Life is a balancing act. There’s work. There’s fun. There’s family. And if you’re anything like us, you do your best to balance it all. Sometimes the ground gets a little shaky, and footing gets a bit wobbly, but if you’ve got family around for support and fun, life is pretty darn good! It’s kind of like walking a Slackline.
What’s a Slackline, you ask? It’s kind of like a high wire meets a trampoline, but only half the width of a balance beam. And walking on one will make one feel as if he is well over the DUI limit, even if no alcohol has been consumed. It’s basically a tightrope with some bounce (’cause a stationary tightrope isn’t challenging enough, right?)
It’s about 30 feet long, two inches wide, gets anchored on either end, and is suspended several feet above the ground. Why was I not surprised when my niece brought one to our last family getaway?
She always adds a little excitement, challenge, and adventure to the family. Apparently, this time she wanted to see just how “balanced” we all are. Well, let’s just say some are better than others… But with all kinds of family around for support and laughter, we all struck the perfect balance.
Just as life should be balanced, so too should food! There’s healthy. There’s tasty. There’s comfort. And there’s a little bit of spice. It all needs to be balanced. And there’s no better balancing act than hearty, flavorful, comforting homemade chunky chicken noodle soup. With succulent chicken, tender veggies, satisfying egg noodles, and a little kick from a touch of cayenne, this weeknight version will make your house smell like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day, yet give you time to spend with your family, and even enjoy a nice glass of wine as you unwind. It’s that easy!
Not only that, there will only be one pot to clean when it’s all said and done. After a quick sauté of aromatic onions, celery, and carrots in butter, add good quality chicken stock and the spices, then simmer the chicken tenders until cooked through. Remove the tenders to shred, and add the noodles and cook until al dente. Add the chicken back, garnish with Italian parsley, and you’re good to go! You’ll never serve chunky chicken noodle soup from a can again.
Bring your life back into balance with this comforting chunky chicken noodle soup. And take time to enjoy life!