Cindy C’s Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup

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We had this soup tonight, and my tummy is feeling blissful…  thankful for my sweet Cindy  for creating the recipe and thankful for Carol  for sharing it on facebook! I immediately knew this would be yummy! First off everything that Cindy makes is delish and the ingredients just screamed comfort, which I was in need of!  This recipe makes enough soup to share or perfect to eat and freeze (my small family of 3, ate it twice and froze a batch!) We are big veggie lovers so I added more veg, note my tweaks)

Cindy C’s Creamy Chicken & Rice

In a frying pan:

1 stick butter

1 onion chopped (2 sweet Vidalia’s)

1 carrot grated (I used 3, diced)

Also add to frying pan:

1/2 t thyme

1/2 t marjoram

Pepper (white and black)

1/2 cup flour

Mix and cook until light golden brown.

Set off burner and wait until you see ****

further in the recipe.

In Stock Pot:

Bring 1 gallon of chicken stock to boil

3/4 cup wild rice.

After 15 minutes:

Add 2 cups white rice

after 30 minutes:

Add diced cooked chicken

1/2 cup peas (used a whole bag, apx 2 cups)

After 15 minutes:

When it returns to a boil

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Add butter/flour mixture from before.

Stir until well blended.

Turn off burner or put on very low.

Add 2-4 cups half and half or cream at the end and heat through.

This is heaven in a bowl! I don’t know about you but, I am hoping that Cindy will share some more of her recipes!

xoox, mama bird

Cabbage Wraps

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I have never made or eaten cabbage wraps, but this week in my goal to make a different dish everyday I thought, WHY NOT? My original inspiration was a deconstructed crockpot version. After reading it more closely I decided if I was going to make the dish then I should DO IT! The real way. All I knew was that it was a meat mix rolled in cabbage leaves and cooked. I found further inspiration from a Martha recipe as well as Smitten Kitchen. In true form I took a little from each and made my own. Here goes!

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

2 apples, diced

2 T olive oil

1 lb ground turkey

2 T tomato paste

1 c rice, cooked

salt & pepper to taste

2 t paprika

garlic

1 head of cabbage

1 28 oz can tomato sauce

Remove core from cabbage and place in large bowl and pour boiling water over top, cover with towel, allow to steam/cook for 10 mins. Add 1 T olive oil to a deep/wide sauté pan; sauté veggies and place in bowl. Brown turkey; add to bowl. Stir in tomato paste, rice, spices.  Remove cabbage leaves, one by one and dry between paper towels. Roll meat mix in leaves. Place back in sauté  pan, top with tomato sauce. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins.

This was actually really quit tasty! I was really surprised.

Enjoy!

Mama Bird