"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children." Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This is a super easy recipe.  I don't do mine in the crock pot but you easily could.

About 40 ounces of Chicken Stock
2 Chicken Breasts
1/2 Tbsp of Salt
1/2 Tbsp of Pepper
A few shakes of Oregano and Basil
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery sticks, chopped
1/3 of a bag of Egg Noodles

In my cast iron pot, I add about 40 ounces of Chicken Stock and 2 Chicken Breasts and seasonings.  I put the lid on and cook in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  I take it out and shred the chicken into large chunks.  I then add the vegetables and cook for 20 minutes.  I take that out and add the noodles and cook for another 10 minutes.

If you wanted to do it in the crock pot, you basically just follow the same directions but obviously cook each interval for longer.  Don't add the veggies in the beginning of you will end up with pure mush.  And let's be real, no one likes mushy veggies.  Or hard ones so don't put them in too late, either.
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Apple Craisin Salad

I never should have put this salad in a yellow bowl for the picture.  It makes it look weird.  Anyway, I have some friends (Christie and Nicole) who make the most awesome salads.  When it comes to salad, I am hard to impress so this says a lot.

Apples - Honeycrisp are the best
Roasted Almond Slices
Mozzarella Cheese
and a Poppy Seed Dressing

Oh my gosh it is so amazing, I've pretty much had this for lunch every day this week.  I'm not joking.  It is so easy to throw together and so worth it.  I like to think I'm being healthy by eating it, but the truth is that by the time I get the dressing on there, I've pretty much undone all of my effort in eating healthy.  Oh well, we'll pretend like I only use a little spoon full.
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