Thursday, November 19, 2015

3 Out of 4 Approve This Dinner

One of my favorite meals to cook this time of year...and clear through soup.  ANY kind of soup will do.  I'm grateful I have a husband who loves this fare as much as I do and requests it often.  My boys?!  Notsomuch.  I decided I was tired of being a short order cook and I recently told them if I cooked it, they'd have to eat it.  Whatever dad and I are having for dinner, they'll be eating, too. If they don't eat, they go to bed without food.  This is no problem for my youngest.  He'll try anything and 9 times out of 10 he loves it all.  His favorite?!  Venison.  

My oldest is a completely different story.  Our kids don't come with instruction booklets as much as I wish they did.  I wish there were some way I could definitively tell if I'm screwing them up for life (I'm certain they're doomed thanks to my parenting skills...or lack thereof).   For now it's all just a guessing game  :)  All that to be said, we catered to our oldest's every like/dislike when he was just a toddler and we're paying for it all these years later. don't like that ham & cheese sandwich I meticulously prepared for you with crust cut off and the ham & cheese layered just perfectly?!  No problem.  Here's your processed mac & cheese.  In just a short matter of time, he turned into the pickiest little eater who is terrified of trying new foods. Like hyperventilating and crying kind of picky.  TOTALLY OUR FAULT!!!!  Dangit!!!!!

When I'm cooking dinner I typically make a main course for myself & Mr. Spouse and then make something entirely different for the boys so I can continue to cater to the food preferences of my oldest (cue all the eye rolls...I'm definitely one of those moms).   Sometimes the battle just isn't worth it.  When we were growing up and didn't like what mom made for dinner we had the option of eating a bowl of cereal instead.  I'd be happy to offer up that same option to LJ, but he doesn't like cereal either.  He does eat veggies with every meal...typically green beans, broccoli, or peas.  He loves fruit (any variety) like nobody's business.  And he would live off of yogurt and crackers if I let him.  When it comes to my cooking, he is much more reluctant to eat.  

He tells me that certain textures freak him this soup....or any soup for that matter.  He just can't take it!  Bums me out because I feel like he'd love it if he'd just try it!!  I'd love to tell you that this soup is so amazing my entire family devoured it in one sitting, but our one little reluctant eater refused to take a bite.  He sure did have a big breakfast the next morning though.  While he may not have been as excited about this meal as I was hoping, I can tell you that the rest of us LOVED it to pieces!!!  3 out of 4 most definitely approve this dinner and we definitely consumed the entire pot in one sitting.  #sorrynotsorry


2 C. dry egg noodles
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 1/2 TBSP. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 raw carrots, diced
3 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans of chicken broth
3 TBSP. chopped parsley
salt & pepper, to taste
2 bay leaves
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. + 2 TBSP. all purpose flour
2 1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. heavy cream

Let me just start by saying that my soup is on the creamy/chunky not-so-brothy side because I WAY overdid it on the egg noodles.  I think I doubled the amount it called for...whoops!  Still amazing, just thicker than normal :)

That to be said, start by cooking the egg noodles first according to package directions...only the amount required unless you want yours to be thick and chunky like mine.  When ready, remove from heat and drain.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the onions, celery, and carrots.  We left the celery out because I didn't have any on hand.  Saute for about 4-5 minutes, add garlic, and saute for another minute or so.

Now toss in the chicken broth, parsley, and bay leaves.  Stir to combine ingredients, take a little taste, and add the salt and pepper as desired.  

Add chicken and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook until the chicken is heated/cooked through (no more pink!!)

In a separate saucepan, heat butter until melted.  Add flour and whisk constantly until the mixture is a little on the thick side (about 2 minutes-ish).  Now add the milk and continue to whisk until the lumps are gone and the mixture is smooth.

Add the heavy cream to the mixture in the separate saucepan and bring to a boil.  Be sure to continue to whisk while the the mixture comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and add to the soup/broth mixture in your large pot.  

Now toss in the cooked egg noodles to the soup/milk mixture and stir to combine.


While I know this dinner is approved by only 3 out of 4 family members I can guarantee to you that the three of us who loved it are spot on in our critique of this meal :)  It was AMAZING!!  I always love a good chicken noodle soup, but making it creamy made it that much better...even if I did add too many egg noodles.   With the cooler months ahead you'll definitely want this recipe in your arsenal of comfort's SOUPer!!!!!


  1. My oldest who is now 12 was a very picky eater as well and of course I catered to him! But now, he will eat just about anything. My new rule is you can't say you don't like something until you try it, so at least he tries it before he says he doesn't like it! I love your recipes, have tried a few and they didn't disappoint, thank you!!

    1. This seriously gives me hope! I keep praying he will be less resistant to try things. I think he'd LOVE what we eat if he'd just TRY it!!! :)

  2. I feel like you wrote this post about my children. Oldest, would eat mac and cheese or cereal every night if I let him. Landon, he'll try anything.

  3. You could be writing about my girls!!! Our oldest is SO dang picky. They'd both eat Tyson chicken nuggets, broccoli, and applesauce for every meal.

    1. Tyson nuggets for the win!!! But seriously...why are they so picky?! Gah!!!!

  4. Ditto to the comments above.. my two sons were the same. Oldest eats everything and will try everything. The youngest ate nothing and the texture of mashed potatoes all but literally made him throw up. But guess what... now at 13 and 15 they eat pretty much anything. Ryan is still picky but he eats a TON more than he ever did before. Hang in there.. they will change into grocery gobbling teens before you can blink. Kroger people know me by name... :)

    1. You're giving me hope, Kim!!!! I keep telling myself I should be grateful he doesn't like much of what's out's seriously been a blessing on the bank account, lol!!!! But honestly, I'd welcome the spending...I just want him to EAT!!!! Ha!

  5. When I was growing up I was a very picky eater as well. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches sustained me for years. My mom didn't really cater to my pickiness too much & I have photos of me as a skinny kid! However, most kids will eat when they are hungry & luckily their tastes change & expand as they grow. I'm no longer a picky eater & have not suffered as an adult (I'm 56, lol). So, I agree, it would be nice if kids came with instruction manuals but since they don't, parents will do the absolute best they can & in most cases, our children will be okay!

    1. He finally started eating PBJ last year, so I'm grateful he'll eat that if there's absolutely nothing else he likes!!! I definitely see skinny jeans in his future! HA!!! I know his palate will change...I just need to pray for patience until it does! I always feel like I'm doing something wrong. Bless!!!! You give me hope!!!

  6. I bookmarked this when I first read it and made it tonight since it's finally cold and rainy in Houston... SO good! I altered it just a tiny bit by adding more broth and using Reames egg noodles that I just threw in to cook with the chicken. It was a hit in our house, already looking forward to leftovers tomorrow! Thanks!!

    1. That sounds amazing!!! I need to try that next time we make this!!!