Pour very hot water over a layer of zoodles, chicken, marinara and spinach and enjoy an instant hot zoodle soup in two minutes for lunch.
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Have you seen those cool recipes that are like a homemade instant noodle soup? You see layers of ingredients in a heat proof glass jar which can be taken to work. At lunch time, you simply pour over hot water. Cover and let it sit for 2 minutes. Like magic you have an instant hot soup. With this in mind, I decided to make my own healthy instant zoodle soup.
First I had to decide on a flavor. I had seen a tomato pasta soup in Cooking LIght and took inspiration from that one. Their soup was vegetarian, but I need protein at lunch time. Otherwise, the snack monster comes out in full force. Consequently I decided to make a soup based on chicken parmesan. In fact I always have cooked chicken in the freezer. In this case my version of zoodle soup also happens to be gluten free and low carb.
When making this soup, be sure to use a heat proof container with a lid, particularly as you are adding very hot water. You don’t want to crack your jar. Oh what a mess that would be. I had a slight disaster myself with my jar, although it had nothing to do with hot water. My phone, which I was using to make a video, attacked the jar of zoodle soup. I had just finished the video, turned around and heard a crash. Ugh!
My phone had tipped my tripod over, falling and hitting the lip of the glass jar. Oh dear glass! A chunk of glass had broken off and splintered. There was glass in my soup, and there was glass all over the table. Thankful my phone was still in one piece. Got to keep things in perspective. I can easily replace the zoodle soup and jar. I cannot easily replace my phone.
Even with that little mishap, I have made this soup a few times now and fully enjoy it. Furthermore, I love the versatility and ease of this recipe. My mind is buzzing with all the different adaptations I can make of zoodle soup. I could go wild and use real noodles instead of zoodles. Now that is living on the edge. In fact thinking of having a hot cup of zoodle soup every winter afternoon makes me a little giddy. Afterall, instant zoodle soup is pretty fabulous in the summer. Those cold winter days are going to be blasted by an instant zoodle soup.
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Chicken Parmesan Soup in a Jar
- ½ cup marinara sauce
- ½ cup zucchini noodles
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- ½ cup chopped cooked chicken
- ½ cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
Spoon or pour marinara into the bottom of a 1 pint jar (wide opening is better)
Layer in zucchini noodles and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Layer in chicken, spinach, cheese and basil.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Add very hot water up to 1 inch from the top into the jar.
Cover and let stand for 2 minutes.
Stir and enjoy.
I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
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