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

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/231291/hearty-chicken-and-rice-soup/

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/230331/jennifers-burgundy-beef-stew/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%202

Ingredients:
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

Directions:

  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!

http://damndelicious.net/2015/08/14/slow-cooker-balsamic-chicken/

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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 🙂

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