Keto is all of the rave right now. It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is doing the high fat- low carb diet that promises you a slimmer waist and no insulin spikes. Now regardless of what diet you’re doing or whether you’re doing a diet at all, we can all admit that sometimes we want to eat healthier. I’m definitely guilty of this!
As you know, my love for Rice & Beans knows no bound. In fact, we’re tied at the hip with no intention of ever separating. I mean, why would we? Yes, my obsession gets the best of at times, but I’ve definitely learned to pace myself. Portion control and moderation are now permanent staples of my vocabulary. Despite being chef, I struggle with my weight and fitness just like the average person. In fact, working with food every single day puts my struggle front and center. Some people may think that this must make it easier for me to get in shape and watch what I eat– but in fact, it makes it harder.
As you guess, I’m no fitness or health chef. I create traditional Hispanic dishes and I also fuse those very same dishes with other cultures. And 9 times out 10, those dishes pair incredibly well with… you guessed it… rice and beans. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t challenged myself to think outside of the box and experiment with new recipes. In fact, I’ve been doing this for a few months.
Now I don’t like to publicize my fitness goals or weight issues with the world. In most cases, I’m poking fun at my eternal fitness/weight journey. But the truth is, that I take it very VERY seriously. I keep it private because it’s a private matter and everyone has their own definition of what fit and healthy looks like for them. For someone who’s naturally athletic and has always been active except the last 2-3 years, healthy for me looks and feels a certain way. It means that I like meal plans that are high in protein to help me build muscle and recover. It also means eating dishes that low carb one day but fully carb loaded another day. It really varies on my workout. And yes, I’m a girl who prefers weight lifting and interval cardio as my workout of choice.
But enough about that and back to this Keto Chicken Soup. This Keto Chicken Soup is to die for and I’m not just saying that because I created it. I truly mean it. It’s a recipe that I free-styled one night and shocked me and my whole family once it was done. If you haven’t guessed… yes, I’m attempting this whole Keto thing. Admittedly, it took me a WHILE to get on board. It also took a ton of research to convince me to try it. I had to reprogram everything I knew about nutrition and challenge myself to be open minded to a high-fat diet. The first time that I tried it, I failed. I wasn’t convinced and I would justify my NY Deli Lunch Sandwiches as “It fits my macros!” (Lies! On Keto, this certainly did not fit my macros!)
Nonetheless, this go around, I gave it an honest effort. After 30 days, I was amazed at the results. I lost 10lbs with barely working out. I purposely chose to dial down my workouts since the super low-carb worried me. I needed to give my body time to adjust. And 30 days later, my body did just that and now I’m back to slaying at the gym!
This Keto Chicken Soup held me down my first 30 days. I’m a picky eater and I’m also not a fan of bacon and cheese of everything. As you can imagine, those early Keto days were ROUGH! I created this recipe to help me get through. But most importantly, I needed something that tastes like home. As any Hispanic who’s ever tried to get in shape. The hardest part is the diet because it doesn’t’t take like the foods that we’re used to. Therefore, imagine my shock when I developed a veggie packed soup that tastes like Chicken Sancocho! Oh. My. God!
My Keto Chicken Soup is super easy to make and you can make this in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker if you like. Although, I’d still recommend browning the chicken beforehand. You lock in so much flavor and color when you do this in the beginning. The soup is done in 45 minutes and holds up pretty well for leftovers. You don’t even have to be on a diet to enjoy this soup! Now depending on how strict your Keto plan is, feel free to omit the carrots. The carbs in the carrots can creep up on you. If you don’t have these problems… then go ahead and cook away!
Be sure to check out my step-by-step video on How to Make Keto Chicken Soup on YouTube!
And of course, feel free to pin this deliciousness to your boards!
And now for the recipe….
- 2 Large Chicken Breasts
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground orégano
- ½ tsp adobo
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 Lemon
- 1 ½ tsp Sopita
- 1 Onion Diced
- 2 Carrots Diced
- 2 Celery Diced
- 5 Garlic Cloves Diced
- 1-2 Zucchini Diced
- ½ tsp Orégano Leaves
- Olive Oil