Practical Whispers of I Love You

Proverbs 31: 14-15

She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

Good morning! I see we have been “souping it up” on the II website! I felt inspired to whip up a pot myself! Now, I might not be bringing food from “afar” or feeding my “female servants” but I desire to be the P31 lady. And today this lady is making soup!

I happen to live literally 5 minutes from a Fresh Market, so that is why you will see the Fresh Market brand in the photo. You will also notice the Wal Mart brand too. Does traveling to 2 different grocery stores count as “afar”? I believe in spreading the love. Ha! Seriously, I had some items in my freezer and I like to use what I have on hand. Anyway, on Tuesdays Fresh Market has chicken and ground beef for $2.99 a pound! I couldn’t pass it up. After realizing what a busy day I have today,  I decided a crock pot meal was the way to go. Here is my Chicken Soup recipe so you can whisper I love you to your family:

  • 2 boxes of Chicken Broth
  • 1 pound of Chicken, boiled and then shredded( not cut in cubes, but shredded….this will “stretch” your chicken in your recipe)
  • 1/2 of a 2 lb. package of mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 of a 12 oz. package of turnip greens ( trust me on this, please!)
  • 2 tsps of Better than Bouillon Chicken Base ( trust me on this too, it is around $5 for the jar but lasts a LONG time and will add a richness to your soup)
  • 1 package of wide egg noodles ( I used a package I found at Fresh Market b/c they are huge! If you don’t have wide egg noodles, use any pasta you have on hand for soup)
  • Salt, pepper (and any other seasoning you like added “to taste”)

Heat up your crock pot before you put anything in it. While it is heating boil your chicken in salted water with a little olive oil and 1 tsp of bouillon. Once your crock pot is heated, add your vegetables, both boxes of broth, and 1 tsp of bouillon. After your chicken is cooked and cooled enough to handle, shred it using 2 forks, sort of like pulling chicken or pork for barbecue.  Now, add your chicken to your crock pot.

After your noodles are cooked, drain them and toss with olive oil or a little butter so they won’t stick. DO NOT put them in your crock pot yet! Put them in the fridge. This way they are boiled and ready for you to add to your soup when you get home. If you add them early they will start to break down and fall apart!

That’s it! Sooo easy! Of course, salt and pepper to taste. You can also add other seasoning like Cavendar’s Greek Seasoning if you would like to. You know what your family likes, doctor it up a bit if you need to. : )

Serve with a salad and some bread. I found a recipe on Pinterest for an Apricot Cornbread recipe. It is delicious! I substituted the marscapone cheese for sour cream and I added about a teaspoon of crushed rosemary for a more savory/sweet bread.  So good! I am serving it with my soup tonight!

 

I hope you have a great day whispering I love you to your family and friends!

Rene’

 

 

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