Happiness is when you walk in the door and it smells like what your grandmother's house smelled like ...This morning I posted about last night's dinner ... sorry it was a late night! I had a nice piece of leftover turkey breast that I knew was going into a soup. Didn't know what else was going in, but it was the basic chicken noodle standard with some added new flavors.
I don't know if it's because we have actually been using the dining room (bc the kitchen is so full of stuff lateley), or the mood everyone was in, but I felt like my day synced up nicely over a simple bowl of soup and warm bread.
If you or anyone in your family has been fighting an illness (as there are many with flu-like symptoms and coughs going around), there's nothing like a good bowl of chicken soup. It's a nutrient dense easy to digest food and liquid that can help your immune system. Try to use the best ingredients like organic celery (as it's one of the worst offenders of pesticides), organic free-range chicken or turkey (most chickens from the grocery store are grown at lightning speed to fatten them up and fed corn and antibiotics which of course get into our systems that make it difficult to fight infection on our own).
Not too much work goes into making soup ... the waiting for all the flavors to come together isn't terribly long, but the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.
Magical Turkey Orzo Soup
2 (32 ounce) boxes of chicken stock
1 cup of chopped onion (or more to taste)
1 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of diced carrots
olive oil to coat pot
2 cups or so of cooked turkey (or chicken), chopped into bite sized pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
grated fresh ginger
juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
a pinch of Old Bay seasoning
1 cup frozen organic corn
1 tablespoon flavored vinegar (I used an orange champagne variety but red wine is good too)
cooked orzo (cook separately and add to pot when ready to eat)
fresh sprig of rosemary chopped
fresh sprigs of parsley torn up
- Heat olive oil in a soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until tender.
- Add chicken stock/broth. Combine well and heat through.
- Add turkey
- Season with the following: salt, pepper, ginger (I don't measure, I just use a grater and count till at least 20!), lemon juice, thyme, parsley, Old Bay. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
- Add frozen corn. Cook until tender.
- Add vinegar along with orzo, fresh rosemary and parsely. Heat thoroughly and let flavors blend.
Hope your next dinner is magical!
Throwback Thursday with Santa from Pequannock Co 1 Firehouse
So miss these visits!!!