This weekend, the Princess Family stayed quite busy. We love to be busy and we love to live life to the fullest. So Saturday we were gone all day for the March Against Monsanto. Sunday, even though we were exhausted, had a ton to do and really didn’t need to go out again, we decided to head to a local state park. This park is very near and dear to us. Princess Daddy took me there for many a date before our wedding and before kids. When I suffered my first miscarriage, there was nothing more I wanted to do than be in nature so this park was our choice. It’s perfect in the fall, so many trails to hike along with amazing views or even a drive up into the bluffs if athletics isn’t your thing. It is our dream to camp there some day or stay in one of their cottages (or both!) because we just love this place that much. (Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois)
Anyway, knowing we’d be gone all day and knowing we were beating the odds and taking three young kids hiking of all things, we decided to start dinner in the crockpot. Boy was it ever an amazing idea! We decided on soup. For the base of the soup, I used inspiration I found in a book on adrenal health. This book claims that this recipe:
- Balances your body’s acidity
- Has a calming, settling effect
- Combines body chemistry benefits with nutrition
I mean with those kind of benefits, who wouldn’t want to try it? We did change things up quite a bit but made sure to include all the ingredients that claimed such great response. The dashes of spices at the end were for flavor and the chicken and carrots were extras we added in because we like them. The noodles were pretty much just for fun but they added great texture. I was going for a chicken noodle type soup but it definitely had a tomato base and far more vegetables than planned.
I jokingly call this my “Friends” soup because of the episode where Joey is auditioning for a commercial… “Mmm, soup… I mean noodle soup… I mean soup. DANG IT!” Because really, I’m not sure what to call it. Once completely, Princess Daddy thought it was very minestrone like. So maybe that’s what we made? Who knows? All I can say is that IT IS GOOOOOOODDD!
4-6 frozen chicken tenders
1-2 cups green beans
1-2 cups celery
1/2 biggish zucchini
2 cups tomato juice (NOT soup)
2 cups filtered water (we used tap this time since we don’t have our pretty new fridge with filter yet, grrrr Best Buy!)
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp paprika
A dash each of basil, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, garlic herb Mrs. Dash, and a traditional season salt.
1 1/2 cups brown rice pasta noodles (we selected rotini style and decided on gluten free noodles. This would easily work with whatever pasta you choose.)
Mix everything together except the pasta and final dashes of seasoning in the crockpot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8ish hours. About 30 minutes before you are ready to eat, add the extra dashes and uncooked pasta. Continue cooking on low until pasta is soft and ready to serve.
As you can see, we ate this with mozzarella and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches. You could definitely get fancier with the garnish and sides. We just forget to think that far ahead.
What do you think?
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