Do you ever just go to the store and buy food, then get home and are like “So, what do I make with all this?”. No? It’s just me? Cool. Now that we have a Costco in town, this happens a lot more often. It goes a little like this:
Walk straight back to produce (pretty sure I don’t need mass office supplies and bulk socks, but you never know). Ooooh, look how cheap that 20 lb bag of potatoes is. Gettin’ it. Don’t we need a 6-pack of pomegranates? Thought so. Four bags of bananas, check. Absolutely need this mega bag of lemons, even though I don’t use lots of lemons. On to meat. Wow, only $20 for all these chickens? I think there’s room in the freezer…. I think we’re almost out of pork shoulder. Better get 4 more. We might not have enough freezer space, but whatever. Gotta have that pork.
Then I get home and attempt to put everything away (side-by-side fridge/freezers are of the devil, btw), then realize I’ve got no plan for all that meat. I do meal plan, and I do make a list when I go shopping, but darn if bulk foods don’t get me every time. Sure I need all that. Maybe not right now, and who knows why, but I’m pretty sure it needs to be in my pantry.
So I’ve got these 4 whole chickens and I manage to fit 3 of them in the freezer. The one lonely chick is just sitting in the fridge, staring at me for a couple days while I debate it’s destiny. Then it clicks: Chicken Noodle Soup. Duh.
I’ll let you in on a little something. 3 years ago, the year before we went paleo, I put together a little cookbook for my family. My family and close friends affectionately called me “Martha Stewart” because I had this problem of being a perfectionist cook/baker. Not that I don’t now, but it’s not as bad. And I don’t use flour and sugar anymore. Anyway, the cookbook. It was just a tiny thing, 8″x8″, paperback, maybe 40 pages, printed from one of those online places. But it included all of the recipes that everyone requested I make at every holiday or recipes they were always asking me for. I thought “what better than to put all these recipes in one place” and so everyone got a custom Benson Cookbook for Christmas that year.
Every now and then, I pull that cookbook out and flip through the pages, looking for some inspiration. I can no longer make about 90% of the recipes because they’re not paleo-friendly, but that doesn’t mean I can’t convert them. I’ve actually covered about 1/4 of the book so far, and this Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is a spin on the Chicken Wild Rice Soup in that old cookbook.
So now that I had my recipe inspiration, Miss Henny Penny* in my fridge could fulfill her life’s goal. And I gotta say, carrots in place of noodles is pretty fun. Way better than slimy regular noodles. Way. Better.
*Henny Penny was the name of one of my in-law’s chickens. She managed to last years longer than all the other hens and became a family pet. When it finally came time for her to meet her end, we made her into a soup. It was a deliciously sad day.