A Tale of Two Soup Pots

Has a nice literary ring to it, doesn’t it?! 😉  One Chicken, One Chickesque.  I think I’ve just created a new word…I like it!

Poor Ralph has been sick with a cold.  Fortunately, he had an already scheduled visit with the family doctor on Monday which helped him to know what to take.  However, I thought I’d go back to an old basic.  Something I’m not sure I’ve ever made…chicken soup.  I’ve made turkey soup lots of time, but can’t remember making chicken before.  First time for everything.  But of course, I need to eat to, so….Double the Pots, Double the fun.

My soup on the left, Ralph’s on the right.  Both started with a generous spray of olive oil spray.  Onions and garlic for me, onions and a mostly still frozen chicken breast for Ralph.

Things continued with carrots and celery for both pots.  Several times over the last few months, I’ve cooked a chicken breast for Ralph in my small crock pot. Both times, I saved and froze the stock that came from cooking the chicken.  I scraped off the chicken fat and added the juices to his pot.  I also used 4 low sodium chicken bullion cubes put in water and then the microwave.  Added that to Ralph’s pot.

Mine got this addition…

This is a wonderful soup/seasoning mix that I actually found at the Christmas Tree Shoppe!  They have the most unique food items there.  It’s been in the cupboard for quite a while but I hadn’t opened it.  I used it the other night in one of my veggie combos.  It worked great for this soup!  By the way, the measuring cup is dirty because I used it to mix the broth.  Trying to be creative with my photos…

My chickenesque portion of the soup came from Morningstar Farms chick’n strips.  Wish they still made the beef version… 😦

I added brown rice to my soup to cook for a bit before adding in the chickenesque.  I shredded up the chicken in Ralph’s soup. I cooked noodles separately to add to his soup.  Oh yes, I also added corn to his…well because he likes corn!

The finished products…

You can’t really see the rice in mine but you can certainly see Ralph’s noodles!  I tasted mine and I think it’s going to make a great dinner!  Ralph has been sleeping to try to get rid of his cold (he didn’t have a good night’s sleep) so he doesn’t even know what he has to look forward to!!  I hope he likes it.  Even with doing both soups, it really wasn’t all that time-consuming. I was proud of myself for getting them to finish at just about the same time AND getting all of the photos without dropping the camera in one of the pots!! 😉

Oh, yes…while I was making the soups…

I had red beans cooking in the crock pot!  I’ve got a few ideas of some ways to use these.  Can’t wait to try them!

Hopefully, Ralph’s chicken soup does the trick and he’s feeling better soon.  It would make Mom and Grandmom proud!!!

Happy Thursday!!

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8 responses to “A Tale of Two Soup Pots

  1. they both look wonderful! This time of year is so good because you can have soup, soup and more soup! I have WW veggie soup for lunch today!

  2. this season just cries out for soup!! and, if you have a cold, it just hits the spot (hope ralph feels better; i have had a runny nose and sore throat this week). great work on your homemade soups, fran – enjoy!
    i NEEDED soup yesterday and it was valumart’s hot lunch bar to the rescue – delicious!

  3. How cool that you made his and hers soups! Ralph is lucky that you make him meat dishes even if you don’t eat them yourself. That’s true love!

  4. I swear by chicken soup (with plenty of garlic). Another great addition is ginger. Hope Ralph gets better soon 🙂

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