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Easy homemade chicken noodle soup

Easy homemade chicken noodle soup

I kid you not when I tell you that I haven’t really had a cold since first or second year of university.

Whether it’s my healthy diet or the fact that my immune system got turbocharged after sharing sandboxes and snotty hands with other kids at my childhood daycare, I don’t know. But I’ve been lucky to have been blessed with many sickless years. Until this fall.

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Recently I was sick for what felt like weeks! I didn’t have a cough, but I was congested up the wazoo with a sore throat to boot. A week or so later JZ got sick too – I didn’t give it to him, I swear! – so when he came on the weekend I made us the best homemade cure: homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Most chicken soup purists say you should make your own broth. And let’s face it, they’re right. There’s nothing like homemade broth. But when you’re feeling sick and blowing your nose every 5 minutes, putting in all that work is the last thing you want to do. And besides, you’re sick, it’s not like your taste buds can even tell the difference.

So this is my easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that is ready in about an hour (including roasting the chicken) so that you can get back to watching a Gossip Girl marathon on the couch while building up a mountain of used tissues beside you.

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Easy homemade chicken noodle soup
 
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Homemade chicken noodle soup that's ready in under an hour!
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Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts, roasted and shredded
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4-5 springs fresh thyme
  • 1.5 cups egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot. When it is hot, add the onion and saute over low heat for about 6-7 minutes until it is soft.
  2. Add the carrot and celery, and cook for another several minutes until they are soft enough to be pierced by a knife easily.
  3. Add the shredded chicken, chicken broth, bay leaves, and fresh thyme. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the egg noodles and cook for 5-6 minutes until they are done. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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What are your go to meals when you’re sick?

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5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

Being unemployed has its disadvantages: occasional boredom, lack of money, and living at home with my parents to name a few. But it also has a few perks. Namely, having plenty of time to cook!

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

Recently I’ve gotten busy (in the kitchen – get your minds out of the gutter) whipping up tons of food using the best of the late summer produce. Sure you could make these recipes any time of the year, but now is the best time to do it because the produce is local, meaning it is cheaper, more flavourful, and likely higher in nutrients since it takes less time to get to your plate. Plus the late summer vegetable recipes in this post are all tried and true, so you can be assured they are delicious!

1. Pan-roasted corn risotto from Food and Wine

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit (for left photo): Food and Wine

I made this one day last week when we had about 10 cobs of leftover corn to use up (my parents like to really overbuy when they’re cooking for company). I found this recipe and then got a fierce craving for risotto, so I knew it had to be made. I cut down on the fat because 5 tablespoons of butter plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil is a bit excessive for everyday cooking. I found that 1.5 tablespoons of each butter and olive oil was perfectly sufficient without sacrificing any flavour!

2. Classic tomato soup from Fine Cooking

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: Fine Cooking

Funny enough right before I made this soup I considered ordering take out sushi. But I tend to spend a lot of money out at restaurants, and I prefer to not spend it on takeout. So I decided on grilled cheese instead, and whipped up this easy homemade tomato soup to go with it. It calls for canned tomatoes but I used fresh and just removed their skins. It turned out great!

3. Sweet corn, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella pizza from How Sweet It Is

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With all of my free time to cook, I’ve been playing around with making breads and pizza dough. So when my aunt invited us to a BBQ, I decided to bring this pizza to contribute as an appetizer. I used both fresh and hard mozzarella to make it extra cheesy!

4. Balsamic roasted beet, sweet orange, and chevre salad from The Flourishing Foodie

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: The Flourishing Foodie

What I love about beets is that they have such a long growing season: they’re grown almost all summer long and into the fall. In the summers they’re perfect for salads like this one. Can you ever go wrong with beets paired with goat cheese? (Psst, the answer is no)

5. Open faced eggplant sandwich with olive-walnut relish from Fine Cooking

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: Fine Cooking

I’m not always an eggplant lover. When it’s not cooked properly or paired with the right flavours, it can be pretty bad. But this recipe is the perfect way to serve eggplant to bring out and complement its best flavours. I used pine nuts instead of walnuts to make it nut free, but otherwise followed the recipe and it turned out fantastic.

What late summer vegetable recipes are you cooking right now?

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Leek and potato soup

Canadian winters suck. That is an established fact. But for the majority of the past few years, we’ve been blessed with a St. Patrick’s Day miracle. It could have been negative 10 degrees Celsius the week before, but as soon as March 17th hit, the thermometers soared! I remember two years ago I wore a strapless top to my friend’s outdoor party and we spent the entire afternoon basking in the sun enjoying farmers’ market pizza and green-tinted drinks. And the year before I was in a t-shirt on the streets hopping from pub to pub for the Leprechaun Crawl.

Leek and potato soup

But that will not be happening this year because A) St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday and I’m no longer a carefree student, and B) It’s still going to be cold here for the foreseeable future. So this year I’m celebrating the holiday with this Irish leek and potato soup. Delicious, comforting, and best of all, warm!

Leek and potato soup

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Vegetarian, gluten free, and nut free. Vegan option*.
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Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 leeks, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 800 g Yukon gold potatoes (about 5), peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup of low fat milk*
  • ¾ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper, or to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot heat up the olive oil over low heat, then add the leeks. Saute over very low heat for about 7-10 minutes until they are soft. Then add the cubed potatoes and vegetable broth and cook covered for 40-50 minutes when the potatoes can be pierced with a fork.
  2. Put the soup in a high powered blender or use an immersion blender to puree it into a smooth soup with no lumps. Then stir in the milk, salt, and pepper.
  3. Optional step: If you want to make the soup green and add extra nutrients, feel free to add 100 g of frozen spinach. Just mix it into the soup before pureeing with the blender!
Notes
*Use almond or soy milk to make recipe vegan.

Leek and potato soup

Normally I don’t add spinach to my leek and potato soup… that was just my creative and desperate attempt to make a green recipe so I could link up with the Great St. Patrick’s Day Greek Food Link Up at The Healthy Maven. The link up post will be up on Friday, so make sure to go check out all the recipes!

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What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day last year?

What’s your favourite potato recipe?

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