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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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    Sara says:

    I love eating hummus and veggies!

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    amy marantino says:


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    Rice crackers with houmous!

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    Nuts. I’m nuts about nuts.

  25. 25
    Krystal says:

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

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    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!

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    Cellabella says:

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

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    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!!).

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    Jason says:

    Clementines are pretty awesome until they are super sour.

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    Ashley H. says:

    I like snacking on fresh fruit.

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    mlb says:

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

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    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

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    I love apple slices dipped in peanut butter!

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

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    Oranges for me, please!

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    Garden Salmon Loaf!

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    Fresh pineapple!

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