The Lean Green Bean

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hen Soup

All I wanted to do this afternoon was take a nap.

I never did it.

Instead, I threw together a delicious lunch after I got home from class (which I will share with you tomorrow) and found myself re-energized! As you recall, I made Cornish Game Hens yesterday, and I used the bones to make some stock. I had no real plans for it at the time, but it's always good to have on hand!

This afternoon turned out to be cold and snowy and it seemed like the perfect time to make soup. So I did. Hen Soup!

Here's how it went  down:

I sauteed some carrots, onion and green pepper:

 I tossed in some sweet potato:

I pulled the stock out of the fridge, scooped the little bit of fat at the top, and added to the pot:

I let everything simmer until the potatoes were almost tender. Then I chopped up the leftover meat, and added that too!

 The pot was still looking a little empty so I cooked up some elbow noodles to add:

Then I put the soup away til dinnertime:

When it was time to eat, all I had to do was reheat and add some black pepper:

I added some fresh baby spinach to mine...YUM!

I also sauteed the two chicken breasts I didn't use for the Pad Thai with some pepper and paprika. I added a slice of pepperjack cheese and some spinach and voila! A sandwich for the hubby!

The soup was delicious! The broth had tons of flavor and it was packed with veggies and just the right amount of noodles. I ate two bowls :)

In other news, I tried to make banana bread with whole wheat pastry flour and both loaves are currently sitting at the bottom of the trash can. It ended badly. Live and learn :)



Blogger Mandi said...

That soup looks so hearty and yummy..perfect for these cold days! And an easier soup like this is perfect! Great go-to recipe! I have never made my own stock..I seriously need to do that!

January 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

yeah girl!! give it a try. it couldn't be easier and extra stock is so easy to freeze!! i make veggie and meat varieties

January 6, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger flip flops and pearls said...

I am your newest follower coming to you via the professors Wife!!

I am so excited b/c I am always cooking and looking for new HEALTHY recipes:)

January 6, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

thank you!! so glad she sent you! have fun looking around. check out the recipe tab at the top. it has all the stuff i've made organized by category :) and if you have any requests, send them my way!

January 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Sands said...

Ah man, all I've been wanting lately are naps too! But this soup looks SO delicious!


January 6, 2011 at 11:05 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

thank you! i can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!

January 6, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Meri said...

I think I'm going to have to make a crock of veggie soup this weekend, and just smell it all afternoon while it's cooking and get nice and hungry by the time it's ready!

Thanks for the inspiration ;)

January 6, 2011 at 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

you're welcome! ps...i'm always looking for new veggie recipes to put on the blog so if you have any favorites, send them my way!

January 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

I love that you made your own stock for your soup. I think I could eat a big bowl of soup every single day and never tire of eating it. I love your list of ingredients and I would be throwing a bit of spinach in mine too! Yum!

Sorry about your banana bread! :0(

January 7, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay @ the lean green bean said...

I know what you mean about soup! I love it even when it's warm out! As for the bread...I've got three more bananas and tomorrow's a new day ;)

January 7, 2011 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Yummmy soup! Nothing more comforting than soup, stew or chili this time of year. Sorry to hear about the bread. :( I've totally had to throw away whole batches of baked goods before- its the pits!

January 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger All Things Yummy said...

Looks delicious.
I know how you feel, I tried a new pumpkin bread recipe and right into the trash it went. So sad but I'd rather not waste calories on something yucky.

January 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

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