Hearty Chicken & Jasmine Rice Soup

Hearty Chicken & Jasmine Rice Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is a versatile and delicious dinner, perfect on a snowy day like today, or as the go-to cure for any cold or flu. This recipe utilizes lemon and rice to provide a hearty and wholesome meal for everyone to enjoy.

 

Chicken & Jasmine Rice Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 – 1-1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoons thyme
2 (32-ounce) containers chicken stock
1/2 cup rice
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 lemon, juice of

Directions:

1) Heat large pot and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.

2) Place chicken in pot in single layer, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and cook until no longer pink on the inside.

3) Remove chicken with slotted spoon, leaving juices in pot.

4) Add remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and cook onions, carrots, celery, and garlic until onions are translucent but not yet browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in thyme and cook 30 seconds more.

5) Add chicken stock and turn up heat to medium high.

6) Once pot reaches boil, add rice, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

7) After 15 minutes, check that rice is cooked thoroughly and add chicken back into pot.

8) Turn off heat, add parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and lemon, and serve.

Chicken Strips with Aioli

Chicken Strips with Aioli

Chicken Strips with Aioli

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

6 tbs butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
1 tbs parsley
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 – 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayo
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp parsley

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

2) In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium low heat; as butter starts to melt, add minced garlic into the saucepan.

3) Once butter has melted, remove from heat.

4) In a bowl, combine panko, parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper.

5) Cut breasts into 1 inch thick strips.

6) Coat chicken pieces in garlic butter, completely dredge in panko mixture, and place on prepared baking pan.

7) Sprinkle leftover panko mixture and drizzle leftover melted butter over chicken strips.

8) Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 165F or is no longer pink.

9) While chicken is baking, combine mayo, garlic powder, lemon juice, and parsley to make aioli.

10) Serve chicken alongside the aioli.

Ground Beef Chili

Ground Beef Chili

Because I loathe having to scroll through a loooooong post searching for the recipe, I’ve decided to include all my recipes FIRST. You’re welcome.

 

Ground Beef Chili 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
2 tbs olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green bell peppers, diced
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 32 oz container beef broth
1 large potato, peeled and diced

Directions:

1) Heat large pot over medium heat.

2) Add ground beef and cook until meat is fully browned.

3) Remove meat from pot with slotted spoon and transfer it to a bowl, keeping the leftover fat in the pot.

4) Reduce heat to medium low and add onions, garlic, bell peppers, spices, and seasonings to the pot.

5) Cook until the onions are translucent and bell peppers are tender, about 5 minutes.

6) Add tomatoes (do not drain), diced potatoes, broth, and meat to the pot and turn the heat up to high.

7) When the chili reaches a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for an hour.

6 Months With Lily!

6 Months With Lily!

Our little girl turned 6 months old on Christmas Eve Eve, and we couldn’t be happier to spend every day with such a sweet baby! These last few months have brought so much joy and more love than we ever imagined to our lives, and we love watching her grow! Recently she has grown by leaps and bounds, showing her spunky personality and total fascination in everything (especially things that make a crunchy noise!). She loves oatmeal and applesauce, but could definitely live without sweet potatoes. She loves to roll, but doesn’t like getting stuck on her belly. She likes her pacifier, but prefers to chew on her hand instead. We are seeing her develop more and more everyday, and we absolutely love it! We are so looking forward to seeing her learn more in the weeks and months to come!

Life With Lily

Life With Lily

I want to start off by saying that Nick and I consider ourselves very, very blessed! Ever since Lily graced her way into our lives, we say it even more. We are so blessed. She’s the sweetest little bundle of pure joy and we love her to the moon and back. We like to say she fits into our lives like a puzzle piece we didn’t know was missing – she’s such a perfect addition to our family!

I learned something a year or two ago that I’ve really had to be intentional about; the realization that people’s lives are not exactly what you see on social media. I heard it from listening to one of my favorite pastors, and though it wasn’t earth-shattering, it left me thinking and dwelling on the concept; what one sees on social media is what one chooses to reveal, and there’s a whole life behind the screen that someone is living. Sometimes it’s not all bliss. I’m not saying this is a bad thing entirely – it’s good to share in one’s successes and joys, but a lot of the time the things we see and post can really mislead people.