And so it begins.
The middle of January.
AKA the countdown to spring.
I know we have a loooooong way to go, but man, the whole January/February/March combo is just rough. Deep dark cold rough. There’s just nothing really to look forward to, aside from maybe that scarce beautiful 70 degree day we are occasionally thrown in early March. That would be lovely this year, please. Yes, let’s order that.
At least the sun sets a few minutes later each day. So that means once January is over we’ll have gained about an extra 45 minutes or so of light at the end of the day. Hey, that’s something! It will be nice to have the kids off the bus with the sun still in the sky. What a concept.
So my friends, until then, it’s lots of cooking over the stove with soup being the go to option to warm everyone up. I can’t say enough good things about this chicken and rice soup with lemon and dill. It is ridiculously easy, so tasty, healthy, and stretches so you’ve got dinner and a lunch or two all lined up. Get yourself a fire going and grab a glass of red wine and settle in with your show of choice (Homeland, anyone?). We’ve got a long few months ahead of us…..
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 TBS butter
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped carrot
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- 3 cloves garlic
- salt & pepper
- 8-10 cups chicken stock (depending on how thick you like your soup)
- 2 cups brown rice (I used microwaveable from Trader Joes, you can use uncooked rice it will just need longer to simmer)
- rotisserie chicken, shredded up (or you can roast your own!)
- Handful of fresh dill, chopped
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Heat your evoo and butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add in onion, carrot, celery, zucchini and saute together until softened, roughly 10 minutes.
- Add in garlic, and season everything with salt & pepper.
- Pour in your stock and rice. If using raw rice, it will need to simmer awhile now to soften (roughly 45 minutes or so). If you used already cooked rice, it's already done.
- At this point I let the soup simmer awhile anyways to come together, then tasted and adjusted the salt and pepper.
- Off the heat stir in the fresh dill and lemon juice.
- Serve in deep bowls with crusty bread.