Yes, I’m still here. Sorry about the hiatus from the blogosphere, but I think that’s just how things are going to go for the next year and a half. I’m going to keep posting as often as I can but what with grad school, unpacking the house, planning the wedding, and working, there’s just not a whole lot of free time. Okay, enough excuses, let’s get on to the food!
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few months, but my stats class got in the way of things. I’ve been eating soup pretty much daily for the last four months. I just love it so much. It’s easy to make, it’s super healthy, it’s delicious, and you can make one giant pot and have lunch for two weeks! I mean come on, what’s not to love?!?
There’s something so nice and comforting about a bowl of soup. Even though the weather has be delightfully Spring-y this past week, I’ve still been enjoying soup for lunch every day. Plus, I love that I can easily and fairly quickly make a huge batch, and yet there’s very few dishes to wash. Anyone who’s ever lived with me knows how much I hate doing dishes. It’s just such a pain in the ass. I get home from work, I have to make dinner, then I just want to relax and eat said dinner, and then the last thing I want to do is wash the dishes. Sooooo I don’t. And then they sit there until I eventually give in and wash them a few days later. Don’t judge me. You’ve all done it at some point or another. Anyway…….back to soup.
Yuuuuummmmmmm. Doesn’t it just look like a bowl full o’ comfort?
Luna is always very interested in the whole process. She LOVES it when I make soup because she knows she’s going to get a few of those chicken scraps…
Look at her just waiting patiently (except she’s not really that patient actually) for me to give her some chicken bits.
This is her, I’m so adorable how can you resist me? Face.
She knows I’m a pushover. But come on. How can anyone resist those big brown eyes? And those ears! They’re so big and floppy and soft!!!
Now, of course there really isn’t anything super special about this recipe. There’s no magic ingredient that makes it awesome. Pretty much any soup is awesome. I’ve been making soup with my mom since I was a little kid, so I guess there’s something about the whole soup-making experience that I find comforting and nostalgic.
I was talking about my love of soup to one of my coworkers the one day (as dietitians sometimes do), and she mentioned that she had no idea how to make soup. I was like, “OMG it’s so easy! All you need is a chicken and some frozen vegetables.” She was like, “don’t you need to buy a bunch of cans of broth?”, and I said, “NO! Homemade broth is so much better and if you have the chicken already, then it’s FREE!” So I wanted to put together this post to show anyone who doesn’t know that it’s easy, fast, and pretty cheap to make a TON of homemade soup. And of course this soup is delicious AND nutritious. You can use whatever veggies you want too. I generally use frozen veggies because they’re cheap and easy and require zero prep work aside from cutting open the bag – gotta love that. I have also thrown potatoes and sweet potatoes in there and that’s also delicious. And I have a bag of frozen butternut squash cubes to add to my next batch to see what that tastes like. Zucchini would also be good in this soup. And of course use whatever spices you’d like. I just played around with it and found that I really like sage, chives, and garlic powder in my soup.
If you really wanted to make this soup low fat, you could easily do that. All you would need to do is, after you’ve removed the boiled chicken and you have just the plain broth in the pot, put the pot in the fridge overnight and then the next day carefully skim off the layer of fat that solidifies on top. Then proceed with the rest of the instructions. I don’t do this because 1) fat is delicious and I like it in my soup, and 2) this would prolong the soup making process and I’m rather impatient. If you want to read more about why it’s not necessary to make everything low fat and fat free, then read this post.
So what do you guys think? Easy enough?
What would you add if you were making your “perfect pot” of chicken soup?