How does that saying go?
The road to hell is paved with… No. That’s not the one.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the… No. That’s not it either.
Want to make God laugh; tell him/her you plans. That’s it!
Or… The best laid plans of mice and me often go awry. That’s it, too!
Which reminds me, I really have to read that book. I heard it’s a good one. And I used to live in Monterey, too.
It’s right next door to Salinas.
Where Steinbeck is from.
Am I going off on a tangent, again? Whoops! Sorry.
So, back to best laid plans… Yeah, I had plans. Nice plans. Simple plans. A nice little post planned.
Then… The Little Man got sick. Again! Seriously?!?! I hate this stuff.
But, it was ok because the Big Man was going to take care of him while I did work and worked on the blog. My plan was to write a post today that is going to go up tomorrow. (So, that means as you read this, I was writing yesterday. Does that make sense? I sure hope so.)
HA! HA! HA!
I woke up this morning (yesterday to you) with the same crud. Blech!
And, I all of a sudden had no energy to work, let alone write the post I had planned. I couldn’t even remember my story that I wanted to write about or anything.
All I wanted was some hearty, get me healthy – NOW – soup.
So, I took some chicken out of the freezer. (I try to keep stocked up on Costco organic chicken. It comes two breasts per plastic package, and three of those are hooked together. Inexpensive compared to the “other” place. And always handy.) I tossed two of the packs in some water to thaw.
While the chicken was thawing I chopped up a bunch of veggies I don’t normally like but were on hand because we got them in the CSA box. Figured I could get some good nutrition that way.
As I was doing this, I thought, “This will make a good recipe because it smells pretty good.”
It’s one of those recipes that you really can’t go wrong with, and you can adjust it to whatever you have.
So, that is what you are getting today. Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Soup. Use any veggies you want. You can even adjust this to vegan, if you so choose. (I’ll make notes.) And, if you are like some of my blogging friends and have your veggie mixes already to go in the freezer, this can even take less time and just be for when you don’t want to worry about dinner.
I promise my other post will be appearing soon. I just have to remember that darn story. If you haven’t noticed yet, I like to write stories. I don’t know if that is obvious or anything.
Yeah, I can also be sarcastic. Don’t know how well that comes across in writing, though.
Hearty, Healthy, Slow Cooker Soup or
Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink, Make-You-Feel-Better-NOW, Soup
- 4 – medium Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (If you want vegan, use 3 – 14 oz. cans or 2 cups dry of your favorite beans.)
- 1 – 14oz. can diced Tomatoes
- 1 – 14 oz. can Tomato Sauce
- 1 – chopped Onion
- 5 – Garlic Cloves
- 2 – tbsp Dried Basil
- 1 – tbsp Dried Oregano
- 1 – tbsp Dried Thyme
- 1 – tbsp Dried Sage
- 2 – Bay Leaves
- 4 – 6 cups chopped Veggies (Choose your favorites or least-favorites-but-you-know-you-should-eat-them veggies. The flavors of the tomatoes and spices take over.)
- 3 – cups chopped Potatoes
- 3 – cups Chicken Broth (Or if you are vegan, use veggie broth.)
- Put everything into the slow cooker and set it on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 – 9 hours.
- Ladle out and enjoy!
Note: I have a large 6 quart slow cooker, so if you have a smaller one, you might want to halve everything.
OK. I am off to sniffle and complain. *Cough* *Cough* *Sniff*
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
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PPS – I have linked this to Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free for August 2011. The theme is Dishes So Simple, No Recipe Required.