Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lazy Mom's Chicken Soup

I almost didn't call it that--I was thinking of a more dubious title like "The Best Non-Homemade Homemade Chicken Soup" or even "Exhausted Moms Highly Nutritious but Easy Chicken Soup." I figured that it is OK for Mom's to just be lazy every once in a while. We certainly earn it! No, you don't have to be a Mom to make it, but you do have to be lazy.

This makes a pot of delicious, satisfying chicken and rice soup. You can have it put together within minutes with these ready made ingredients. I bought everything at Trader Joe's but you can use any brand you like.

In a big stock pan saute 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped in 1 TBL olive oil for about 1 minute. Throw in 1 container of Mirepoix (fancy name for diced onions, carrots and celery) and continue to saute until onions start to turn translucent. Pour in 1 1/2 containers chicken broth, 1 package Heat and Serve grilled chicken chopped into 1/2 inch bites, 1 bag pre-made brown rice. The Trader Joe's one is frozen, but Uncle Ben's has a nice one you can cook in microwave in 90 seconds. Stir in 2 tsp Thyme, 1 c loosely packed fresh parsley leaves and salt and pepper to taste. At this point, you can let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes and you are good to go.

Last weekend I had a little more time so I let the stock, garlic, veggies, and spices simmer for about 1 hour before I added the chicken and rice and then cooked for about 30 more minutes. The house smelled so amazing and the soup was eaten to the last drop as of yesterday.

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