Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So why share all these memories from so long ago? It's twofold. First, I wanted to invite you all to look around you for someone who could use a lift and do something to make their burden a little lighter. It could be a dinner, it could be babysitting their kids, it could be a lunch date, it could just be being a listening ear. Someone needs YOU! I never in a million years would've asked for help, despite the fact that I so desperately needed it right then, but how grateful I am for people who recognized my need and did not take my feeble refusals as an excuse not to help me.
And the other reason why I share this story, is that that's where I got this recipe from. This was one of the meals my friend, Denise, brought to me all those years ago. Even in my feverish state I recognized a winning recipe when I tasted it. It's been a regular on our winter menu ever since that day and every time I make this super easy (10 minutes beginning to end), but completely hearty and delicious, chicken noodle soup I am reminded of the kindness and thoughtfulness of dear friends.
By the way, in case any of you out there are holding a colicky baby right now and wondering if they'll ever stop crying.... Adam is now a bright, happy 2nd grader, who while still quite stubborn, also happens to be the most even tempered of my five children. °Ü°
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
4-1/2 cups water
5 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. thyme or marjoram (optional)
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
2 cups frozen soup veggies
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken (I used 1 Costco sized can cooked chicken)
1 can (16-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 cup egg noodles
Directions: In a saucepan on medium heat, saute chopped onion in oil until soft; about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 8 minutes or until noodles are done and veggies are crisp-tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!
FOOD STORAGE VERSION:
Instead of chopped onions, use 1 Tbs. dried minced onions or 1 tsp. onion powder, skip the sauteing, and throw in with the rest of the ingredients.
Instead of frozen soup veggies use 1 can mixed veggies
Instead of fresh chicken use 2 cups canned, cooked chicken
This post is linked to Saturday Swap at Quit Eating Out.