You might ask what desk organizing and soup have in common? well, not really anything unless you make soup while you are organizing your desk which is what I began early this morning.
Yes, it is the new year and one thinks of better ways to get organized….but that is not the reason I am organizing my desk or why I am making soup!
You see, my dear readers…after my zero dark thirty quiet time this morning….I decided to make Lemon Chicken Soup for lunch, mostly because it was 48 degrees with a bit of wind…..and that is cold for Florida! Secondly, I had chicken thighs in my fridge that needed to be used. And thirdly, I had lemons and limes left over from a couple other recipes that I have been working on this past week. And lastly, I love soup!
The organizational part was unintentional….I had opened my desk drawer to seek my stapler that had gotten “lodged” in the back of my desk drawer. Have you ever had that happen or are you better organized than I?
I usually have a system for purging or cleaning out “things”! I set up separate piles of items I intend to keep, giveaway, and trash… but my desk looked like a dumping ground for things that obviously belonged elsewhere in my home and if you really think about it….who wants my half used office supplies? Soooooo I decided to change the name of my “piles” of stuff to items to keep, items to move where they belong and items to toss out (which is probably what I should have done when my little hands touched the items in the first place. After, I completed that task….I really didn’t have many items to put in my drawers! Imagine that?? I now have orderly drawers and my hair clips and pins and nail polish or where they belown. Whoopee! I am functional again.
I had a couple of drawer dividers that I inserted, but a silverware tray would work just as good. I now have a certain place for paper clips etc….all I have to do is always put everything back where it belongs. 🙂
Soooooo time for soup!
Below is the handy dandy printable for a very easy and quick, great tasting soup.
Steps are simple….cook the chicken, add the saute’d onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cut up the chicken and add to the broth along with the rice. Add the lemon and lime zest and juices. Add the veggies and seasonings and you Soup’s On!
- 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 carton chicken broth
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme, stripped from stems
- 2 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin on (I use thighs)
- 1 cup rice
- Zest of 2 lemons and 1 lime
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Cook chicken in heavy pot in water to cover, about 10-15 minutes
- Meanwhile, saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic in butter until translucent
- Remove chicken and cut or shred when cool to the touch
- Add the cooked veggies to the broth in the heavy pot and add the rice, broth and thyme
- After chopping the chicken add it to the heavy pot along with the lemon and lime zest and juices Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Season with salt and pepper
- Taste for seasonings and add more salt and pepper if desired.
- Garnish with Lemon and lime wedges and serve with crackers, or buttery Ritz, for garnishing