I like comfort food, and I like making comfort food. There’s something about the aroma wafting through the house on a cold rainy day that seems to brighten my mood and say “everything’s going be okay.” It’s naturally forgiving nature also means there’s no need to fret if you don’t have every single ingredient on hand, and you can get creative with what you do have.

Julie Anne Rhodes by Elsa Bronstein for LA Weekly, 1984

Julie Anne Rhodes by Elsa Bronstein for LA Weekly, 1984

For instance, try varying vegetables and or spices and herbs with the Cottage pie. You can also swap out the kind of protein you use. I swapped ground lamb for the beef in the version below (making it a shepherd’d pie). Or, go vegetarian by using using a meat substitute, tofu, or beans!

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Most of us associate fattening, heart clogging indulgences when we think of comfort food, but rich in flavor doesn’t have to mean unhealthy! All of these recipes are actually quite healthy. An added plus is that most of the cuts of meat used tend to be more budget friendly too.

Italian Pot Roast

Italian Pot Roast

My Le Freak’n Great Chicken Soup below can even be made diabetic friendly by swapping out corn for the noodles, and I’m sharing my secret Weight-Loss Weapon Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe with you, so you can sample how easy and yummy these recipes can be. Spring is quickly approaching, so I thought you might want to kick start losing any excess winter pounds without going hungry.

Le Freak'n Great Chicken Soup

Le Freak’n Great Chicken Soup

I also like cooking stews, casseroles and soups, because they usually have a long cook time that doesn’t require my undivided attention. That means I’m free to get on with other entrees on my cook date, once I get them simmering away.  Remember, the Personal Chef Approach is all about saving YOU time. When you learn to cook multiple meals at once, you can have 2-3 meals done in the same time it would normally take you to cook just one meal!

All it requires is a little forethought and practice, and you can rock out dinner for the week ahead, in just a few hours on the weekend. Watch the video above to see how it works, then join and start enjoying all those hours of free time the PCA creates for you every week!

Weight-Loss Weapon Chicken Vegetable Soup

Weight-Loss Weapon Chicken Vegetable Soup

This is my top secret weight loss weapon – the chicken vegetable soup I lived on for years as a model. It’s low fat, chocked full of yummy vegetables and chicken, and certainly satiating. My own private diet rescue remedy.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1.5 hours


Weight-Loss Weapon Chicken & Veg Soup

  • 1 whole chicken without skin
  • 2 Knorr's chicken cubes
  • 3 tablespoons mixed garlic Italian herbs
  • 2 teaspoons Lawries salt to taste
  • Water enough to cover chicken
  • 3 stalks celery halved
  • 3 large carrots peeled and halved
  • 1 medium cauliflower cut into bite-sized
  • 1 medium broccoli cut into bite-sized
  • 2 medium zucchini cut into bite-sized
  • 1/2 pound green beans cut into bite-sized
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 15.25 ounces canned corn with juice


Weight-Loss Weapon Chicken & Veg Soup

  1. Bring ingredients chicken through carrots to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken and set aside to cool.
  2. Add cauliflower through mushrooms to boiling broth, and simmer/boil, partially covered, for 15-30 minutes (depending on how cooked you like your vegetables).
  3. While vegetables are cooking, remove skin from chicken, debone, and cut chicken meat into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Remove soup from heat. Add corn and chicken back in, and stir well.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this hearty meal in a bowl, piping hot, on its own, or with fresh bread.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave 3-5 minutes, stirring midway to distribute heat evenly; or heat in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until brought to a slow boil for at least five minutes.

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  • March 18, 2014
    6:07 pm

    I haven’t made this soup yet, don’t know why since I love any type of soup, but especially chicken soup. Think this will have to go on my grocery list for my next shopping day next week. Thank you for reminding me about this recipe. I could stand to lose a few pounds right now!

  • March 19, 2014
    12:11 am

    It’s such a healthy, yummy one!