1 tablespoon canola oil

3 Anaheim peppers, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 tablespoons lime juice

½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add peppers and onion and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Add chicken, broth, tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Serve each portion topped with some of the baked tortilla strips, Cheddar and cilantro.

1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 cup frozen corn

1/4 cup tomato paste

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2-1/2 cups uncooked spiral pasta

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, cook beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, corn, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in pasta. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 cups dry lentils

8 cups water or chicken broth

1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons vinegar

salt to taste

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.

Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts.

Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup sliced celery

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

3/4 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

2 cups half-and-half cream

2 cups chopped cooked corned beef

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Rye croutons, optional

In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add broth and baking soda. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Reduce heat. Add sauerkraut, cream and corned beef; simmer and stir for 15 minutes. Add cheese; heat until melted. Add salt and pepper. Garnish with croutons if desired.

Yield: about 6 servings.

1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)

2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)

2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)

1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes

2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves

1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional

In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans and the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.

Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts*

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup chopped green onions (including whites, mince the whites)

2 jalapeños, seeded and minced (leave seeds if you want soup spicy, omit if you don’t like heat)

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

3 Tbsp fresh lime juice

3 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced

Tortilla chips, Monterey jack cheese, sour cream for serving (optional)

In a large pot heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add green onions and jalapenos and saute until tender, about 2 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, cumin, season with salt and pepper to taste and add chicken breasts. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through 10 – 15 minutes (cook time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts).

Reduce burner to warm heat, remove chicken from pan and let rest on a cutting board 5 minutes, then shred chicken and return to soup. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Add avocados to soup just before serving (if you don’t plan on serving the soup right away, I would recommend adding the avocados to each bowl individually, about 1/2 an avocado per serving). Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream if desired.

*For thicker chicken breasts, cut breasts in half through the length (thickness) of the breasts, they will cook faster and more evenly.

1/4 cup water (or vegetable broth)

1/2 of a red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 celery stalks, diced

3 medium carrots, diced

1 small head of broccoli, florets

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon turmeric (I used powdered)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)

fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste

6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water)

2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces

1 cup purple cabbage, chopped

juice from 1/2 of a small lemon (or a whole lemon, depending how much lemon flavor you prefer)

In a large pot, add the water and turn on the heat to medium-high. After it’s hot, add the onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in extra water or broth as needed (another 1/4 cup). Stir in the turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste.

Add in the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add in the kale, cabbage and lemon juice near the last 2-3 minutes of simmering.

Enjoy!

Notes

This cleansing recipe is oil-free because avoiding the use of oil during a cleansing meal is important for the detoxification process (and you won’t miss the oil at all due to all the flavor!) but if you feel like cooking with oil, use a minimal amount – 1 tablespoon or less.

Leftovers stay well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2 medium onions, chopped

1 tablespoon canola oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth

4 cups cubed cooked chicken

3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Sour cream and sliced jalapeno peppers, optional

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute onions in oil until tender. Stir in garlic, chilies, cumin, oregano, cayenne and cloves; cook and stir 2-3 minutes more. Add broth, chicken and beans; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with sour cream and jalapeno peppers if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings (2-1/4 quarts).

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 c diced onion

1 c diced red bell pepper

1 c diced celery

½ c diced carrot

8-12 oz spicy Italian turkey sausage

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch kale, chopped (about 8-10 cups)

4 c chicken broth

1 can diced tomato

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

½ tsp each, salt and pepper

In a large pot, heat olive oil.  Add carrot, celery, onion and pepper.  Sauté until onion is translucent.

Add sausage, cook until no longer pink.  Add kale and garlic and reduce heat to a simmer.

Cover and cook 10 minutes.  Add broth, beans and tomato, salt and pepper.

Cook 20 addition minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

5 Smart Points  220 calories
Total Time: 6+ hours

1 small onion, chopped

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained

1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

10 oz package frozen corn kernels

2 (10 oz) cans diced tomatoes w/chilies

4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, chopped

1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning or homemade (see below)

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

24 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

To make your own taco seasoning, omit the packet, cumin and chili powder above and use below instead:

1 1/2 tablespoons cumin

1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

 

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well.

Nestle the chicken in to completely cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours.

Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred.

Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in.

Top with fresh cilantro and your favorite toppings!