A very good mom friend of mine recently mentioned that her daughter (also 2 1/2 like my little girl) is going through a stage where she only wants to eat macaroni and cheese and yogurt. Meal time can be really frustrating when your kids refuse to eat. However, just like sleeping, I'm of the philosophy that you have to "teach" your kids to be good eaters. Yeah, it takes more effort and sometimes they'll leave the table after four bites of food, or even better, my daughter told me that my cooking tasted like "dog poo poo" the other night (direct quote).
So I started to think of easy and nutritious toddler approved food for my friend to make for her daughter. My first suggestion was Chicken Noodle Soup. I mean, come on, I've never met anyone who doesn't like chicken noodle soup.
Here is my ridiculously easy, relatively mess-free version of chicken noodle soup that I guarantee you'll love. The very best part is you won't have to deal a messy animal carcass afterwards because you use chicken breasts instead of an entire chicken. This recipe is actually near and dear to my heart because after giving birth to my daughter, my sister came to stay with me and made this for me. I couldn't get over how easy it was and it really hits the spot. I always have some frozen in the freezer just in case.
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
a bunch of baby carrots, I use about 2 handfulls
2 celery stalks
1 yellow onion
1 medium zucchini (optional, we love zucchini)
2 tablespoons of parsley
Small pasta of your choice (we are into egg noodles right now)
1. Dice onions cut vegetables to small bite-sized pieces, add to stock pot
2. add rinsed chicken breasts to pot as well as parsley and thyme
3. add about a tablespoon of salt and a pinch of pepper
4. Fill pot with water, make sure contents is covered
5. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low, let simmer for about 45 min to an hour
6. Remove whole chicken breasts and cut into small pieces, then return to pot
7. Add your cooked pasta and ENJOY!
TIP: My family loves grated cheese and homemade croutons on top.