|Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ~ Whenever one of us gets sick, I like to make homemade chicken soup. I always like to save/freeze any chicken bones we have leftover after a meal ~ they're perfect for making soup with. I like to add the bones to any saved chicken broth I might have in the freezer, simmer them together & that way I get a really rich & thick stock/broth. I then remove the bones, skim off the fat & I then add some cut-up chicken meat & whatever veg is hanging around. Sometimes I'll add noodles, sometimes rice & sometimes just the veggies. If I'm out of homemade broth I use Better Than Bouillon, it's my go-to for great soup flavor. Chicken Soup ~ It always seems to help. :)|
This was the end of the first week back to school for J. Summer is now 'over' & we are getting back into the school routine. Everything went fine the first week ~ no missed school buses, no forgetting to set the alarm clock, no forgotten lunches ~ everything went according to plan. But... this morning J woke up with a scratchy throat & the sniffles. Darn! Beginnings of a cold? Sinus attack? Time will tell... but, every year he gets a cold at the beginning of school, so I'm leaning towards cold, but the pollen count is high, too ~ so I'm just waiting to see.
Since it could go either way, I decided to make some Homemade Chicken Soup. Now, I don't have a go-to 'recipe' for chicken soup ~ other than having chicken in it, it varies by what we have on hand in the fridge & who it is for. If it's for J or Roy, it will be more simple ~ but if it's for me, it will be spicier & have more of a Mexican flair. (did I ever mention I love Mexican food?! :) Sometimes the chicken soup has rice instead of noodles; sometimes just carrots, celery & onions; sometimes additional veggies. Anything in the veggie bin is fair game. It's a comforting soup ~ no matter how I make it & we all enjoy it as we try to keep the sick bug away.
Here is a good, easy, basic homemade chicken soup recipe from Martha Stewart to get you started. It's easy to add your own personal spin ~ be it with noodles, rice or just plain. I usually lean towards noodles, since they're so fun to slurp ~ & J agrees. :)