Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Night Home Alone w/ Chicken Noodle Soup

Good morning Beautiful,

*Yawn...*

I'm so tired. I spent last night home alone (so fun.. not quite.) because Carlton went out with some guy friend of his... I didn't know when he was going to be home but I got really tired around midnight and hit the sack. Of course he came home at I don't know what time, and after a few beverages wasn't the most graceful or quiet when he got into bed. Unfortunately this woke me up and I wasn't really able to sleep much because of some snoring habits Carlton has. He's got something going on with his sinuses and it's been like that for a while and it bothers him during the day (poor guy) and keeps me awake at night sometimes, even when I have earplugs in (which I sleep with every night). When I woke up around 7:45 this morning I figured I just might as well get up and stop the tossing and turning that I was experiencing.... but now I'm pooped. Absolutely exhausted. Today will be a 5-hour Energy type day, 10000%. But for now I'll sip on my tea while watching Dawson's Creek. I'm getting to the part where Joey and Pacey get together - THEY ARE SO MEANT TO BE!! I love them together!!!! :) Ooooo... the part where Dawson tells Joey that she needs to go be with Pacey is on right now and it's super sad. Am I really to believe that these kids are 16? My life was SO not this dramatic when I was 16.

So last night I reeeeeally wanted to order take-out, Chinese Noodle Soup. It's like my favourite cheat meal ever, all those delicious refined carbs in a broth that's 90% sodium with big chunks of chicken, it's a dream of a cheat-meal! But because I'm trying to be frugal, I decided that I would make my own. It would probably be cheaper and I'd probably get A LOT more for my money. So I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from work and picked up my ingredients which totalled all of $10. Uhhhh, score! Cheaper already. I wanted a version that was somewhat healthy and gluten free... so this is the recipe...... although it's coming from memory, I didn't use a recipe (yet again) and just cooked from my brain! :)

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup
Ingredients
2 chicken breasts, diced
1.5L of organic chicken broth (I'm not advanced enough to make my own broth yet)
1/2 of a sweet onion, diced
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
5ish leaves of fresh basil ripped apart
15 cherry tomatoes cut in half
15 baby carrots cut in quarters
1 package of vermentelli noodles (rice noodles, the super thin ones)
Cilantro to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
Lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Heat up olive oil in a pan and cook the diced chicken until JUST cooked, even a little under cooked.
2. Put the chicken broth in a large pot and bring to a boil.
3. Add the diced onion, green onions, basil and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
4. Add in the chicken from the pan, all juices included, squirt in some lime juice (I didn't measure, I just squirted the lime juice container a few times), the tomatoes and the carrots and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
5. Vermentelli usually comes in a package with 6 or 8 little "bundles" of the noodes, I added 4 of the bundles to my package but it's up to you how many noodles you want in your soup. Let boil until the noodles are cooked.
6. Add cilantro and salt and pepper and turn off the heat.
7. Enjoy!!

So yesterday I took a giant step towards a healthy financial future. I got rid of my overdraft protection on my bank account. I did it right after I had gotten paid, and I had to do it fast because if I didn't, I'd totally chicken out and just keep it. I took money out of savings that was the equivalent of my overdraft last week, however I still dipped slightly into overdraft by the time I got paid yesterday, so technically I started this pay period off with less money than I got paid (since I had to pay back some of the overdraft). So basically when I got rid of it, I wanted to cry. I'm so used to having and it basically living in overdraft and I was getting sick of it! Always getting charged and always being in the negative, so I took my financial planner's advice and got rid of it. YAY ME! Basically that's a good chunk of debt gone! Woohooo! Go me! Although I'm still shitting my pants about it...

In a few hours I'm off to Whitby to see Michelle! Woohoo, thank got the weather got nicer than it was yesterday because we have a 5km fun run to attend this afternoon, and I really didn't want to run in crap weather. She made some gluten free cupcakes last night and according to her they are "orgasmic!" SO I'm very excited to try said cupcakes! It's her friends birthday at her house so we're looking forward to indulging on  some vino and cupcakes! I will be taking photos and sharing them with you all tomorrow!

Have you ever had to deal with a significant other that snores? How did you cope? Are you a Dawson's Creek fan? What's your favourite type of soup?



9 comments:

  1. sorry youre feeing wiped out today! i hope your energy comes back soon!! i was a big dawson's creek fan too growing up. one tree hill was defintiely my alltime favorite though. did u ever watch that one?? i own every season on DVD like a total goof ball!! lol. have a great rest of your wkend! <3

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    1. Hey! I never really got into One Tree Hill! I'm not sure why.... I think it was because we didn't have anything more than basic cable growing up. Oh well! My energy has managed to come back! I went to bed at 9 last night to help make up for it! :)

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  2. Love the recipe. Looks great!

    I LOVED Dawson's Creek...it came out when I was a freshman and I used to compare it to my life all the time. NO ONE I knew at that time talked or acted like they did! Haha!

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    1. Haha glad I'm not the only one noticing that they're lives are INSANE and no 16 year old should ever deal with what they deal with lol. I'm still so hooked though.

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  3. Slo time is great! I love getting rice noodles from the Asian store...so cheap!

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    1. I LOVE Rice noodles!! They're so easy to make and no gluten! :) Yaye!

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  4. I love a good lentil soup. That chicken noodle soup recipe looks delicious, I will have a try at making that soon too :)

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    1. It was so good!! I might add some hot sauce next time around... maybe... I don't like messing with perfection :) :P

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  5. Sarah, this sounds like a fantastic soup recipe. I'm a naturopath practitioner in Perth, Australia and I'm also involved in food allergy testing. This being the case, I'm always on the look out for healthy eating alternatives to pre-prepared foods. This is just such a recipe. Kudos!

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