Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hearty Chicken Minestrone Soup

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I used to hate leg day. Despise may have been a better term for my feelings toward leg day. Now, not only do I do legs twice a week, I actually look forward to it and enjoy it! This started happening during Jamie Eason's trainer when I started doing legs twice a week to follow the plan exactly. After I started seeing results and changes in my legs, I decided eh, maybe this isn't so bad. I love that I can lift what seems really heavy for me both when squatting and leg pressing and I love that leg day kicks my butt every time! This year, I want to keep working on those glutes and I'm aiming for quad seperation so I'm going to keep up with my 2-a-weeks for legs. Here is what I did today:

Squats: 1 warm up set and 3 additional sets of 8-10
Walking lunges: 10 down 10 back, 3 sets 
Leg extension 4 sets of 10, last set is a drop set 
Lying leg curl superset with adductor machine: 3 sets of 10 each
Standing calf raises 3 sets of 12
Seated calf raises 3 sets of 12 

Do this then prepare yourself to eat a whole loaf of bread. I think I have a mental thing because every leg day I'm extra hungry for carbs, but I just keep telling myself it's all in my head :) (You do need to increase your calories/carbs a bit on leg day, but not as much as my stomach/head would like me to!) To make my stomach/head happy I try to fill up on as many veggies as possible so I made another variation of chicken and veggie soup. This recipe has more of a minestrone taste and it goes really well with clean cheddar biscuits!

2 crowns of broccoli, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 package french green beans cut in half
3 Roma tomatoes chopped
1 can low sodium garbanzo beans
1 qt low sodium chicken broth
1 can low sodium tomato sauce
2 bay leaves
1 tsp pepper, oregano, rosemary and basil
1 tsp minced garlic
3-4 chicken breasts

1. I chop all my veggies the night before, so in the morning I can just toss them all in the crock pot.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Cook for 5 1/2 hours on low.
4. Once cooked, shred chicken with a fork and serve!

What's your least favorite body part to workout, and do you think you'll ever eventually like it?


  1. I used to HATE training my upper body and loved training legs! Now I love it all! Once I started seeing changes I got really motivated and just love lifting in general! I fI HAD to pick one body part I could do without training, it would probably be chest. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I don't really "care" about developing it as much as other parts of my body! I still dedicate a day to chest + abs though :)

  2. This soup looks tasty, can't wait to try it. I have your mock sweet and sour chicken in the crockpot today. :) What are drop sets and supersets? I always get confused on those terms. I'm usually a cardio queen, but I'm starting the live fit trainer with the BF today. Yay!

  3. Luvena said....

    I also used to HATE leg days but the results make you LOVE leg days. I also have started to do them twice a week incorporating a plyometric move after every working leg set. with the second routine focused all on glutes. That was today...OUCH! Glad to see that I'm not the only one who feel extra SUPER HUNGRY on leg days. I mean I am HUNGRY and for carbs as well. I used to also think it was all in my head LOL!! YAY I'm not crazy haha. Have you gotten to the double leg lunges yet on the JE program? OMG!! OUCH and lots of sweat. Gotta love it though.

    Soup looks Yummy!

  4. This soup looks divine! I am always looking for way to bump up the protein in meals! I am totally bookmarking this recipe!

    I HATE doing arm workouts. I HATE it! I do not know if I will ever like it!

  5. PS- HOLY MOLY the sweet and sour chicken was AMAZING! Thanks for the awesome recipe

  6. Made the soup today and it was delish. I add a tablespoon of fresh parm on top before I re-heat in the microwave, total yum! Love your blog!


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