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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Well, cold and flu season is upon us and we are feeling it hard in our household. My toddler has been sick off and on for weeks. She has a runny nose and a cough that will come and go every other week. I kind of expected her to be sick more often after starting daycare in the fall, but not this much! I’ve had a cold a couple times over the past couple months, but sometimes I don’t know if it’s a cold or just the typical congestion that comes with being pregnant. But this weekend, my husband really went down for the count. He’s congested and has completely lost his voice. He was working 14 hour days for a few days there and didn’t see our daughter for awhile. The first night when he came home in time to see her before bedtime, he tried talking to her and she lost her mind! She was so scared of his raspy voice!

I wanted to make a really healthy soup to help the whole family feel better. My toddler is still napping 2-3 hours in the middle of the day, so that gave me plenty of time to make this to enjoy for lunch and dinner that same day. There was a lot leftover so I also took some for lunch today, and I’m sure my husband will be eating some for lunch at home today as well since he’s still off sick.

If you watched my Instagram stories yesterday, I did document how I made this. One of the things I talked about was cleaning my chicken breasts. My mom does this with all of her meat, especially if she’s using it in a stew, soup or braised dish. Have you ever noticed that when you boil meat, you get impurities that rise to the top in the form of scum or foam that you have to skim off? If you clean your meat before cooking it, you won’t have as much (or any) of these impurities to skim off. What I did with my chicken breasts was give them a healthy sprinkle of salt on both sides. I have a cheap box of Windsor table salt that I use purely for this purpose. Then using my hands, I scrub the salt well into the chicken. It’s like you’re exfoliating the chicken! Then rinse the chicken well under cold water to get rid of all the salt. After doing this step, I did not have any impurities to skim off my broth at all. The chicken boiled nice and cleanly. My mom does this all the time with pork, chicken, beef, fish, etc. I must admit, that I don’t do it all the time, but I will now that I see how nice and clean and pure my broth was!

There’s also a step in this recipe to make a roux with butter, flour and a little bit of cream to make it into a creamy chicken noodle soup. I love all types of creamy soups, so I added this step. If you’re just a broth-soup type of person, just omit this step!

Give this recipe a try to kick any of your winter colds and flus!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 small chicken breasts (you can also use boneless chicken thighs)
  • 6 tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots: 2 grated and 1 sliced into half circles
  • 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of rotini
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp dried dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Clean your chicken breasts by giving them a healthy sprinkle of household table salt on both sides and scrubbing with your hands. Rinse in cold water and set aside.

2

In a large soup pot, combine 6 cups chicken broth, 5 cups water, and 1/2 tbsp of salt. Bring to a boil and add your chicken breasts. Boil uncovered for 20 minutes. Skim off any impurities that rise to the top (you shouldn't have anything thing to skim off if you've cleaned your chicken well).

3

While chicken is cooking, place a large pan over medium heat and add 2 tbsp butter. Add chopped onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add grated carrots and chopped celery and saute for another 5 minutes.

4

Remove chicken from the pot. Add the sauteed vegetables to the pot and continue to let boil gently.

5

Using two forks, shred the chicken and return to the pot.

6

Add 2 cups of dried rotini, sliced carrot, and the frozen corn to the soup pot and continue cooking at a low boil for 15 minutes.

7

(You can skip this step if you just want a broth soup, instead of a creamy soup). In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt 4 tbsp butter. Whisk in 1/3 cup of flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add in 1 cup of the hot broth from the soup pot into the flour mixture and whisk until well blended. Add in 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and whisk until well blended. Transfer to soup pot and stir until well blended.

8

Add in 2 tbsp of dill and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook at a low boil for another 5 minutes.

9

Enjoy!!!

Canadian Recipes/ Featured

Creamy Garlic Steelhead Trout with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Wow, it has been MONTHS since I’ve posted anything on here. Honestly you guys, this working mom thing is no joke. I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel all day every day – wake up, go to work, go home, make dinner, play with my child, bathe my child, put her to bed, go to bed myself by 9PM, repeat. And then weekends are just a blur of playing, laundry and housework. Work has been crazy busy but it’s also been a lot of fun. Although I do try to make dinner every day, I will confess that due to my workload and my husband’s crazy hours, we do end up ordering Skip the Dishes at least once or twice a week. However, when I’m on the ball and I’ve meal prepped and grocery shopped and put out the right things to defrost the night before, dinner isn’t usually too difficult to throw together after work. I have a whole repertoire of easy 30 minute meals that I can’t wait to share with everyone. Now if only I can find some time to take photos of the meals and blog about them!

Now that summertime is here, I try to hit up the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday during my lunch hour and support local vendors as much as I can. I buy a lot of my produce at the Farmer’s Market but they do have a few vendors that offer meat products too, like Reid’s Meats. A few weeks ago, I visited the Reid’s Meats storefront here in Regina for the first time and picked up quite a haul of locally and ethically sourced meats. For just over $100, I bought two steelhead trout fillets, one whole chicken, two packages of chicken bangers, two pounds of ground beef, and two flatiron steaks. I plan on featuring these products in a series of recipes over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Purchases from Reid’s Meats

Today’s recipe is going to feature the beautiful steelhead trout fillets that I bought. They were the fresh fish feature that day and they were just so gorgeous! I try to make a fish dinner at least once per week, but our go-to is usually salmon. I don’t buy trout in the grocery stores as they tend to look quite anemic and unappetizing. I was excited to see such beautiful trout fillets at Reid’s Meats, as this might be another economical protein that I can add to our family recipe repertoire.

My little toddler will eat any type of pasta, so this was a good recipe for her to get her pasta fix and try some healthy fish as well! And with this being a quick 30 minute meal, I was able to easily distract her with her favourite movie (Moana) while I quickly whipped this up.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. I’ll try to pop on here more regularly and share some more recipes but no promises! With the beautiful summer weather, all I want to do during my spare time is go outside and read books in the sunshine!

Creamy Garlic Trout with Sun-dried Tomatoes

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Serves: 2 Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 steelhead trout fillets, skin off
  • 2 tsps olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 5 oz jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil (drained of oil), roughly chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups half and half cream
  • Salt and pepper (to season fish, and to taste)
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water

Instructions

1

Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the trout on both sides with salt and pepper, and sear in the hot pan for 5 minutes on each side. Once cooked through, remove from the pan and set aside.

2

Melt the butter in the remaining juices leftover in the pan. Add in the garlic and fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the onion and fry for another 30 seconds. Pour in the white wine and allow to reduce slightly (about 3 minutes). Add in the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for about 2 minutes.

3

Reduce heat to low, add the heavy cream and bring to a gentle simmer. Season with salt and pepper.

4

Add in the spinach leaves and allow to wilt in the sauce. Add in the parmesan cheese. Allow sauce to simmer for another minute until the cheese is melted.

5

Add in the cornstarch slurry and allow to simmer for another 4 minutes until the sauce thickens.

6

Add the trout back into the pan, spoon the sauce over each filet, and allow to simmer for another minute.

7

Serve over your pasta of choice!