Beef Soup

I love cooking, and I have promised to post some of my recipes.

This is something my mama used to make us every winter. I love it so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 parsnips
  • 4 potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 pound of stewing beef, or any type of beef
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp orageno
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves

This recipe serves about 12, which works for me because I live with four other people. Make some adjustments if needed.

I cook this in my crock pot, and I’m able to cook everything inside the pot of the crock pot. If anything you might need to use another pot to cook everything in.

Directions

  1. Peel and wash the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
  2. Next slice them into smaller pieces.
  3. Wash and slice celery, onions, and garlic.
  4. Cut the beef into smaller pieces.
  5. Heat up the crock pot, or cooking pot on medium-heat. When hot enough, begin browning the beef. Add a bit of salt and pepper
  6. When it’s no longer pink, add the onions, and garlic
  7. Let that cook for five minutes.
  8. Add celery and let that cook for another three minutes.
  9. Add carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, let that cook for five minutes.
  10. Add the spices, and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. I actually use 4 beef bouillons, and eight cups of water. Although I add the water first, and let it get hot, before adding the cubes.
  12. Give it a taste test, and sure you are satisfied.
  13. Add in your bay leaves.
  14. I would recommend that you let it cook on low for at least six hours, you can even do eight, or ten hours, if you have the time. Although if you are pressed for time, you can cook on high for four hours.
  15. Once done, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately!

Chicken Noodle Soup

My roommate, who is my boyfriend’s friend asked me to make us chicken noodle soup, because he loves when I make it. And who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup?! My ingredients make about 10 servings, so you can increase or decrease your ingredients.

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts (or more depending on how many people there are), although you can make this with any type of chicken (thighs, leftover rotisserie chicken)

2 onions

6 carrots

6 potatoes

4 stalks of celery

Garlic

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 tsp Oregano

Basil leaves

Bay leaves

1 tsp Parsley

Chicken bouillon cubes and water or chicken broth

Rotini pasta noodles

Ingredients are ready to go!

Directions

  1. Peel the carrots and potatoes
  2. Wash and cut them. I cut my potatoes in eighths, and my Grandma taught me to slice carrots on angle, so the sugars stay in tact.
  3. Thoroughly rinse your celery, and begin chopping into small pieces.
  4. Begin dicing the onions. My tip is after you remove the outer skin, I like to run it under cold water before slicing it. I feel like that prevents your eyes from watering.
  5. After that I begin cutting my chicken, although others may have their own methods of slicing and cooking the chicken.
  6. I begin heating up my crock pot. When heated, I add olive oil and wait a few minutes to add the chicken. Once the oil is hot enough, I place the chicken in my crock pot. I then season it with salt and pepper.
  7. When it is no longer pink, I add the onions and garlic.
  8. Once the onions and garlic become fragrant, I add the celery. Be sure to move everything around after you added a new ingredient.
  9. I begin adding in all of my spices (except for the bay leaves).
  10. I add the potatoes and carrots, and let that cook for a few minutes
  11. Add in the water. I use six cubes of chicken bouillon, so I have to add 12 cups of water. Once the water is boiling, I add the cubes.
  12. Once the cubes dissolved, I give everything a final stir, before I add a handful of bay leaves.
  13. I program my crock pot on low for eight hours (or you can even set it on low for five hours, if you are pressed for time), or on high for four hours.
  14. After it has cooked for its programmed time, I add about 2 cups of noodles. I do my final taste test, to ensure the broth is just perfect. Now is the perfect time to make any adjustments. If you added too much salt, you can add a few drops of lemon juice, or a couple of squeezes of a lemon in the soup. Or if you feel like there isn’t enough spices, feel free to add more. The acidity of the lemon removes the salty taste. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
  15. After the 30 minutes are up, it is ready to go.
  16. Discard the bay leaves.
  17. Serve with some dinner rolls or crackers, if desired.
Cooking up the chicken, celery, onions and garlic.
Carrots, potatoes and spices are added! Picture before the broth is prepped.
The final product after our first serving.
My scrumptious bowl of soup!

Sandwich

Two days ago my boyfriend’s mama bought us a sandwich from a local sandwich shop.

It was so good. My toppings were butter, slices of ham, carrots, parsnip and hot peppers. I loved it.

Garlic Chicken Noodle Soup

Since I’ve been sick I have been adding more soups into my day as well as teas.

My boyfriend made it for me. I chopped the garlic and I found the oregano leaves and salt and pepper.

This soup contained noodles, chicken, carrots and onions.

It tasted even better than the day before I had soup because my boyfriend made it for me.

Thai Chicken

I recently bought this dish from a grocery store and it has chicken, carrots, peppers with rice. My boyfriend and I made this and we paired it with a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Beef Soup

I had bought my boyfriend noodles in a cup for work but I forgot to bring them with me to his place. I will make a note for myself.

It contains beef, noodles, carrots and corn.

It’s delicious. I can’t wait to have one with my boyfriend. 🙂 ❤

Chicken Noodle Soup

I was at my boyfriend’s and I made us soup. We did the grocery shopping together and then split the total; how cute are we? ❤

Anyway we got back from the grocery store and we started chopping up everything – the carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and the chicken.

Mind you we did a lot of things backwards since this is new to us.

We chop up all of our vegetables first. Then we sliced the chicken but whilst we were slicing the chicken we should have been cooking the vegetables – note to self.

We ended up cooking the chicken at the same time as the vegetables and noodles. Which isn’t something I shouldn’t have done.

We let the chicken cook with Olive Oil and then in another frying pan we added butter then waited for it to melt so we can add the potatoes, celery, carrots. I waited awhile to add the onions.

In a medium pot boil water and then add noodles and cook following cooking directions. When cooked, strain the noodles.

In a large pot we poured chicken broth and vegetable broth. We waited for that to boil and then we added everything to this pot and let it simmer.

Fortunately his mama, older brother and younger sister and her boyfriend were home and they got to have soup with us. We got a lot of reviews! Everyone loved it. 🙂 ❤

Cashew Nut Chicken

Today was such an amazing day (well after I finished work of course!). I loved it. My boyfriend is the best. ❤

We met up after I finished work and we had such a joyous time. We had dinner at a Thai restaurant because he knows that I love Thai food. I had the cashew nut chicken it came with rice, carrots, green bell peppers, lettuce and cashews. It was delicious.

Then afterwards we went shopping. I bought books and we did a bit of browsing for another shopping outing. He also bought me a giraffe. It is the cutest giraffe ever. It has a pink bow and everything.

Well, I got a bit sidetracked… But I will be sure to continue the rest of our date for tomorrow’s blog post. I just loved my evening. I wouldn’t want to be with anyone else but him. 🙂 ❤