Warm Connections {Day 7}: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family

In my home, pantry cupboards are lined with Bush’s Beans, primarily kidney, black, pinto and white cannellini beans.

I keep one row of chick peas (delicious humus), and today I’m sharing a savory recipe that I recently recreated for my “starving” family.

Most canning has been done, preserves put up, root vegetables gone into the cool storage area (potatoes and sweet potatoes), and recent tomatoes pulled from the ground.

We had a bumper crop of Roma tomatoes this season and after harvesting them, my sons did the work for me. They blanched the tomatoes and we prepared for freezing and cooking. (One of the many bowls of blanched tomatoes.)

There’s nothing like fresh tomatoes in a big pot of soup.

October is the month to plan ahead, to cook more, to prepare hot meals for my family, to show love to my family in nourishment around the table.

But let me back up here …

It’s 6:15 PM.

The cars pull up in the driveway. A hungry family steps into the entry-way dropping soccer bags, wet and soggy from the rain, stripping off the soccer gear, and proclaiming, “I’m starving!”

Yes, proclaiming.

Throughout their childhoods, my 3 children have played sports. Most of you know I have 3 teenagers, one in college, two high-schoolers, and my husband is a varsity high school soccer coach. I came from a generation of girls not encouraged to be athletes, so having 4 soccer players in the family has been an adjustment for me, to say the least. It’s been a fun journey, though, and I’ve really learned to love the sport.

And when hungry soccer players come through the door, I had better be prepared.

This night I knew my pantry was lined with Bush’s Beans, and I knew I had a rotisserie chicken. Adding these ingredients together with other fresh vegetables created a hearty soup to serve for dinner, along with whole wheat bread.

As they walk through the door proclaiming they are hungry, I set a meal of comfort and sustenance on the table before them.

Being prepared with a hot meal on the table is an essential gift that I can give to my family.

Warmer connections come when we set the tone with good nourishment and positive talk.

Do you think good nourishment for your family is essential, and if you have a sports family, how do you get everyone around the table for dinner?


Recipe: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup {ReluctantEntertainer.com}


  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken, pulled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. each ground cumin and chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced, canned tomatoes (or 3-4 cups of fresh, blanched and chopped)
  • 1 large can green chilies, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cans Bush’s garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  • 2 cups zucchini, chopped
  • 1 can sweet corn (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan, add onion and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Salt and pepper.
  2. Stir in garlic, cumin and chili powder; cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in tomatoes, chicken broth, orange zest, green chilies, and quinoa. Bring to boil; reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes with a lid on.
  4. Add chopped chicken and garbanzo beans and heat through.
  5. Serve with fresh grated cheese or sour cream.

Preparation time: 10 min

Cooking time: 20 min

Number of servings (yield): 6


If you missed the previous days to 31 Day to Warm Connections …
Day 1 (and 700 31 Day Bloggers): Secret Ingredient to Warmer Connections
Day 2: Bringing the Beauty of Autumn to Your Table
Day 3: Multi-Generational Pear Applesauce
Day 4: Canning Suncrest Peaches with a Friend
Day 5: How to Find Contentment
Day 6: Encouragement with Easy Pear Cobbler

25 comments on “Warm Connections {Day 7}: Bush’s Garbanzos, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup for a Sports Family”

  1. This soup was AMAZING!! I have a house full of teenage boys and they are scarfing it down with a couple of loaves of whole wheat french bread! Of course I doubled the recipe! Might be good with black beans instead of the garbanzos, but I have an “I don’t like Beeeaaanns” kid, so we call them chick peas!

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  5. I am always looking for more healthy soup recipes! I can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I am so making this soup this next week! YUM!! I love having a hot meal ready to eat when everyone comes home from practice. I love thinking ahead and realizing that they’re going to be cold and wet and I bet would love some hot soup!

  10. omg this looks so good!! Can’t way to try it! Miss you my friend! Your trip looks amazing

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  13. That looks delicious! What a great way to provide your family a nourishing meal on a busy night.
    I enjoy reading your posts each day.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  14. Wow – delicious dinner! The tomatoes look beautiful and I really like the flavor combo…

  15. Being a sticker on good dinners, sports nights were not the exception. I would pack up hot soups, and other dinners into restaurant to go packages. We would share our dinner with others and the kiddies had a warm dinner to eat on the way home. It was a way to extend hospitality when we weren’t home.

  16. We have two girls, both were/are athletes (one is finishing up college and living on her own). We always felt good nutritious meals, especially after a practice are important. It can however be quite challenging. We found that by stocking our pantry and having a meal plan for each week, we’ve avoided the “we’re starving, what’s for dinner” and mom panics problem! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Always looking for a good hearty healthy meal!!

  17. This looks yummy! Silly question, I’m sure, but is the quinoa cooked or raw when added?


  18. This soup sounds amazing! I love all those tomatoes!

  19. This soup sounds delicious, love all these ingredients! It’s crazy how many cans of garbanzo beans I go though – I put them in everything!

  20. Yes, it is VITAL! What a blessing and comfort to your family to have you at home, waiting for them with a beautiful and delicious meal! That’s what makes Mom, “Mom” and home, “home.” Moms have the privilege of providing love in so many ways–healthy meals made from wholesome ingredients is one of the best!

  21. Sandy,

    I think I’m going to make this tonight! It looks great and I have most of the ingredients! Sorry it has been so long since I left you a comment. I have been reading – just a little absent.

  22. Love the convenience of a rotisserie chicken, don’t you? There’s nothing more satisfying than putting a hot bowl of hearty soup in front a crowd of hungry teenagers. Suddenly the chaos turns into a warm, friendly family environment. Another great recipe – I’m so glad I “found” you.

  23. Growing up my parents really emphasized a good meal at the table. Even if – with my ballet classes and my brother’s soccer practices/games – it meant that we had to eat at 4:30 or 5:00 before we all parted ways. I have fond memories of cooking and eating together, and I hope I can instill those into my own kids someday.

  24. Hi Sandy,

    Oh yes, I totally agree. A nourishing meal is so important…and it’s especially important to have the family gather around the table to share that meal together…even if it means eating dinner a little later than usual to accommodate for sports schedules. My 13 year old is in Tae Kwon Do classes that don’t finish up till around 7pm which means dinner is closer to 7:30…we used to eat around 5:30. So I like to have the table set and the food ready to be served the minute my husband and son walk in the door. Soups and stews are great meals for this type of schedule. And your soup looks delicious!



  25. Yes- good food is so important! I’ve been “hiding” more foods in sauces lately to give us extra vitamins in our diet. We have that same blue plate that we use on birthdays and other occassions! And, I’m so jealous you have sweet potatoes!!!!!!! My mom makes a sweet potato pound cake.

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