It’s wintry cold and you want something warm and cozy to eat ASAP. You also want to stick to your nutrition goals. What do you do? Pull out your Instant Pot and make paleo chicken soup with kale! This is a recipe for exactly what you need – a delicious comfort soup that is loaded with flavor and nutrients! What makes this paleo chicken soup even better is the addition of kale that adds another layer of flavor and nutrition and will have you reaching over for seconds. This may just be your new favorite soup for the colder months.
Benefits of Kale
Over the years kale has grown in popularity and for very good reasons. Often called a “superfood,” kale will pack a nutrient punch whenever you include it in your diet. It has high levels of many vitamins and minerals, which are essential for normal body function. The nutrients in a serving of kale will support your immune system, brain, eyes, skin, muscles, heart, and many other pathways within your body. Kale has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it helpful for preventing and fighting many diseases including heart disease and cancer. It’s also an iron-containing food, important for you vegetarians and vegans out there. The nutrient counts will be decreased some in cooking, but it’s still worthwhile to include kale and other leafy greens in meals regularly.
As with most vegetables, kale is low in calories and high in fiber. This means it’ll help fill you up without packing on the calories. If your goal is to lose weight adding more fruits and veggies, like kale, will help you achieve that end because of the low-calorie content in most of these foods. Fiber is important for healthy cholesterol levels – if you have high cholesterol, eating enough fiber daily can help get your numbers back in the right range. And who can forget the importance of fiber for gut function? Adults need at least 25 gm of fiber per day and many of us fall short. Add some kale to your next soup, smoothie, salad, or sandwich and up the vitamin and fiber count right away! (Sources Dr. Axe; National Institute of Health, Arthritis Foundation, Healthline)
Paleo Chicken Soup with Kale
- 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1.5 Cups Medium Onion Chopped
- 1 ½ Cups Carrots Chopped
- 2 Cups Chopped Kale
- 8 Celery Stalks
- 1 Tsp Salt More to taste
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper More to Taste
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 Whole Chicken
Using your Instant Pot, hit the saute button and add the veggies, seasoning and avocado oil.
Turn off the saute feature, add the chicken, 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water.
Seal the lid and set for 25 minutes
Remove the chicken from the soup, add the meat back in.
Stir and serve!