College Boy (formerly Teenage Boy) -he does turn 18 this April and is almost finished with his freshman year so I think a name change is in order-anyway he spent most of the week enjoying Colorado so it was just Groovy Girl, Big Daddy, and me, all freezing together. I whipped up two fantastic soup recipes to combat the cold.
adapted from Super Suppers Cookbook 2
2 whole chicken (organic or farm-raised) breasts or a small whole chicken
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 T cooking oil
1 4-oz can chopped green chilies, undrained
1 14 1/2-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped carrot
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp black pepper (to taste)
1. Place chicken in a Dutch oven; add enough water to cover chicken. Simmer, covered, 30 to 45 minutes or until meat is falling off the bone. Remove chicken from the pan. When cool, shred the chicken meat, set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid. I had two leftover breasts from another recipe that I'd tossed in the freezer so I just used those and skipped this step altogether.
2. In a large saucepan cook and stir onion, bell pepper, and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken, undrained chills, undrained tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots, simmer covered, 20 minutes. Stir in enough reserved cooking liquid to reach desired consistency. Add salt and black pepper.
My other alteration was to skip the green chilies because I had a half a can of green enchilada sauce from a Mexican dish I made last week so I added that instead. It was perfect. Groovy Girl will eat the mild enchilada sauce so I thought this was a safe yet flavorful trade-off.
Suggested sides: Tortillas, shredded lettuce, cheese, chips, or salsa.
We had a salad and some fresh bread from my mom. All three of us loved this soup and the leftovers made an easy lunch the next day.
|(Potato soup )|
I could eat soup several times a week and I'll definitely make both of these again.
My mom and step-dad made him a Guinness chocolate cake on St. Patrick's Day so I made him chocolate chip cookies for an afternoon treat today. I tried a new recipe and I loved how soft and chewy they were. I found it on Pinterest and was happy to see it originally came from KA Flour.
Spring Break comes to an end this weekend (Groovy Girl is already sobbing about this) but I'm cool with it. There are still so many activities to do with my students and hopefully Spring is around the corner...although the word on the street is that snow is predicted for tonight and tomorrow. Seriously.
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