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Hearty Chicken Barley Soup with Vegetables and Giveaway!!


I have been having so much fun participating in The Great American FreshOver Project with Ziploc. American families everywhere are eating more fresh meals during the day. Rachael Ray is sharing tips and recipes that you can find on the Ziploc Facebook page.

Today, I’ll be sharing a couple of great FreshOver treats including an original FreshOver recipe, a sweepstakes and a giveaway to help you on your FreshOver journey.

One of my family’s favorite dinners is chicken soup. I chose to “FreshOver” this dinner to make it healthier and heartier. Instead of noodles, I added barley and I added lots of fresh vegetables.


Hearty Chicken Barley Soup with Vegetables

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 medium carrots, halved and sliced

4 stalks of celery, diced

3 cups diced fresh green beans, haricot verts

3 cups shredded cooked rotisserie chicken

3 cups cooked barley

32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon whole grain brown mustard

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


1. Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. 2. When hot, add onion, carrots, celery, and green beans. 3. Cook and stir occasionally for 15 minutes. 4. Add garlic, stirring for 1 minute. 5. Stir in chicken, barley, broth, mustard, salt, pepper and thyme. 6. Reduce heat to low and simmer on low until ready to serve. Season with additional seasonings if desired.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Best of all, this soup is easy to pack in a Ziploc Brand Twist n’ Loc Container for any easy, healthy lunch.

I hope you enjoy!

Also, check out the Great American FreshOver Sweepstakes with Ziploc:

Ziploc Brand is hosting The Great American FreshOver Sweepstakes from March 5, 2012 through May 5, 2012. Fans can enter on the Ziploc Brand Facebook page by “liking” the page and offering a FreshOver food idea, in the form of a recipe or tip in text. During the sweepstakes, fans will be rewarded with access to exclusive Rachael Ray videos and tips, weekly prize drawings, coupons and one lucky grand prize winner will win a trip for two to experience the ultimate culinary experience in America’s food capital – New York City. Grand prize winners will stay in New York City for three nights and four days, can eat at the most sought after “fresh” restaurants and swap recipes with Rachael Ray. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to participate.

Make sure you enter to win a FreshOver Prize Pack Giveaway full of fun prizes worth more than $120.

The prize pack includes a signed copy of Rachael Ray’s Look+Cook cookbook, cooking utensils, a cooking wok and Ziploc Brand Bags and Containers.

Here’s How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment here and tell us, “What is your favorite healthy snack to munch on during the day?”

2. Sweeps ends Monday March 5th, 8pm, PST. Winners will be chosen via and notified by

email. Giveaway provided by Ziploc.

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  1. 1

    I love almonds and dark chocolate chips 🙂

  2. 2
    Alice says:

    Veggies with hummus

  3. 3
    Erica says:

    Lately I’ve been snacking on almonds and veggies with hummus.

  4. 4
    Francesca says:

    Celery with peanut butter is good. Yogurt with berries, too.

  5. 5
    Rebecca says:

    I’m a big fan of fruit! I always have a clementine and a banana waiting in case I get hungry.

  6. 6
    sara says:

    My fav healthy snack to munch on in the day is jicama and carrot sticks dipped in baba ghanosh.

  7. 7
    Lyannah says:

    I love munching on dry, rolled oats. They have an unbeatable nutty flavor that I LOVE!

  8. 8

    Fruit with peanut butter!

  9. 9
    Lynna H. says:

    My favorite healthy snack to munch on lately would be yogurt with granola in them! 🙂

  10. 10
    Alyssa H says:

    My favorite snack to eat during the day is hummus!

  11. 11
    Hannah says:

    My favorite healthy snack are sweet potato pop chips or snow peas!

  12. 12
    april v says:

    Crackers w/ hummus!!

  13. 13
    dani says:

    My fav at the moment is sliced up apple with sunflower seed butter! Yum

  14. 14
    Claire says:

    At this time of year, a fresh orange. Peeling the orange carefully takes time, and I savor every wedge. A little healthy built-in break to the day!

  15. 15
    Laura P says:

    Lately its been cuties! the tangerines…

  16. 16
    Renee says:

    I always pack some fresh fruit in my lunchbox and I also love Luna bars!

  17. 17
    Kim says:

    I love fresh fruit (especially fruit salads)! Or Greek Yogurt Fruit Parfait with Crunchy Granola.

  18. 18

    Healthy snack = sugar snap peas or grapes. Love crunchy things!

  19. 19
    Kim L says:

    I love hummus. Usually with pita bread or veggies.

  20. 20
    Adrienne says:

    I have recently been into taking a whole wheat tortilla and spreading peanut butter and sliced bananas on half of it and then folding it over like a quesadilla.

  21. 21
    Sara says:

    I love eating hummus and veggies!

  22. 22
    amy marantino says:


  23. 23

    Rice crackers with houmous!

  24. 24
    SalBug says:

    Nuts. I’m nuts about nuts.

  25. 25
    Krystal says:

    Low fat string cheese and grapes! Yum! Sometimes I freeze my grapes too 🙂

  26. 26
    Jenny E. says:

    I love to snack on fresh fruit. An apple with a little peanut butter, or a fresh orange. Something easy to bring with me to work during the week!

  27. 27
    Cellabella says:

    I like to munch on apple slices dipped in peanut butter, or a bowl of frozen grapes mixed with almonds!

  28. 28
  29. 29
    Mitra says:

    My favorite healthy snack is Greek yogurt with some bananas and granola!

  30. 30
    Meme says:

    My favorite healthy snack is a serving of walnuts, pecans, or pistachios

  31. 31
    Margaret says:

    I love munching on salt and vinegar almonds!

  32. 32
    Sarah says:

    I like Archer Farms Sunny Cranberry Mix. It has almonds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, golden raisins and more. Yum!

  33. 33
    Kara D says:

    I love apples and almonds!

  34. 34
    Amber James says:

    I love munching on chips but thats not healthy. 🙂 So I usually head for the string cheese and clementines.

  35. 35
    Crystal says:

    My favorite healthy snack would definitely be apple slices!

  36. 36
    abbi says:

    Either fruit or granola (but I try not to go crazy with the granola!!).

  37. 37
    Jason says:

    Clementines are pretty awesome until they are super sour.

  38. 38
  39. 39
    Ashley H. says:

    I like snacking on fresh fruit.

  40. 40
    mlb says:

    Some favorites – hummus with rice crackers or carrot sticks, fresh fruit, Zone Perfect Cashew Pretzel Bars.

  41. 41
    Mary Elizabeth says:

    My favorite food to munch on is grapes. I eat them almost every day!

  42. 42
    Gabe says:

    I love to munch in fruit. I used to not eat much until I met my fiancé who eats it everyday and now I love all fruit.

  43. 43
    Emily says:

    I love to snack on a mix of dried cranberries, pistachios, and almonds!

  44. 44
    Mary O says:

    Hummus and veggies

  45. 45
    Melissa says:

    I love apple slices dipped in peanut butter!

  46. 46
    jill kasparbauer says:

    I love fruit during the day, especially apples and oranges!!

  47. 47
    Shelby says:

    Oranges for me, please!

  48. 48
    Brian Teater says:

    Garden Salmon Loaf!

  49. 49
    Jessica says:

    Fresh pineapple!

  50. 50
    Christina says:


  51. 51

    Are chips and salsa considered healthy? How about pita and hummus? Other than that, I’m a total berry girl.

  52. 52
    Allison R. says:

    My favorite snack at my desk is a Japanese Sweet Potato. I just pop it in the microwave and slice it and snack all day! I get a lot of weird looks for keeping potatoes at my desk, but it’s worth it.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  53. 53
    Dina says:


  54. 54
    Holly says:

    Everybody’s Nuts Pistachios Salt and Pepper flavor…delicious and I don’t even like nuts!

  55. 55
    Brittany C. says:

    I like oranges, baby carrots, hummus, string cheese, or greek yogurt

  56. 56
    Haley says:

    Baby carrots with a little squirt of lime and chile powder..

  57. 57
    Katherine C says:

    navel oranges or apples with almond butter

  58. 58
    Erin says:

    My favorite healthy snack is yogurt.

  59. 59
    Kristen says:

    My favorite healthy snack is just veggies and dip. I love all veggies if there is dip involved!

  60. 60
    Janell says:

    I have greek yogurt for my snack just about every day! I like apple slices and almonds, too. Not original but I like ’em!

  61. 61
    Emily says:

    My favorite snack to munch on is for sure grapes! A bag is usually gone in a day if I leave them out. So addicting an easy to grab!

  62. 62
    Cassie says:

    Almonds are my go-to healthy snack!

  63. 63
    joan says:

    nuts – peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts

  64. 64

    I love sliced gala apples with almond butter. Mmm! 😀 I wouldn’t mind this soup either! It looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. 65
  66. 66

    Any kind of fruit. Or nut butter.

  67. 67

    I’m thinking fruit – like clementines!

  68. 68
    Jackie says:

    I enjoy a cold, fresh apple!

  69. 69
    Caroline says:

    Fruit or raw veggies

  70. 70
    Kay says:

    I love snacking on cocoa-dusted almonds!

  71. 71
    jessie says:

    I munch on fruit throughout the day – lately my fruit of choice has been blueberries.

  72. 72
    Haley W says:

    Sugar snap peas in thousand island dressing or peanut butter and banana mashed together on a graham cracker… Yummy!

  73. 73
    Katie says:

    Roasted almonds! The perfect blend of protein and fat to keep me satisfied!

  74. 74
    Nicole says:

    I love munching on fruit— particularly oranges!

  75. 75
    Lisa says:

    Fruit! I <3 fruit!

  76. 76
    Susan D. says:

    One of my favorite healthy snacks is hummus and carrot “chips” (wavy thin sliced raw carrots).

  77. 77
    bcaf says:

    Almonds! I love that the crunch gives you the same satisfaction of munching on chips, without needing to eat chips!

  78. 78
    Susan D. says:

    One of my favorite healthy snacks is hummus and carrot “chips” (crinkle slices of raw carrot).

  79. 79
    Pam Shank says:

    Fresh fruit is the healthy snack we like to munch on.

  80. 80
    Tracy says:

    I snack on almonds! Yum!

  81. 81
    Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite healthy snack to munch on during the day is definitely dried fruit and nuts!

  82. 82
    Lynda says:

    fruits. sometimes with mini pretzels.

  83. 83

    Fruit slices dipped in nut butter, hummus and yogurt parfait!

  84. 84
  85. 85
    Lisa says:

    Almonds all the way!

  86. 86
    Catie says:

    Lately it’s been carrots or string cheese!

  87. 87

    i have been really into eating cucumber slices lately with a dash of salt!

  88. 88
    Jennifer C. says:

    Vanilla yogurt and fresh berries!

  89. 89
    Kel says:

    air popped popcorn…

  90. 90
    Megan J says:

    Dark chocolate!

  91. 91
    Kari says:

    My favorite healthy snacks are apples or Greek yogurt.

  92. 92
    jordan says:

    carrots, grapes, and popcorn 🙂

  93. 93
    tiffany says:

    My favorite healthy snack is apples with a dab of peanut butter.

  94. 94
    Anna L says:

    Favorite healhty snack – Almonds!

  95. 95
    Marcia says:

    Apples are my go to healthy snack because they fill me up more than carrot sticks etc. Sometimes dipped in peanut butter! I’d rather be eating chips & dip, but that does not happen for me on a daily basis!

  96. 96
    Cherie Mistretta says:

    My favorite snack is almonds or pistachios!!

  97. 97
    Katie Rose says:

    My trail mix- nuts, craisins, and dark chocolate chips. It has it all, sweet, salty, portable, protein, and (of course) the indulgence of a bit of chocolate.

  98. 98
    Kristen M. says:

    I love snacking on fresh fruit.

  99. 99
    April was in CT now CA says:

    Trader Joe’s granola bar! All of their flavors are great and it’s so easy to grab and take with me.

  100. 100
    Kristin says:

    I really love carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes but I just never seem to eat them very often…? I need to eat more!

  101. 101
    brooke says:

    I LOVE almonds…. grab a handful and off I go ;)!

  102. 102
    Carrie says:

    carrots and dip

  103. 103

    Fresh veggies!!!!

  104. 104
    Vaishali says:


  105. 105
    Maria Cantu says:

    I like oranges and grapes.

  106. 106
    robin says:

    carrot sticks, or saltine crackers with peanut butter

  107. 107
    Andrea V says:

    yogurt and a banana.

  108. 108
    Kristi says:

    seedless cucumber slices sprinkled with Spike & raw almonds

  109. 109
    TK says:

    I love munching on apple slices with peanut butter on top!

  110. 110
    Schmidty says:

    My healthy snack is nuts or dried apricots.

  111. 111
    Heather says:

    Wasabi almonds. I know it’s so weird, but they are so good!

  112. 112
    Jenny says:

    Kiku apples are my favorite snack!

  113. 113
    Kim Prince says:


  114. 114
    Melissa says:

    My favorite snack is frozen grapes! Or as my dad calls it… nature’s candy.

  115. 115
    Christina says:

    Carrots with Ranch dip (made with plain Green yogurt) or any type of raw nut!

  116. 116
    Cortney B. says:

    Any type of fruit!

  117. 117
    Denise says:

    I munch on raw almonds and dried fruit (the no added sugar kind)

  118. 118
    Desirae T. says:

    I like to mix a flavored yogurt with sliced bananas and crunchy healthy cereal.

  119. 119
    Kim B. says:

    My favorite snack to munch on during the day is trail mix 🙂

  120. 120
    Barb S says:

    Mozzarella cheese! It’s a great energy booster.

  121. 121
    Stacey says:

    I like munching on peanuts or cashews

  122. 122
    Kimiko says:

    Carrot sticks and hummus! We always have hummus in our fridge!

  123. 123
    Jessica F says:

    I love fruit snacks and carrots!

  124. 124
    Denae says:

    I love to snack on peanut butter and carrots.

  125. 125
    Amy L says:

    I like to munch on nuts, apples, yogurt with honey, or a granola bar if I get hungry during the day.

  126. 126

    favorite healthy snack is definitely fruit!

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