Wednesday, April 01, 2009

About Nothing Much

I am in the middle of cooking a very gourmet lunch: La Vida Dulce's Secret Recipe Chicken Noodle Soup.

The recipe is very fancy, and I don't like to share it because the process is top secret. Nobody has this recipe because its kept in the steel trap within my mind. 

So really, its all but inaccessible on any given day.

However, I am going to share it with you because I love to reward my La Vida Gals (and those two guys that read from time to time) with bits of information that you already thought of yourself.

Just keep it, you know, between you and me, and anybody with access to the world wide web. 

How did the Secret Recipe Chicken Noodle Soup recipe come to be? 

Well, I have two children who love soup. 


Back up the mini-van.

I have two children who love to eat noodles with chicken broth

There came a day, years ago, when I opened up a can of that red labeled soup we all grew up on, and it had those all familiar noodles, but it also had unidentifiable chunks floating in it that the kids refused to consume. 

I tried to convince them that those same bits of mystery meat were, in fact, the same ones they eat at McDonalds (sans the deep fried breading and order of fries, of course) but they would not believe me, no matter how much I persuaded.

Those smart people at Campbell's also make a double noodle soup that they claim is plain. Just chicken flavored broth (what is that anyway? Is it chicken broth or not?) and noodles. But my kids were hip on those microscopic bits of crushed up carrots hidden in midst. 

Have you ever tried to pick out carrot bits from a bowl full of noodles? It was like I was there all freaking day just picking, and picking!!!!!!

(deep breath)

Cleary, I take issue.  For heavens sake, I just want to fee my kids some lunch, and then kick them outside.

So this was how the Secret Recipe Chicken Noodle Soup recipe came to be born.

I hope you enjoy it.

The La Vida Dulce, Secret Recipe Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

5 cups of water (you could go all Fiji or Evian if you want, and make it an international dish, but tap works for me)

4 tsp of Knorr Chicken Bouillon 

1.5 cups cubed chicken breast (In the past I used leftover grilled chicken, but recently on the advice of Mer I have started boiling a bunch of chicken breast once a month and chopping it up, and freezing it in recipe portions.)

Half a package of Spaghetti, broken into 2.75 inch pieces. (This is a very important part. Admittedly, it takes a little time to measure, but each noodle must be exactly two and three-quarters inches to let the flavor of the pasta out.

Just kidding! April Fools! 

Ok, bring water and bouillon to a boil, throw in chicken and spaghetti. If I am also eating soup I will ladle the kids bowls first, then throw in a handful of frozen veggies, because I don't like to eat my afternoon bon bon's until I've had my veggies first.

If you serve it to the kids with a pickle than you can check "served them veggies" off your list and take the next step in your day!

All right, my soup is ready, gotta go!

La Vida Dulce!


Carpoolqueen said...

I love simple. And my kids love soup. Our recipe here is very simple as well.

Boil water. Put in Ramen. Shake in pack.

The end.

Anonymous said...

I love recipe posts! And the mental image of you picking out the carrot bits? Wowza. You're a good mom, Charlie Brown.

Gretchen said...

So...are you of those folks who has to have divided plates at pot lucks so food doesn't touch? Or are you raising said folk?

Just wonderin'.

Your dish sounds delect...and it's already international, for Knorrs is Dutch, I do believe.

Gotta go cut some spaghetti noodles to specification. Wouldn't want the flavah to run out.

Shelley @ My Treasure Hunt said...

That sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

Tiffani said...

this sounds soo yummy!!

My kids like Ramen (I hate all the sodium) but indeed I feed it to them.

So, this is will be a great one to make!

I just left you a twitter post saying how much I hate lunchtime!! Although, I think we've talked about this before...anyway, I'm happy to have something new to try..OH, and I lurve "hot" lunches at homeschool!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

That sounds great...and easy...and fairly inexpensive too.

I make a similar chicken soup, and add a can of Rotel tomatoes for some kick. But I do what you do and add it AFTER my kids have gotten their portion. They freak out about tomatoes.

Michele said...

Sounds good! I'm a little bit picky (just like my kids) so I bet I'll like it!

Mrs. Moofish said...

You are a truly funny gal, my friend! I was LOL!

Michele said...

I am a big soup girl myself minus mystery meat, so I am very excited about this recipe. Thank you so very much for sharing! I can't wait to serve it to my family.

meh said...

SO funny! I was actually sitting there thinking, wow, I haven't heard that about pasta... Oh, I need some chocolate and it is only 9:21 AM! Good recipe!

Anonymous said...

lol love the April's fools joke :-) The recipe sounds delicious!