It has rained at least 3-4 days a week for the last four weeks solid. The ground is saturated, schools have been delayed or released early due to rising waters or tornado warnings (in January!), and we are suffering from a serious vitamin D deficiency.
I am truly treasuring the days of sunlight we are given!
When the weather is dreary I love to fix foods that burst with flavor to make our moods a little better. Have you ever noticed when the family has enjoyed a scrumptious meal together that their mood really improves?
My favorite dish to fix on these rainy days is a soup. I recently discovered a wonderful chicken and rice recipe featured in Food & Wine magazine that was not only completely delicious and filling, but also light and healthy. As always I added my own touch to the recipe, but it was met with a much satisfied husband and kids.
Ingredients you will need:
1/2 cup Jasmine rice (I used Mathatma rice), prepared by package directions
1/8 cup freshly chopped ginger
4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
pinch each of salt & sugar
3/4 cup chopped cooked chicken breast
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 green onions sliced for garnish
In a medium saucepan, add the chicken stock, fish sauce, chicken, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, salt and sugar to the rice, bring to a simmer and continue cooking over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the ginger and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Ladle the soup into shallow bowls, garnish with sliced scallions, and remaining lemon zest.
For the best flavored soup, use homemade chicken broth.
What is your favorite comfort food for those dreary rainy days?
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