Some days feeding myself and my family feels like an episode of Chopped. Sometimes the basket ingredients are containers of mystery leftovers from the freezer that I’m trying to repurpose. Some days the ingredients are the problem and some days it’s the clock- proteins aren’t defrosting, I’m running late from work, Carver has to go back into work and we need to be finishing dinner when we usually start it… I’m not a huge fan of those issues. Granted some days it goes off without a hitch and dinner is delicious, we have time to eat and play with Charlie, we decompress and even get the dishes done. Totally not the majority of the time, no matter how hard I wish.
These hodge podge meals tend to fall down into three categories- stellar, acceptable, never again. These meals drive Carver crazy because I can never remember exactly what I did so recreating the good ones is problematic.
Also problematic? I’m not feeling inspired by food. More dishes than not these days have been acceptable which is very frustrating. I’m sure the exhaustion has taken over and is to blame for a fair portion of this. Also the bibs and toys and bags that are scattered about the house seemingly minutes after we’ve put them away. To get out of this little rut we are trying two things- rebooting our activity and trying to mix things up in the kitchen courtesy of DALS and her dinner game plan. First up is a chicken and vegetable soup with pastina.
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1/2-1 pound chicken breast, boneless skinless
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 carrot, dived
- 1 celery stalk, diced
- 1 cup mixed veggies
- 1/4 cup pastina
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese
- Poach chicken breast until cooked through. Shreds meat and set aside.
- In the same pan cook down onion, carrot and celery until soft and translucent.
- Add broth, herbs, chicken, pasta and remaining veggies. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Top with Parmesan cheese, season to taste.