Greek Orzo Chicken Soup + Cooking Mindfully to Reduce Food Waste {Podcast #283}

This Greek Orzo Chicken Soup is easy to make, delicious to eat, and nutritious, and if you prepare it mindfully, it can help your family reduce food waste too.

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The topic of Food Waste has been on our minds for quite some time now, because the numbers are just so darn staggering:

> 40% of the food in the United States goes uneaten on any given day, which translates to more than 20 pounds of food waste per person every month.

> From farm to table, a 15% food waste reduction could feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans is food insecure.

The GOOD NEWS: The U.S. is aiming for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030

Tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast for tasty tips on how you and your family can reduce food waste, cook mindfully, and bring about change in your communities.


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When we created this recipe for Greek Orzo Chicken Soup, we did it in a mindful way, paying close attention to reducing food waste every step of the way. This ‘technique’ of cooking mindfully really works because it forces you (in a good way) to think about every ingredient and every scrap of food that’s left over throughout the cooking process.

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Indulge us as we walk you through our mindful food-waste-reduction exercise:

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(1) Purchase a rotisserie chicken and remove the meat. Set one cup aside for the soup and then place the remaining 3 cups of chicken in a zip-top freezer bag. Label, date, and freeze.

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(2) Place the chicken bones in a zip-top freezer bag and freeze for later use in a homemade chicken broth.

(3) Open a can of chickpeas. Drain and rinse. Set 3/4 cup aside for the soup and either eat the remaining chickpeas in a salad some time over the next few days or place leftovers in a zip-top freezer bag and freezer for later use.

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(4) Wash and peel the carrots and chop the dill. Save the scraps in a zip-top freezer bag, freeze, and add to it over the coming weeks. Use food scraps + chicken bones to make a homemade broth.

(5) Freeze the leftover dill in a zip-top bag for later use or keep the dill fresh by trimming the stems, placing in a small cup of water, covering the cup with a plastic bag, and placing in the fridge. Change the water every day or two.

(6) Make just enough soup to serve four people. Double the recipe ONLY if your family can eat the soup in one sitting, loves leftovers, or if you want to share with friends or freeze the leftovers for another dinner.

Greek Orzo Chicken Soup
Kids love soup and so do adults, and we find that even picky eaters are willing to slurp soup if it contains some cute components. That's where the little shreds of carrot and the chickpeas come in! They're hard to resist.
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups low-sodium, all-natural chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup whole wheat orzo
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup roughly chopped or shredded cooked chicken (5 to 6 ounces)
  • ¾ cup chickpeas, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • Crumbled feta cheese, optional
  1. Place the broth in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and carrot, raise the heat, and return to a boil.
  2. Cook the pasta at a low boil until done, about 8 minutes. Stir in the chicken, chickpeas, and dill and heat through. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve in individual bowls and top with extra chickpeas, dill, and feta cheese as desired.
This recipe provides 25% of the daily requirement for immune-boosting vitamin A.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: (1¼ cups), Calories: 160, Fat: 2g, Saturated fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 18g, Sodium: 260mg, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 17g

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Be sure to tune in to Cooking with the Moms (episode #283) for lots of tips for how you and your family can save money by reducing food waste in your homes and communities. And by all means, weigh in with the tips and tricks that have worked for you.

11 responses to “Greek Orzo Chicken Soup + Cooking Mindfully to Reduce Food Waste {Podcast #283}”

  1. This looks seriously delicious! And so easy to make!

  2. Love the recipe but even more love the strategy behind it – I’m definitely being more mindful about food waste this year – behind our compost bin. Thanks for the awesome tips!

  3. I’ve been trying to be more mindful of food waste. I have large ziplock of veggie scraps in my freezer right now 🙂

  4. To reduce food waste and also make it quicker and easier to find things I label the front of our plastic containers as they go in the fridge. Open the door and you can see at a glance what is there, and when it went in, so you know what to eat first.

  5. Great topic! I always save the chicken bones for homemade stock but I’m not good at saving the vegetable scraps. I need to work on that! And this soup looks heavenly!

  6. LOVE this post and your tips for cooking mindfully! We were actually talking about what a big issue food waste is with our kids at our family dinner last night. I am a “work in progress”, but after reading your post I know the first thing on my list I need to do is to stock up on freezer bags! Your soup looks delicious too 🙂

    • Liz says:

      Hey, let’s make reducing food waste our new food “crush!” When you cook with food waste reduction in mind, it quickly becomes a fun challenge.

  7. Love all the focus on food waste this year! The way you guys broke down the recipe to explain how to avoid wasting any part is just fabulous. Great job!

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