Crock Pot Chicken & Barley and Creamy Potato Soup

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On the cold fall and winter days, there is truly nothing like a crock pot meal recipe. It is just so easy and satisfying in the morning to layer your crock pot recipe with nutritious ingredients and then smell the aromas mixing and dancing together throughout the day to create a masterpiece by dinner time. This nutritious crock pot recipe is high in protein, vitamin B, Vitamin A, dietary fiber and many other nutrients helpful to ward away colds and flus during the cold months of the year. The chicken in this recipe is added as whole breasts and then later on removed and shred and added back. This hearty healthy crock pot recipe will satisfy even the hungriest of family members and will last for left overs if you are just cooking for 1 or two. This is a freezable recipe also and you can have many meals for weeks to come if you are preparing it for one person.

You can never have too many crock pot recipes, and this chicken and barley creamy potato soup is a family-friendly meal idea that you can enjoy any day of the week. This easy dinner idea has plenty of healthy ingredients to include potato leek soup, garlic, chicken breasts, kale sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrots. The crock pot also has barley which is a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, folate and vitamin B6. You can prepare this healthy soup recipe before you go to work in the morning and have a family-friendly meal idea to enjoy when you get home. You will find this easy dinner idea and many others on the Grandmothers Kitchen site.

This healthy soup recipe uses one large sweet potato and one large Yukon Gold potato in the ingredients to help make this hearty soup. Potatoes are a vegetable that is on the EWG Dirty Dozen list, with sweet potatoes and carrots are also part of the list of pesticides in produce. So knowing that these vegetables are high on the list is a good reason to try and purchase organic. It is a good idea to purchase organic produce when you can, as conventional produce is known for using pesticides, whereas organic is not. And while some produce is more heavily sprayed than others, as you can see from the EWG Dirty Dozen list, there are others from the Clean 15 list that aren't as heavily sprayed. Knowing which fruits and vegetables are most heavily sprayed can help you make more informed decisions to the produce purchases that you choose. Knowing that the food choices you make are safer for both you and your family, and the environment too helps to contribute to your sense of health and well being.

When people consider buying organic fruits and vegetables, they aren't always thinking about how their choice affects the environment. Buying organic produce not only benefits the people consuming it, but you can feel good about eating organic because it helps the environment too. Pesticide and chemical use in conventional farming results in several negative environmental issues. Pesticide use in conventional farming allows for disease resistance to build up in the plants, the weeds, fungi, and bacteria. The pesticides and chemicals that are sprayed on plants contaminate the soil, the water supply, and the air. And what's even worse is that sometimes the harmful pesticides and chemicals stick around for decades and more. Organic farming methods help to build healthy soil.

To grow healthy food, you have to start with healthy soil. If you use pesticides and chemicals on the soil, then you may end up with soil that can't thrive on its own. That is why natural cultivation practices are so much better than chemical soil management. Organic farming practices help to build up the organic soil matter so much better than conventional farming. It only makes sense that organic farming is good for the environment. And while you may not notice the difference in some of the organic produce that you use in regards to taste, you can feel good knowing that the produce comes from healthy soil, and it helps maintain the soil for future generations. Organic farming can also help to conserve water. That is because organic farmers, tend to spend more time tending to the soil properly and using mulch, and these both help to conserve water. **

Nutrition Facts of Crock Pot Chicken, Barley and Creamy Potato Soup by Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Boxed cream potato leek soup (organic), garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, chicken breasts, barley, onion, kale, sweet potato, potato, carrots.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings Per Serving: Calories 234, Calories from Fat 24, Total Fat 2.7g 4%, Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%, Cholesterol 37mg 12%, Sodium 431mg 18%, Potassium 750mg 21%, Carbohydrates 34.7g 12%, Dietary Fiber 6.4g 26%, Sugars 3.8g, Protein 19.0g, Vitamin A 181% · Vitamin C 99%, Calcium 8% · Iron 18%

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