Chicken Soup for the Lazy Soul

Chicken Noodle Soup

Do you usually have the energy to make dinner for yourself, let alone for the other 1-5+ people waiting for you to make it for them? If you’re like me, then no, no you do not have the energy (or want to…same thing). What if I told you with about 10 minutes before and after work you can make…oh…a bunch of dinners?! Do you have a crock pot? Of course I do! I’m lazy remember?! What’s easier than putting stuff in and pressing ‘on’? I know a can is pretty convenient, but there is a lot more you don’t want in that can…like BPA, MSG and the usual suspect-sodium. According to my list of MSG aliases, Progresso chicken noodle has at least 3 MSG monikers listed. I’ve also never cut myself using a crock pot vs. the can opener.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup*

  • 8 cups water
  • 3-4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3-4 stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2-3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground white or black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Italian (or other mixed) seasoning
  • 1-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast (thawed)

The very last thing:

  • 1/2-1 lb quinoa pagodas or other thick and/or funky noodle – cooked before serving

Directions:

  1. In order of appearance place all of the ingredients, except the pasta, into a crock pot.
  2. Set the crock pot for a convenient time (8 hours = after work, etc.) and note that longer is better.
  3. 20 minutes before serving dinner, boil some water, and cook your noodles for the allotted time but leaving them a little al dente (firm) so they don’t over cook and become mushy in the hot soup broth.
  4. Pour all of your noodles in with the soup, or serve noodles individually for better noodle consistency when reheated (store remaining noodles and soup separately).

I won’t tell a soul that you put more effort into cleaning out your wallet than you did making dinner. Scouts honor.

*(sounds better than “Crock pot Chicken Noodle Soup.” sounds more homemade)

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

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