My Ultimate Comfort Food

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It is definitely that time of year where we start wanting more of those foods that warm your tummy, your kitchens, and your hearts… Exceeeept …Those foods tend to come with the addition of a little something around the waist as well. Somehow comfort food became an equivalent to heavy food. WHAT?! Comfort food is just meant to be exactly that… something that brings us comfort. It should be something we can eat with a huge smile on our faces. It shouldn’t be something we feel guilty about eating, break our typical diet to have, or makes our stomach uncomfortable.

With that said, one of my absolute favorite comfort foods from the time I was a small child until now is chicken noodle soup πŸ™‚ MMMMM it warms my soul just thinking about it. Now as a kid there was nothing that quite compared to Campbell’s chicken and stars or traditional chicken noodle… As an adult however, I now have actually very little desire to consumer Campbell’s soup. Like at all.

What I DO have the desire for is MY OWN homemade chicken noodle soup πŸ˜€

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Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • shredded chicken
  • 32 oz organic chicken broth
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 cup petite peas
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 3 green onions
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • one bay leaf
  • black pepper and crushed red pepper (for dashes)

Directions:

  1. Chop carrots, celery, spinach, and green onions.
  2. Add all chicken broth, veggies, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, water, and bay leaf to a large pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, low to a simmer and begin to add shredded chicken.
  4. After adding all shredded chicken, allow to simmer 5 minutes; stirring frequently.
  5. Sprinkle a dash of black ground pepper and crushed red pepper.
  6. Simmer for another 5 minutes or until quinoa is cooked and veggies are soft.
  7. Devour

To be honest, this was my first try at making homemade chicken soup on my own and HOLY MACKEREL I was so shocked and impressed with how perfect and amazing it came out. I can definitely say that this will be come a staple in my house. It was quick, easy, delicious, and nutritious! Win win … win win win

And what would a fall comfort food night be without some homemade pumpkin bread to go along with the soup, right? πŸ˜‰  I tried my hand at the gluten-free, nut-free recipe from Danielle Walker and lemme tell you… A+ 

Plus it brought to my attention some real lacking kitchen supplies… Like a loaf pan haha. Hence the cake shaped pumpkin “brea” πŸ˜‰ 

http://againstallgrain.com/2013/10/01/gluten-free-pumpkin-bread/

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Sometimes, you just need an already tried and tested recipe to go off of because you just want it to come out perfect and because experimenting with one recipe was enough for the night haha.

Comfort food does not have to ruin your lifestyle or diet in order to be comforting. Comfort food simply has to be the type of thing that you want to share with everyone you love… So here I am, sharing with all you wonderful people πŸ™‚

ENJOY!

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