Chicken and Dumpling Soup

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For the Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped, including some leaves
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped

For the Dumplings:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg, large

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven or soup kettle over medium-high heat.
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  3. Sauté carrot, onion and celery for 5 minutes; stir in broth, chicken, peppercorns, thyme and bay leaves.
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  5. Reduce heat to low; simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes.
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  7. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix dumpling ingredients until well blended.
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  9. Drop small spoonfuls of dumpling dough into simmering soup.
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  11. Cover soup and allow dumplings to cook for about 20 minutes (they will rise to the top of the soup as they cook).
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  13. Stir in spinach. 
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  15. Remove bay leaves before serving soup.

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