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Friday, November 21, 2008

recipe of the week: chicken and wild rice soup

again... no picture included, but i did get my camera back, so the return of pictures is coming!

i ate a soup like this a few weeks back and it was so yummy i decided i needed to create my own! mmm....

chicken and wild rice soup
6 servings

1 cup sliced carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
½ a medium onion, chopped
2 ½ cups chicken broth
2 cups skim milk
1 ½ cups water
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded (cut into pieces then boiled in 1 ½ cups broth, 1 clove garlic and 1 bay leaf, then shredded)
1 box rice a roni wild rice, cooked as per directions but with no butter ($0.98 @ my walmart)
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup whole wheat flour, for thickening

1. in a large pot, sautee carrots, onion and garlic until onions are tender.
2. add milk, water, chicken broth, and seasonings. bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
3. whisk in flour very slowly, a little bit at a time so it doesn't get clumpy. use less than 1/4 cup if you like it thinner.
4. add wild rice, chicken and spinach and cook 5 more minutes (or long enough to heat chicken and rice through if you made them in advance and they are cold).

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healthy cooking on a budget

disclaimer: i don't claim to be an expert on cooking, weight loss or even healthy eating, but i do love to cook, find healthy, taste bud-friendly tricks and most of all, i love to eat!

qualifications: what qualifies me to blog on cooking healthy on a small budget? well, as my husband is still a student, my budget is not what you'd call large. and as for the healthy part, when i was 10 i was diagnosed with pancreatitus - a disease that doesn't effect me much anymore unless i eat food that is too greasy or has too much fat (in which case, well, let's just say i get really sick). this had steered my experience and limited cooking expertise in a health-conscious direction.

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