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Chicken Noodle Soup Makes Everything Feel Better

 

My family doesn’t feel well today.  Can I get an “awww”?  Actually, save that awww for another time.  You don’t have to feel sorry for us because it’s just sore muscles.   Sore muscles from spending  Saturday skiing at Granite Peak in Wausau, WI.  It was a good day!

Our 7 year old has never experienced sore muscles like this before.  It was her first time on skis and she did great.  She spent part of the day in ski school learning the basics and then we spent about an hour with her on the easier slopes.  I can tell she’ll be passing me up in a few years already.

 

We don’t get to ski very often but when we do go as a family we have an order that we take down the slopes.  My husband leads the way and then the kids follow.  I’m almost always last down the hill.  I say it’s just in case one of the kids wipe out, but in reality, it’s because they like to go faster than me. 

But in case they actually do wipe out, I’m there to help them pick up the pieces of their yard sale.  What’s a yard sale on the ski slopes you ask?  Well, it’s when you wipe out and your skis go one way (normally downhill – way downhill), poles another (usually left uphill – way uphill) and hats and gloves are everywhere.

 

Now I’ve had my fair share of yard sales on the slopes and have always appreciated the kind people who help me pick up my equipment and get me back in one piece.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve had one, but the memories live strong. 

To help ease our aching muscles I made some chicken soup.  Chicken soup makes almost everything feel better.  So the next time you are on the ski slopes and see a “yard sale” be kind and help that person out because you know for sure they are going to need a big “awww” the next day.  A good yard sale always leaves behind very sore muscles.

Chicken Noodle Soup

With this recipe you can add more vegetables or subtract them. My family likes the basics so I just add carrots and onions. I also chop my carrots up small instead of leaving them whole so they cook faster. For the chicken, you can use any kind you like but I normally make up a fryer chicken and pull the meat off the bones. This is a less expensive way to make this dish.

One thing I love about soups is that you can easily make it the way you and/or your family like it.

Yield: About 10 Servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cloves chopped garlic
• 1/4 cup chopped carrots
• 1/4 cup chopped onion (about 1/3 of a medium onion)
• 12 cups of chicken broth – you can use store bought or make your own
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon dried or fresh parsley
• 1 teaspoon basil
• 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
• 4 cups shredded, cooked chicken meat
• 8 ounces wide egg noodles

Directions:

1. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil to a medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic and carrots for about 4 – 5 minutes.
2. Add chicken broth and seasonings.
3. When it comes to a boil, turn down to simmer.
4. Add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add egg noodles and simmer for 10 more minutes.

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2 Responses to “Chicken Noodle Soup Makes Everything Feel Better”

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    Kathryn Anderson — January 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Kendra—

    Love your blog! I am proud of you. You are really expanding and doing great things 🙂

    Love ya,

    Kathryn

    • Kendra replied: — February 1st, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      Kathryn – your words are very sweet! Thank you for the support. It means so much to me!