soup for the husband’s soul.

by Janetha on May 15, 2012

in recipes

i made a video in reply to all the concerned comments i got about my new eating plan with the fitmixer bootcamp. if you care at all about that, watch the video. a LOT of you don’t care, which is great. and normal.. since what i eat has nothing to do with our friendship.. ha. so if you aren’t interested, skip on down to the post under the vid!

i did have a different post planned today, but to be honest–it’s been a very trying day.

i had a very hard day at work. we had to make some big decisions, we had some important meetings, and i had to take care of a lot of things that resulted from all this. it was overwhelming and challenging for me today and will continue to be for a number of weeks, i presume.  to top it off, my AC in my office broke and it was a stuffy, windowless office at 80 degrees all day. ick. when things are so mind-draining at my actual job, it leaves little energy for me to pour into this blog of mine. i am sure you understand. work comes before hobbies.

and you know what else comes before hobbies (and this blog)? marshall. the poor guy woke up VERY sick. thanks to me.. yep, i passed my bug along to him. sad.

so instead of writing up the post i had planned (it was about washing my face, by the way, and i will write it soon) or talking more about meal plans or calories (because in the long run none of that crap even MATTERS and i was way sick of even thinking about that by the end of today so i am glad i filmed that video this morning–because honestly? who gives a shit! there are more important things in life than discussing my meal plan.) i am leaving you with this soup recipe that i made for my sick guy tonight.

we both needed a second helping, we are a couple of sickies. even though i am now on the mend, i still find comfort in chicken noodle soup. who doesn’t?!

creamy chicken noodle soup
makes six large servings or eight small servings

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  • 16 oz chicken breast
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 oz baby carrots, diced
  • 8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh herbs (i used sage, rosemary, and thyme–but will be omitting the rosemary next time because marshall informed me his soup tasted like a christmas tree. oops! noted. i liked the rosemary but it’s not for everyone!)
  • 1 TB dried basil
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste (about 1 tsp of each for me!)
  • 4 oz wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
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  1. put chicken and broth in a large pot and bring to a boil. let chicken cook through, then remove chicken from broth.
  2. meanwhile, dice the veggies.
  3. once you have removed the cooked chicken from the broth, add the veggies and bring to a boil for about 15 minutes–carrots should be soft but not completely done.
  4. meanwhile, shred the cooked chicken with two forks.
  5. add herbs (i left them on the stems) and seasonings and stir.
  6. add noodles and water, bring to a boil.
  7. when noodles have cooked through, add evaporated milk and shredded chicken to the soup.
  8. season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  9. remove bay leaves and sprigs of fresh herbs before serving.
  10. serve with toast–preferably sourdough in our house!
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it will make you feel better if you are sick.
so will your basset hound.
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check ya later, alligators.

xo. janetha g.

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Ananda May 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I’ve gotta jump on the ‘what are you thinking?’ bandcamp. Your metabolism is a fire and you want to keep it stoked! That means not cutting back to the absolute bare minimum in calories. You might want to consider just making a few tweaks to your already admirable diet. Just cut back on the cereal and ice cream, if the way you look is bothering you! Honestly, it seems like you are in this (heathy eating/strong body) for the long haul and so this ‘quick fix’ solution seems a little out of character. Still wishing you all the best and enjoy reading your blog.

Susan May 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I can’t believe it’s only been a little over a week since I saw you! I miss you already! Anyways, at the risk of sounding like the hippie I seem to be turning into, 1350 calories a day temporarily really isn’t going to hurt you. Stressing about life will. You obviously already know that what with the chicken soup and Randy Dog cuddling.

P.S. I am jealous of Marshall’s flowing locks.

Lee May 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I really related to a lot of things you said in your video. I feel like whenever bloggers say they want to lose any amount of weight, especially if they’re not technically overweight, there’s a huge backlash.

BroccoliHut May 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for posting the video! I am glad to hear that you’re working closely with an RD throughout the boot camp process. I am sure she plugged your stats in to an energy estimate equation, and she’ll modify it later on to suit your needs if 1350 is too low. As a fellow blogger, I know I am always careful about mentioning weight because of the potential for negative comments. You’re awesome for addressing the issue head-on and being so candid.
Hope you feel better!

Candice RD May 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I love reading all the comments – I’m the crazy fitmixer RD with the calorie level :) Janetha is beautiful in every way possible and this boot camp is about keeping it real, loving yourself and getting your booty in shape at the same time! Janetha is super smart and could never be fooled by a diet gimmick. It’s not about a diet, it’s about a lifestyle.

cookie May 17, 2012 at 4:45 am

That soup looks delicious. I think I’m gonna try without being sick ;). I’m gonna leave out the celery though. I hate celery.

nat@thesweetslife May 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

gonna be honest–i didn’t watch your video, but somehow i’m thinking you’re okay with that…. :)

you’re great janetha, keep it up!

Aly November 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Could I make this then put it in the crock pot after its all done? Or would that make for mushy noodles and veggies?

Janetha November 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

You could! Just leave out the noodles and put them in the crock pot about 20-30 minutes before you are ready to eat. You could cook the whole thing in the crock pot, if you’d like!

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