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Old 08-03-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Substitue for cream of chicken soup? Ideas? :)

I've fallen in love with my crockpot all over again. Inbetween making large batches of steel-cut oats for the week and preparing several lunches and dinners at a time, it's the best thing since sliced (whole grain!!) bread.

One of my new favorite recipes has been Southwestern Chicken - SUPER easy: several frozen chicken breasts, 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom or Chicken soup, taco seasoning (I make my own), black/white beans and some corn. I'm getting a little worried about the amount of sodium though. I use 98% FF soup by Campbell's Healthy Request, but the sodium is still pretty high. I would appreciate a recipe tweak or some substitution ideas to help make this as healthy as possible because I think my sodium levels have been hampering my weightloss as of late. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thanks guys.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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low sodium chicken broth and some skim milk?
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Using milk/cream/etc in the crock pot is tricky because the way the crock pot cooks can do some funky stuff to the milk itself. How about you add some chicken broth in to cook and then to thicken it at the end, add some fat free sour cream or plain greek yogurt? Then you can heat it to warming once it's all mixed together well. It could be a bit of a gamble but I don't see why it wouldn't work!
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I would suggest some ff low salt chicken broth mixed with ff refried beans, which will thicken the soup and add more protein. Also, I like to add 1/2 - 1 cup of salsa to the recipe instead of taco seasoning for flavor (less salt).
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add sour cream when it is cooked but still hot. I never use "cream of" anything. I add a tablespoon of sour cream after cooking when I do creamy sauces. works great, doesn't curdle.
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Here's a list of creamy swap ideas from Hungry Girl! She my go to swap gal!

http://www.hungry-girl.com/newsletters/raw/1396
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I use sour cream closer to the end of the cook time, just enough to heat it through.
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Thank you all so much for your tips - and I really appreciate the HG link, JamiSue! I have to spend tomorrow making lunches and dinners for next week so I'm going to try the broth + sour cream first. Don't think I have any FF refried beans laying around but I'll add it to my shopping list so I can see which recipe I prefer. Thanks again, ladies
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Thank you all so much for your tips - and I really appreciate the HG link, JamiSue!
You are VERY welcome! I don't like a ton of the HG stuff but her swap ideas are great in my book!
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