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
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!