Food For The Soul

It is a chicken soup kind of day! The whole family is off.  It’s cold outside, the wind is gusty and, other than going to the gym, I have no desire to go outside today.

2015/01/img_3908-0.jpgLike clockwork, my helper showed up right on time! B’Dazzle is having fun washing and peeling carrots.

2015/01/img_3910-0.jpgThe beginnings of a home-made and hearty chicken and  quinoa soup. What are the healthy benefits of carrots?

2015/01/img_3909-0.jpgI love the vibrant colors of uncooked veggies!  Read this to learn about the health benefits of celery.

2015/01/img_3912-0.jpgThe seasoned chicken is baking nicely and is almost done.  Mmm..!  Smells good! 2015/01/img_3913-0.jpgGet your kids involved at home!  My son was eager to help cut the veggies. When your children asks to help out, please let them. Although the process might slow you down a bit, the time together is good for both parent and child. Besides, it’s better time spent than video games and TV. While cooking, we talk about everything… girls, school, family, and more!  Goooood stuff!! 🙂

chicken stockChicken stock in the making!  Are you hungry yet? Lol!

I searched the internet to find a recipe that appealed to me.  Can soup is filled with sodium and other processed stuff and is not the same.

Yeah, I cook often but home-made chicken soup is not my speciality.  Divas Can Cook had a recipe that works for me.  I substituted the noodles with quinoa (It is pronounced KEEN-wah).  Quinoa is a grain filled with nutrition.  Noodles are processed foods that I try to avoid.  The plan was to add brown rice, but since I have a decent amount of leftover quinoa, I decided to add it instead of cooking more rice.  I also added a little nutmeg to the broth.  Mmm… there’s something about nutmeg that gives food a homey and warm feeling. home made chicken soup

This is delicious! Just one spoonful brightened my smile even more today! 🙂 Here’s a link to DCC recipe.

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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In The Mood to Cook….

Today is Saturday and my day off.  Rarely do I cook on Saturdays, but for some reason this afternoon, I felt like putting my apron on and stepping into the kitchen.  What’s taken ahold of me?  Oh my!  I have no idea!

I did my standard grocery shopping, with only one new item on the list.  Before the groceries were put away, I already started prepping one dish.  I ended up  cooking a hodge-podge of whatever came to mind.  Maybe I cooked because of the extra day off and I don’t want to cook on Sunday and Monday too.  I can’t say for sure, all I know is that my family was thrilled that both ovens were working on a Saturday and they were not ordering from a take out menu. Here is what I cooked…

Ha! Ha!  This doesn't apply to me today.

Ha! Ha! This doesn’t apply to me today.

I can't get enough of the green and leafy!  Kale in one  pot and Broccolini in the other.

I can’t get enough of the green and leafy! Kale in one pot and Broccolini in the other.

Cabbage!  Green and purple!

Cabbage! Green and purple!

Bourbon seasoned boneless chicken breast

Bourbon seasoned boneless chicken breast

Pre-cooked carrots, potatoes, and chicken sausage

Pre-cooked carrots, potatoes, and chicken sausage

Hot and fresh out of the oven!  Smells good!

Hot and fresh out of the oven! Smells good!

$1.09 for fresh pizza dough at Shoprite.

$1.09 for fresh pizza dough at Shoprite.

I love my son's facial expression as he watches his dad prep the dough.  Too cute!

I love my son’s facial expression as he watches his dad prep the dough. Too cute!

Tailor is so happy to get his hands on the dough!

Tailor is so happy to get his hands on the dough!

...and now for some mozzarella cheese...

…and now for some mozzarella cheese…

Me spreading the sauce.

Me spreading the sauce.

All ready for the oven.

All ready for the oven.

After 20 minutes in the oven, this pizza was delicious!!

After 20 minutes in the oven, this pizza was delicious!!

Chocolate chip cookies!

Chocolate chip cookies!

Have a fabulous weekend!