like:

  • Prepackaged tortilla strips
  • Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese mix
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Jalapeño, sliced raw or Crispy Jalapeño by Fresh Gourmet

Crispy Jalapenos by Fresh Gourmet


Directions for Crockpot:

Turn your slow cooker to high.  Rinse your chicken and place in your slow cooker. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken.  Add remaining ingredients.  Stir.

After an hour, turn your slow cooker to low and continue to bake for 5-7 hours or until the chicken starts to fall apart with a fork.


Directions for when you don’t have 5 – 7 hours:

Pour 1 – 2 Tbsp EVOO in a large stock pot and sauté your onions and red peppers.

Chop your chicken into bite size pieces and throw into the pot once the onions and red peppers have cooked for about 10 minutes.  Cook for about 5 minutes, then throw in your garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and a dash of pepper.  Stir while this cooks for about 2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients (minus the cheese) and cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until all the flavors have blended well.  Add the cheese and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.

Serve bowlfuls and top with your choice of toppings.  Enjoy!

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5 Tips to Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

gettimg back on track after holidays

If you have been overindulging in food and drink since the kids got out of school for winter break, then, like us, you are probably starting to think about returning to a healthier lifestyle.

Below are our five tips for getting back on track:

1.  Set realistic goals.

If your goals or resolutions are realistic, you are more likely to stick to them.  Keep in mind that a pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories.  So cutting 500 calories a day would lead to losing 1 lb/week.

If you’ve never run before, don’t sign up for a marathon.  Maybe try a 5K first.  And, if running isn’t your thang – that’s fine too.  There are so many different types of exercise.  Find out which one you like and you will be more likely to stick to that.  Most gyms will offer a free trial class or even a free week of classes.  Shop around and see what you like.  Not into a gym just yet?  There are tons of workouts online.  Really, there’s something out there for everyone.

2.  Weigh yourself once a week. 

Don’t weigh yourself daily.  Instead, pick a day and a time (morning is best) each week to weigh yourself.  Track it and watch your progress.  Weighing yourself each day is bound to have many ups and downs which can defeat your motivation.  Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.


3.  Hold yourself accountable.

Grab a group of girlfriends, a spouse, or join an online weight loss group.  Let’s face it, we aren’t always motivated to workout – having some accountability will get you moving on the days you don’t feel up for it.

4.  Surround yourself with positivity.

Positive quotes can be helpful in keeping you motivated. And yes, there’s an app for that!  Sign up for an app that will send you daily motivation and positivity.  Check out  Shine and Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations for daily messages.  Or, go old school and use post-its with positive messages.

Also, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people.  They are more likely to keep you motivated because they also want you to do well.  Limit your time  with people who make you feel bad about starting or following a healthy lifestyle.  If they care about you, they should be encouraging you.

5.  Cut back on sugary treats – and yes, that includes alcohol too.

Just keep reminding yourself that these are empty calories.  If you have been adding several drinks each night or reaching for the holiday cookies, you’ve been adding a lot of extra calories.    It’s time (well, at least after New Years) to cut back and get back in control of your diet.  Have healthy, go-to-snacks readily available and remove the junk food.  Add a Simple Green Smoothie into your morning routine or grab a cup of Sweet and Spicy Tea in the afternoon instead of something sweet.

Need more motivation?

Here’s some articles we found insightful and motivational:

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Overeating

Nutrition: Eight Tips to Get Back on Track After Christmas

How Much Damage Does Indulging Over the Holidays Actually Do?

What’s The Best Way To Track Weight Loss: A Measuring Tape Or Scale?

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Christmas Smoothie with Cranberries

cranberries for a smoothie

Throwing frozen cranberries into your smoothie this holiday season will help strengthen your immunity and help protect your body from free radicals. Our Christmas smoothie combines kale and cranberries which makes for a gorgeous, dark, pine color – perfect the holiday season!  It’s delicious!

Why cranberries?  Cranberries are higher in antioxidants than other fruits and berries.  Antioxidants help detoxify the body of harmful free-radicals.  Since free-radicals play a role in the aging process and the development of diseases like heart disease and cancer,  it’s a good idea to add antioxidants into your daily diet. Plus, cranberries are known to help with urinary tract infections.  According to our friend Mykelle, just five cranberries a day can help in preventing UTIs.

Since cranberries can be a little tart, I sweetened the smoothie with frozen strawberries and a ripe banana.  It’s a great balance of flavors with a little bit of sweetness, but not too much.


Christmas Smoothie:


  • 1 handful frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup lacinato kale (other kale types or even spinach will work as well)
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries (organic preferred)
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 cup water


Place water and kale in your Vitamix or blender of choice.  Make sure this is properly blended before adding any other ingredients so you get a nice smooth consistency.  Once this is blended well, add remaining ingredients and mix until blended.  Pour into a glass and enjoy 🙂

Christmas Smoothie with Cranberries


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Cranberry photo by Jessica Lewis from Pexels


Coconut Curry Chicken with Cauliflower

Try this healthy and easy dish for dinner.  It packs a lot of flavor too!


  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups cauliflower – chopped
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup carrots – chopped or add bag of stringed carrots
  • 2 cups kale –  stems removed and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Can Coconut Cream (2 cans if you like a lot of liquid)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Red Curry Paste
  • Salt to taste

Topping options:

  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Sriracha


Cook your chicken breast in a crockpot or insta pot.  Once it is cooked through, let cook, shred, then set aside.

Sauté cauliflower, carrots and kale in coconut oil till tender.

Saute Cauliflower and Kale

Add a can or two of coconut cream in can (depending on how much liquid you like).

Add 2-3 tablespoons of red curry paste.

Add cooked shredded chicken to the pan and simmer all together.  Add salt to taste.

Shredded Chicken for Coconut Curry Chicken

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Top it off with crushed peanuts and a little Sriracha if you like a little heat.  Easy and delicious!

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