Thanks for Sharing

Last week, I made a desperate mama plea for your recipes for comforting and healing chicken soup. I love that side of women - the sharing side. I love that if I am at a park and I see another mom with a stroller that seems to be working for her, I can ask her about it, and TYPICALLY, she will share why she loves it, where she got it, and some other great tidbits. When we started Mama Manifesto, one of the visions we had for this site was that it would be a place where moms could share what is working, what is not working, be able to laugh about the hard stuff, or cry. Moms in the trenches. Sharing. I loved the tips and recipes you all shared last week.

This recipe is what I am making for dinner tonight. I LOVE orzo, and the hint of lemon had me at hello. Thank you, Cari, for sharing with us all. Check out Cari's blog for more great recipes and helpful tips for the cooking mama.

Get Ya Better Chicken Soup with Orzo and a Hint of Lemon
(Prep Time: 15 minutes/Total Time: 60 minutes. Serves 4 - 6)

1 medium onion, diced small
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced small
2 stalks celery, diced
handful parsley, chopped fine
3 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
6 cups chicken stock
4 small chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup orzo
zest from one lemon (make sure to zest only the skin...not the white pith)

Sautee onion, carrots, celery, parsely, salt and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft, about 8 - 10 minutes.

Turn up heat to high and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

Add chicken. Chicken should be fully covered by the stock. If not, add a little more stock.

Once boiling again, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Add orzo and lemon zest. Cook about 8 more minutes until orzo is al dente.

Serve with warm crusty bread! Yum!

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