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Chicken, jalapeno and rice winter soup. Healing for the body and heart.
Combine 3-4 cups water and the chicken breasts and tenderloins in a stock pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the meat falls off the bone, about 1-2 hours.
Turn down the heat and remove chicken from the pot. Shred chicken with a fork. Alternatively, you can use the meat from a rotisserie chicken to save time. Return chicken to the pot and add the following: garlic, onion, 7-8 cups chicken broth and the brown rice. Cook until rice is soft and cooked through (use the package for timing guideline).
Then add celery, carrots, cabbage and green beans. Cook until veggies are semi-soft. This should take only a few minutes but use a fork or taste one to make sure they still have a little bite to them.
While soup is cooking, using a blender, blend one cup of water with the fresh jalapenos, use 1 or 2 peppers according to your own taste. Add the blended sauce to the soup. Cook about 10 minutes longer, adding more water if necessary until you reach desired consistency. The soup will thicken once the rice is cooked.
Before serving, remove any bones, garnish with cayenne pepper, salt and fresh squeezed lemon or lime. This soup freezes really well, and can be frozen in single one cup servings for reheating later.
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!