Monday, April 20, 2009

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This week, I thought I'd concentrate on comfort foods. The first one that came to mind was homemade chicken noodle soup. Not only was this perfect for me but also for my daughter - Lily. Some of you may know that she just had surgery last Friday, and this is Monday, and she's still trying to recover from the whole experience.

The surgery went well - the doctor assured us that all abnormal pre-cancerous cells had been removed. I thank God and all who had her in their prayers and good thoughts. I think the hard part was trying to come out of the anesthisia afterwards. She opened her eyes and had a panic attack. The doctors checked her vitals immediately because she kept saying something was wrong with her chest and she started hyper-ventilating. All of her vitals were fine. She just panicked. We've spent the last few days trying to keep her calm and help get stronger as her body eliminates the last of the anesthesia. My baby girl is a tiny little thing. She's 5 foot one inch and weighs 92 pounds. Oh, she can eat like a horse, but her body chemistry burns it all off. She's a type A personality.

So, it's comfort food this week. Nothing fancy - nothing difficult. Just tasty, delicious, filling and nourishing.

All good and natural ingredients. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you wonderful and loving foodie friends in the blogosphere that extended good wishes to my daughter. She's the joy of my life, just as her brother, my darling Mikey is the light of my life. No, I'm not leaving my honey Bob out of the picture. Bob is the love of my life. You guys, my best friends in the foodie world are my family. I love you all and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

2 large chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth
4 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 small onion, sliced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 cup stewed tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin
sea salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno peppers
1 cup wide egg noodles

Drizzle olive oil and season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove and allow to cool.

In a large soup pot, heat tablespoons olive oil and saute onions, carrots and celery for 5 minutes.
Add the chicken soup stock and enough water to fill pot 2/3 full. Add tomatoes. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer while the chicken roasts in the oven.

Cut cooled chicken into semi-large bite size pieces and add to soup. Add noodles and simmer for 15 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


Mommy's Kitchen said...

Teresa that looks so good. I am a sucker for a great bowl of soup.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Teresa, welcome back after yur vacation... lotsa veggies and chicken, the soup is definitely a comforting food for this time of the yr...

ARLENE said...

Teresa, thank God your Lily is recovering well. I'm sure chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered. I feel cheated! I'm a Type A, too, but my metabolism sure doesn't burn like Lily's and never did, LOL.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Teresa, I'm so glad your precious Lily is doing well. I know how worried you were. Homemade chicken soup is a very wonderful healing soup because there's so much of your love in it. Hugs. :)

Happy cook said...

Good to hear your daughter is doing fine and the chicken soup is a real comforting food to give her. 96pound she is realy tiny isn't she.Wish i had the metabilism of lilly :-)

Gloria Chadwick said...

Hi Sweetie. Just came back to let you know I have something for you on my blog. :)

Reeni♥ said...

Chicken soup is soothing for the body, mind and soul. My prayers are with your daughter and hugs for you.

Foodycat said...

I am so pleased the surgery went OK - and that soup will make her feel so much better! It looks life-enhancing.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I am glad to hear that your daughter is doing well. What a scary experience in so many ways...Chicken soup is good for all of them!!!

Jenn said...

Neither one of your kids comes out of anesthesia well! Lots of love to all of you.

Jenn said...

And wait, I get no mentions at all?!?! To think, I'm the one the picks out your presents on behalf of your son, too! :)

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