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 Random.org and notified by

email. Giveaway provided by Ziploc.

*I have partnered with Ziploc® Brand and am being compensated for my posts. However, my opinions on the product are my own.

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126 Responses
  1. Claire

    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!

  2. Adrienne

    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.

  3. Jenny E.

    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!

  4. Cellabella

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

  5. Sarah

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

  6. Amber James

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

  7. mlb

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

  8. Gabe

    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.

  9. Allison R.

    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!

  10. Janell

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

  11. Emily

    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!

  12. Haley W

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

  13. Susan D.

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

  14. Susan D.

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

  15. Marcia

    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!

  16. Katie Rose

    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.

  17. April was in CT now CA

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

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