Monthly Archives: December 2016

Comfort Meals I’ve Fallen in Love With…

With the colder weather coming and being pregnant with a baby in the oven, all I want to do with my free time is cook and try all kinds of new recipes.  I thought I would share a couple of my new favourites that are easy to make, healthy and taste delicious!

  1. Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup

10 cups chicken broth (I used low sodium)
1 onion, chopped
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup sliced carrots
1/4 cup sliced parsley
12/ tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
3/4 lb of chicken, cut into cubes
2 cups cooked rice
2 tbsp lime juice

Prep 20 min, Cook 25 min, Ready in 45 min

Combine chicken broth, onion, celery, carrots, parsley, pepper, thyme and bay leaf in a Dutch oven (or large pot), bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until the onion and celery begin to soften, 10-15 minutes. Stir chicken into the simmering broth; cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle, 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir rice and lime juice into broth; cook and stir just until rice is hot and grains seperate, about 1 minute.

2. Beef Stew

Jennifer's Burgundy Beef Stew

1 slice bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/12 lbs or beef chunks
2 cups low sodium beef stock
1 cup dry red/burgundy wine
4 carrots, cut into chunks
1 lb potatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, cut into chunks
1 tsp dried marjoram
3/4 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Prep 20 min, Cook 1 hr 40 min, Ready in 2 hrs


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon to a paper towel, retaining drippings in skillet. Pour olive oil into reserved bacon drippings.
  2. Pour flour into a large sealable plastic bag, add the beef, seal and shake to coat meat with flour. Cook and stir beef in the bacon drippings mixture until browned on all sides, 7-10 minutes.
  3. Crumble the bacon and add to the skillet. Pour beef stock and wine over the beef mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beef is tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Stir carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic, onion, marjoram, thyme and salt and pepper into the beef mixture; continue cooking at a simmer until the vegetable are tender, 20-30 minutes.

3 Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken - Let the crockpot do all of the work in the easiest dish of all time. Simply throw everything in with 5 min prep. That's it!

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 bone in, skin on chicken breasts
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, brown sugar and garlic; set aside.
2. Season chicken breasts with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
3. Place chicken breasts into 6 qt crockpot.  Stir in balsamic vinegar mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours, reaching an internal temperate of 165F.
4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired *

*I usually serve this with grilled veggies or a big salad. My husband likes to have rice with his…

I always love cooking in bulk so that I have a few meals ready my husband and I for the week.  Give these a try and let me know what you think.  I am always looking for new recipes so please share some of your (easy to make) favourites.

Happy cooking!


Les 🙂