Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Week of Cabbage Soup


I always enjoy the challenge of using my farmshare veggies in fun, creative ways, even if it means eating those veggies that I'm not so much a fan of. This week turned into the week of cabbage soup. John found a recipe that used, yes, an entire cabbage. I was not a huge fan of this idea (I found myself secretly wanting to toss the cabbage in the trash and forget about it!), but since John found the recipe and everything, we just had to try it out. We ate it with lot of rolls and butter!

There are two good things about this recipe:
1. It makes a heck of a lot of soup for not a lot of $$.
2. It tastes even more flavorful the next day and could easily be frozen for leftovers later if you don't need that much soup all at once.

This recipe is from allrecipes.com. I changed the cooking methods significantly from theirs, however, to add a little more flavor. The original had you boiling the chicken and all the veggies in the stock instead of sauteing them... Maybe I just have a thing against boiling chicken?? :) Below is my take on the recipe. (Pic from allrecipes.com!).

Thai Chicken Cabbage Soup

-3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into small pieces.
-8 cups chicken broth
-2 cloves of garlic, diced
-2 small onions, diced
-6 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
-1 medium head cabbage, shredded
-1 (8 ounce) package uncooked egg noodles
-1 teaspoon Thai chile sauce

Directions:
1. Cook chicken in oil in a stock pot until cooked through. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, cook onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
2. Add carrots and cook 5 minutes.
3. Add Stock, egg noodles, and cabbage. Cook 5 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
4. Add chicken and chile sauce to soup and simmer 5 more minutes.
5. Serve with extra Thai chili sauce and hot sauce as desired in each bowl.


PS. In other news. It's the beginning of February, which means I started my tomato, pepper, broccoli, basil and thyme seeds on my window sill! I also am trying another new flower, snap dragons. We will see if I can even get them to sprout! ;) I get nervous when the seeds so small that they are practically invisible!

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