Thursday, January 23, 2014

Writer Marathon Soup

Too busy writing to cook? Need sustenance during your writing retreat that you can "just grab" and that's also healthy? Try my Writer Marathon Soup. Amounts here are approximate, and you can make any substitutions or omissions you like. On the eve of a two- or three-day "writer immersion" event, spend about 40 minutes putting this soup together, and it can feed two or three people for the duration.

Writer Marathon Soup
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1-2 cartons chicken broth
1 can kidney beans
1 can white beans
1 can black beans
1 can green beans
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1-2 chopped onions
1/2 lb. baby carrots, cut if desired
2-3 ribs chopped celery
1/2 bag frozen veggies such as peas, corn, or green beans
garlic powder
lemon pepper
Italian seasoning

1. Place chicken breasts in microwave-safe casserole. Cover and microwave 20 minutes on high for frozen. Fresh will be somewhat less.
2. Meanwhile, plug in or set on stovetop a large Dutch oven. Add to it the broth and canned items. Set heat to medium or medium low.
3. Prepare the onions, carrots, and celery, and put them plus any frozen veggies you're using in a microwave-safe casserole or bowl big enough to accommodate them. Add a little water.
4. When your chicken is done, take it out of the microwave and put the dish of veggies in. Cover the veggies and microwave on high till done, about 7-8 minutes or done to your liking. While the veggies are cooking, cube chicken and add to Dutch oven. Using a colander or strainer, you may want to add any chicken broth from the casserole to the pot as well.
5. When the veggies are done, add them plus the water from their cooking dish to the soup pot.
6. Add enough water to make your pot as full as practicable.
7. Add your seasonings in any amounts you wish.

You can now heat this soup through and serve, or refrigerate for later. I also do the dishes as I go, so by the time the pot's in the fridge, or within minutes after, they're all stacked in the dish drainer. You can vary this basic recipe and method so freely that the soup can be different each time you make it. Perfect for these cold winter days! :)


Dawn Malone said...

Yes! I love the idea of making a meal that can stretch for a few days so you can stay in writing mode. The soup sounds delicious!

Barbara Watson said...

That's a good idea for any busy stretch of days!

Janet Johnson said...

Love the name! And soup is perfect for this COLD weather going around. Thanks for the recipe! :)

Vijaya said...

Perfect. I've been making big pots of soup as well ... my microwave is broken :(

Marcia said...

Dawn -- Soup and tea are two of the pleasures of winter. :)

Barbara -- I know, it's the perfect thing for if you can't cook for a stretch. Or don't want to. :)

Janet -- You're welcome! I love to cocoon.

Vijaya -- Your microwave is broken! That is sad!

Leandra Wallace said...

Sounds delicious! I like my soup w/lots of veggies. Tonight we're having one of those bag meals where u dump it in the pan, heat, stir, presto! But it does have asparagus! :)

Rena Jones said...

Sounds good! I make a potato bacon soup in the crock-pot, which usually lasts us for a few days. Those types of meals are nice to have around!

Bish Denham said...

Excellent! When it gets cold, like today, I make a big pot of soup. This one sounds like a winner.

Kelly Hashway said...

Sounds yummy! I was super busy a week ago (well I'm still really busy but I ran out of soup) and ate soup every day for lunch.

Kim Van Sickler said...

Love it! And this is definitely the time of year for soup. I'm a huge fan of making a large quantity of something and then eating it here and there over the course of the next week. Thanks for the recipe!

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks for the recipe. Nothing better than a huge pot of soup simmering while you write that next scene!

Janet, said...

That's a lot of soup! Every time it gets cold and snowy, my mind turns toward making a big pot of soup.

Marcia said...

Leandra -- I hope the asparagus is real! :D I just read about something instant in which the "blueberry bits" have no blueberry content at all. Yikes!

Rena -- Potato bacon sounds heavenly.

Bish -- It's cold in Texas? I hadda ask.

Kelly -- I like to microwave it in a cup and take it to the computer.

Kim -- Yup, an efficient way to cook.

Lee -- I love the homeyness of it.

Janet -- That's what my husband always says. But it lasts for the time I need it to. Besides, a big pot is cozier.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love soup. I usually eat from the can, but I used to make homemade soup and it was quite yummy, plus easy to make.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

It is the perfect weather for enjoying soup. Thanks for the recipe!

Marcia said...

Medeia -- Yes, I love how easy soup is to make.

Ruth -- You're welcome! :)