Chicken Soup for the Stomach
Happy Sunday everyone! It is November 7 th , and it is cold and rainy outside; the kind of day when a hot steamy bowl of soup would really hit the spot. Actually for lunch I had canned tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. It was very mediocre.
With the celebration of Advent right around the corner, and the traditional soup suppers at church, my mouth began watering for a great bowl of soup. Not something out of a can, but something homemade, filling and delicious.
My favorite, like the rest of the world, is the all time popular Chicken Noodle soup. With my recent discovery that my body doesn't tolerate carbohydrates well, I will have to settle for my second favorite: Chicken Vegetable. It is quick, easy, and cheap. What's better than all that?
Take a whole chicken, rinse and remove the giblet package (discard this, EWWW!). Toss it in a crock pot, fill halfway with water, salt and pepper lightly, and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the chicken reserving the liquid in the crock pot. Take the meat off the bones and return to the crock pot. Chop your favorite vegetables into uniform, bite size pieces and add to the crock pot. You could even throw a package of frozen veggies in there if you are pressed for time. I like to use:
You could also add noodles, or rice, if you wish.
Cook on high for another 1-2 hours. Serve. Eat.
What is simpler? The house smells great. It is nutritious. It is cheap. You only use 1 pot, so clean up is a breeze. It can also cook itself while you are out running errands or at work. It's hot and it's perfect. It is also an easy meal to share with a large crowd. At my church, we have soup suppers on Wednesday evenings. This travels well, reheats in a snap, and satisfies a large, hungry crowd. Serve with buttered bread, or crackers (if you are not carb intolerant). Celery sticks with cream cheese, or grilled zucchini slices topped with parmesan cheese make a good side as well.
…John 6:57 "…so the one who feeds on me, will live because of me."
Psalm 23:6 "...my cup overflows."
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