Easy Chicken Soup

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For moms who are dedicated to making a healthy meal for their families every night, and can be difficult to find new recipes that are both easy to make and that are in your budget. Making soup or stew is an easy dinner that is both healthy and uses ingredients that are affordable. Chicken soup is a recipe that is quite versatile and can be easily changed to make it very hearty without much effort. The following is a description of how classic chicken soup can be changed into a hearty chicken noodle stew.

The first thing you will need to do is dice up three cups of celery, two cups of carrots, one cup on onions, and 2 cloves of garlic. Melt four tablespoons of butter in the bottom of a large soup pan and add the celery, carrots, onions, and garlic to it. Let this simmer for a few minutes, and then slowly add a half cup of flour to the mixture. Once this is mixed in, pour two 32 ounce boxes of low-sodium chicken stock into the pan and bring to a gentle boil. While this is boiling, cut up one cup of zucchini, one cup of green beans, and open one eight ounce can of corn (or equivalent frozen). Add these three things to the pan as well. Season everything generously with salt, pepper and parsley to taste. Allow this to simmer for about ten minutes.

While the veggies are cooking, you can begin working with the chicken. Cup up one pound of chicken (preferably beast meat) into small pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat four tablespoons of olive oil or butter a frying pan, then toss the chicken into the pan. Cook the chicken until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from the heat and set to the side until the next step is completed.

Once the chicken is done, scoop out one third of the veggies from the soup pan and place them in a blender. Purée them until they are smooth and then pour them back into the soup pan. This will make your stew extra thick and creamy. Mix the chicken into the stew along with twelve ounces of dried pasta. If you would like, use alphabet pasta to make it fun for the kids. Allow this to boil until the pasta is fully cooked. For best results, serve the stew hot with a loaf of crusty bread.


Simple Soups for Spring

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Make Dinner Fun for the Whole Family

Spring lends itself well to a variety of fresh dishes that even the most discerning palate can enjoy. Even though summer is just around the corner, chilly evenings make spring the perfect season to enjoy soup made from fresh ingredients. Your kids will also enjoy being able to help you create dinner, which will help get them away from the television and into the kitchen! The next time you find yourself looking for family cooking ideas, consider using these activities to get everyone involved. Not only will you end up with a delicious dinner, but you will also be able to strengthen the bond with your child and give them memories to cherish for years to come.

Get the Kids Involved

Kids of all ages love to help cook dinner. It not only instills good values, but helps them understand the process of creating a meal and learning where their food comes from. Before starting, be sure you prep all of the items going into your meal. This includes any chopping or the handling of raw meat. Once the hard part is done, get your kids involved by letting them measure ingredients, taste test and pitch-in during cleanup. Of course, older children can help cut vegetables if they are properly trained and supervised. To peak their interest, use ingredients that they enjoy eating and allow them to present their creation to the entire family before eating.

Make Cooking Fun

The key to child participation is making sure they have fun! Allow them to have free choice over what goes into the meal, and put them in charge of reading the recipe if you choose to use one. Other activities, such as playing music and small games or friendly competitions can help ensure enjoyment by all, and keep them coming back for more fun!

Creating your own family cooking ideas can be complicated. The next time you are looking for the perfect meal give this recipe a try and make your families’ dinner special for everyone.

Creamy Potato Soup

½ pound bacon (thick cut works best)
3 large carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 large potatoes, chopped
7 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1 cup grated cheese

To begin, cut the bacon into small pieces and brown in a large skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, remove the bacon and drain any grease from the pan. Place the onion, celery and carrots into the same pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Pour the broth into the onion mixture and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the burner and add the milk and heavy cream. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Remove two-thirds of the mixture from the pan and place into a large blender. Puree the soup until smooth and then pour it back into the pan. Simmer the ingredients until all of the vegetables are fully cooked. Serve in bowls garnished with cheese, bacon and fresh parsley.