Sunday, September 6

Homemade Chicken Soup for the Sick

I have joined the ranks of the sick. Again. Ugh. I figured chicken soup would make a good lunch, but really had no desire to defrost chicken or chop vegetables all morning. They say necessity is the mother of invention. I say lazy people come up with the most efficient way to do things. Actually, that’s not even mine. I stole it from Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr., professional motion-study expert.

Meanwhile, here’s a good-for-you meal that’s still manageable, even when getting out of bed is a struggle. This recipe is based on what I have on hand in my kitchen. If your staples are a bit different, by all means, substitute whatever makes it easiest for you!

1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves (or 1 T minced)
2 t oil
½ lb frozen mixed veggies (about 1½ c)
½ c dry brown rice
½ t oregano
½ t sage
salt and pepper to taste
1 bay leaf
5 c water
2 bullion cubes
1 frozen chicken breast (about ½ lb)
  1. Chop onion and mince garlic.
  2. Sauté in oil until soft (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add frozen veggies and rice. Cook until veggies have melted.
  4. Season and add water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add bullion cubes and frozen chicken breast.
  6. Simmer for 1-1½ hours, stirring occasionally, and adding more water if necessary.
  7. Use spoon to break up chicken breast into bite-size pieces before serving.


  1. Sorry you are sick again but this sounds great!

  2. Thanks! I'm feeling a little better today ... just enough to be cranky about everything.

  3. Great recipe. I'll have to try it next time I don't want to get off the couch. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

  4. Amy :(

    I am so sorry to hear of your illness, again. It stinks to be sick and pregnant! I will offer this unasked for bit of advice. And I only offer it in the most dire of circumstances. But the year Mary was born (background for those readers who think I am just a germaphobe - Mary had heart surgery at 6 days old), we put hand sanitizer on every level of the house, in both our cars and in the diaper bag. WE all used it religiously. If soemone came in the house, it was by the front door, and they were instruted to use it (twice). When we got in the car after being in a public place, we all used it. We used it a lot. None of the adults or older children got sick that year. We aren't doing that this year. But it did its job when needed. Maybe you need it, too?

    Ugh. Hang in there. I will pray.

  5. Anna, thanks. Let me know how your soup turns out!

    Gabi, we have a bottle or two around, but we haven't been using them religiously at all. Maybe it would be a good idea to start. Rosi would love you forever if we told her you suggested using lots of "soap" every day!


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