Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

soupSo, its fall and what is better in fall than home made soup?! I love soup and making your own is a way to make sure you are limiting salt and other preservatives they put in the canned stuff!

I made beer butt chicken the other day, which is really one of my favorite things to make and its soooo easy! I will post the recipe for that next time I make it. Anyway, the point I was getting to is that I always throw out the carcus and it seems like such a waste! So, why not make some chicken noodle soup?!?! Here is how I did it:

Home Style Chicken Noodle Soup

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    Chicken Carcus with leftover meat left on (Or, 3 chicken breasts boiled and shredded)

  • 3-4 Carrots chopped into slices
  • 4-5 Stalks of celery chopped into slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped into small peices
  • 2 boxes of chicken stalk (low sodium if available)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 box of noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme

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  • First you will want to boil your chicken carcus in the chicken stalk & water
  • While this is boiling you will chop all your veggies
  • Boil the chicken for an hour and then take out the carcus and pick off all the meat that is leftover
  • At this point I added a bit more water – you can use your discretion on this…you can also add more stalk
  • Add in the spices, onion and boil for 10 minutes before adding the carrots and celery and boil for 10 more minutes
  • Add the noodles and chicken back into the mix and simmer on low for about 20-30 minutes
  • Enjoy!

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**This make quite a bit of soup…I ladled the the soup into small ziplock bags and loaded them into a larger ziplock to freeze for later, but it would be great for a party or a large family gathering**

Quinoa Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers

Ok…first things first…its October 3rd! Any mean girls fans out there? I LOVE mean girls!!

IMG_3642Ahhh…mean girls is the best movie! I have to watch it everytime it is on…especially since it is so fetch! haha…Ok…moving on…

Along with mean girls I also love stuffed peppers! They are such a comfort food, that is so filling and they look amazing as well! One other thing is that they feed a lot of people with not a lot of effort and you can make them ahead and just pop them in the oven when company are over without even worrying about cooking while entertaining! win-win!!

We have unfortunately been having a hard time with illness in my family and I was trying to think of something to make that people can heat up whenever they arrive and that feeds a lot of people, but most of all that is healthy! It seems as though when things start to go wrong in our lives and large groups of people are gathering the option is always to order pizza, chinese or run out to McDonalds or something like it! I mean don’t get me wrong I enjoy it every once in a while, but not ALL the time!

Ok…so enough about my lifes woes…here is the recipe:

Quinoa Turkey Sausage Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients:
2 Cups Quinoa cooked
4-6 turkey sausages (depending on how much meat you like)4 Bell Peppers (I used yellow and orange – but you can use anything)
1 small diced zucchini
1 cup diced onion
1 cup kale (chopped finely)
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
2-3 Cloves of garlic

Directions:

  • Boil a large pot of water

  • Cut your peppers in half and boil for 10 minutes

  • In a large skillet heat coconut oil, diced onion, kale and zucchini for 5 minutes

  • Cook sausages on the BBQ or however you prefer and cut into small slices

  • Lay out your bell peppers once finished boiling on tin foil on a baking tray

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  • Add garlic, seasoning, can of diced tomatoes, and quinoa to large skillet and simmer for 10-12 minutes

  • Add sausage to mixture and start to fill your peppers

  • Once all peppers are filled toss in the oven for 30 minutes before serving

  • You can always add a little shredded cheese on top and broil before removing from the oven as well

  • Enjoy!

*You can always make these ahead of time and just heat up the oven and pop them in when you are ready to eat*

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Vanilla Almond Granola

I really enjoy making my own granola since its soooo easy and you can control all the ingredients! This is one of my favorite recipes for a sweet, sticky and crunchy granola exploding with vanilla and almond flavours! Healthy, homemade granola is so fast and easy to make.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

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Ingredients:

  • IMG_40062 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup (100g) slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Toss the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and coconut oil together until combined. Whisk in the almond and vanilla extracts. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture. Granola remains fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

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Meet me on the mat – Yoga mat that is!

Lunchtime yoga may be my new favorite thing! I work from home, so it is perfect for me to run out from 12-1 for a quick hour yoga class and I come back feeling focused and ready to work the rest of the day. Does anyone else enjoy lunch hour yoga?

IMG_3890I am a huge fan of hot yoga! I’ve tried multiple studios and different types of yoga and usually buy 10 class passes to various places to try them out and see what I think. I am going to breakdown some benefits and different type of yoga for you guys incase you are considering trying it out. I would HIGHLY recommend it because you feel fantastic afterwards and if you are a runner or have tight hips/back/neck etc. this could be a life changer 🙂

I am guilty of not stretching or barely stretching after most of my workouts, so yoga fits perfectly into my routine. It lengthens and elongates the body while making you feel all nice and relaxed. I have VERY tight hip flexors and I find I hate my life when the instructor starts the pigeon or other hip openers, but I am so thankful after.

Ok…so here we go…

Types of Yoga:

yogatypesI am a big fan of Moksha Yoga studios which they have all over Ontario because of a few reasons:

1. They play music
2. They don’t take it too seriously and make the classes fun
3. They mix it up with different poses every class
4. They often mix in some pilates, push ups, sit ups, etc.

But, you can make your own choices on what you like as you experiment with different studios!

Now…the benefits:

YogabenefitsSome other benefits include: Improved brain function, better focus, improved digestion, lower stress levels, improved sexual function, anxiety relief, strong bones, etc, etc, etc.So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and try a class today!! Here is a little laugh for your Friday hehecatyoga

Breakfast on the go….Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

Have you guys tried overnight oats? They are amazing! And, so easy to make. They literally take 5 minutes to prepare and you wake up and have something to take on the go. Here is a one recipe I enjoy!! It’s another one of those dessert for breakfast ideas!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats 

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Rolled Oats (Or steel cut oats)
2/3 cup of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
Honey or Stevia for sweetness (if desired)
1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds (optional – if you add these you should add a little more milk)
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter (I used 100% natural peanut butter)
1 Tablespoon Cocoa powder
1 banana cut into slices

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Place Oats into canning jar (mason jar or like). Pour milk overtop, add sweetener (if needed) and shake well. Place the peanut butter and cocoa powder in and half of the banana. Shake again and place in the refrigerator overnight.