Monday, April 19, 2010

I Hab a Code

Last week Livy had a cold, and this week she shared it with me.  The last time I was sick, she and I were sick together, which made it easier for us to nap together and be lazy bums at the same time.  This time around I desperately want to sleep and hang out all day long, but Livy is high-energy and demanding my attention and time.  Let me just say a big "Ugh" to this situation and end the complaining there.  So far, as long as I change activities with her every 10 - 20 minutes, she's amused.  But would I ever just love a day-long nap right now.

So, if you find yourself in this situation, you should make this during nap time.

Chicken Rice Soup

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1.5 - 2 cartons of organic, free range chicken stock (roughly 48 - 64 ounces)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
2 celery stalks, halved lenghtwise and sliced thin
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1.5 cups cooked brown rice
.5 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste

*Bring the stock to a low boil.  Dump in the chicken breasts and simmer for 12 minutes or until no trace of pink remains.  Meanwhile chop your carrots, celery, and onions.

*When the chicken is finished poaching, remove it from the broth and let it cool.  Toss your carrots, celery, and onions in the broth and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes or until tender.  Meanwhile, chop your chicken into bite-sized chunks and chop your parsley.

*When the vegetables are tender, add your chicken, parsley, rice, salt, and pepper.  Warm though.

*Eat, heal, and enjoy.

Edited to Add:  If you toss a ladleful of the soup into a blender and puree it with a little extra broth or water you'll have a fine, fresh baby meal for the evening.  Presto!  You are a mistress of self-healing and a paragon of motherhood!  Yay you!

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