I had a few chicken body parts in the freezer. Ya know, the breasts, a couple packages of thighs, a package of wings. It was about three pounds of chicken total. I threw it is pot of boiling water with a bay leaf. I really don’t know what the bay leaf brings to the table but my momma always does it,so I figure, what the heck.
After the chicken boiled, I removed the chicken from the bones and boiled the bones for about 20 minutes. This will get the rest of the flavor out. Make sure you remove that bay leaf too! After at all boiled, I removed the bones from the “stock.”
I then found six carrots left over. Those got chopped pretty small. Then I chopped up a yellow onion to add some depth to the broth. I placed the chicken meat back in the pot. Some parsley, celery salt, paprika for coloring, black pepper (all to taste- there weren’t any exact measurements going on.)
Because my family likes chicken and noodle soup, I threw in a couple cups of dry noodles I was going to have to throw away in a separate pot to boil, some corn, and green bean in with the chicken.
To make the soup a bit thicker, I mixed about a tablespoon of flour with water and allowed that to cook in with the soup to make the broth a bit thicker.
This whole process took about four hours. We weren’t in a hurry, just sitting around the house today,so it was perfect for a lazy day.
I like to do cooking for the week on the weekend, so this soup will serve as a few meals for the kids. I also boiled some eggs for my breakfast this week and maybe couple impromptu deviled eggs for lunch. Some garlic mashed potatoes and ham for a couple more lunches were cooked as well. It was an easy day of OAWC for me today, as it is a four day work week. Nothing too time consuming. Busy studying for an exam!
What exam you may ask? I’m trying to “advance my career” by taking the occupational health nurse certification exam in one week! Earlier this year I took the certification in case management exam and passed, so fingers crossed I pass this one too! I feel like I have been studying forever for this one. Not only does it encompass what I do every day at my real job, but there is a lot that I don’t deal with on an every day basis so it is going to be pretty challenging. That’s why this kind of cooking is so important in my life. Once a week cooking gives me an opportunity to have freedoms during the week to hang out with the kids instead of slaving away in the kitchen all afternoon after work and allows me time to study after they kids go to bed. It’s the perfect solution to single mom cooking!
When it was all said and done we had a really good soup. I was able to eat it without the noodles. I impressed myself with this one, and decreased my food waste this week.