The stuff that cures all ails

11 Jul

When I was growing up I wasn’t as lucky as my son to have a stay at home mom. I remember both of my parents working hard to provide for 4 daughters and that meant a lot of fast and easy dinners  like hamburger helper and any kind of helper for that matter. It’s definitely not something I would ever frown upon, working all day,  feeding a large family, getting all of us ready for bed and then trying to get a little sleep before the next day of work.  Jeez Louise, I think my mom was secretly super woman sometimes. On top of that we were all sassy little brats running around fighting like wild hyenas!

It’s not the hamburger helper meals we had that brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my tummy but the momma’s cookin  yummy stuff that I remember so well that was like…the stuff that cures all ails.

My mom made (and still does make) a lot of comfort foods that make you want to nap after eating them. That’s how you know its good, when you fall into a food coma shortly after eating. Stews, Soups, Chicken, Steaks…Just anything that you think of as comforting.

Yesterday, Adrian decided it was the type of day where he wouldn’t do anything unless I was holding him and if I thought he was napping…..guess again. By the end of the day, Wes was running late from work and  I was completely exhausted. I was in the “I want my mommy” kinda mood……but wait……I AM the mommy now.

So that meant it’s time to do something my momma would do and that’s create a huge vat of chicken and vegetable stew!

Now if I would ask my mom for any of her stew/soup recipes she would say…”Chrissy, just throw some stuff in a big pot and let it simmer for an hour. If it’s too thin add some corn starch, if it’s too thick add some water.” Shes a home cook like that, she never measures, she only eyeballs it.  Now that’s the sign of a good cook if you ask me!

With my mother in mind I browned some chicken thighs (3 thighs I had thawed out at the time) then took them out and shredded them up, added some peeled diced potatoes (about 3 large), 1 diced onion, and I had a  bag of frozen mixed veggies that I threw in there with it (if it’s the big bag use half). After cooking for a few minutes I added a cup of milk and then enough water to cover it all. Bring it to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. If it’s too thin do what my momma says and add some corn starch (about a teaspoon)! Should thicken right up!

One slurp of this and it always makes everything allllll better doesn’t it? I’ll make this kind of stuff for Adrian like my momma made it for me. I hope he remembers it as fondly as I do….

BTW: It’s around 280 calories per serving with 12 servings a pot! Til next time!


Christine Kay


14 Responses to “The stuff that cures all ails”

  1. Pat Hall 07/11/2012 at 10:10 AM #

    Love this entry, the first time I’ve looked at your blog but I’ll be back.

    • lifeaftersingle 07/11/2012 at 10:29 AM #

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!

      • Marianne 07/11/2012 at 12:02 PM #

        YUM! That looks good. ❤

  2. kassi 07/11/2012 at 11:30 AM #

    Good job Christine, I love them all you are doing a wonderful job! This one especially bcuz I am always looking for low sodium recipes for Jade and this one is just that! So thank you!

    • lifeaftersingle 07/11/2012 at 8:15 PM #

      Thank you Kassi! I’ll look up some low sodium recipes to post just for her! 🙂 xoxo

  3. Grumpa Joe 07/11/2012 at 7:42 PM #

    Reminds me of my Mom’s chicken soup. I can taste it now. Very nice photos

    • lifeaftersingle 07/11/2012 at 8:14 PM #

      Thank you! :))

  4. bringmemycoffee 07/11/2012 at 8:31 PM #

    I love soup! I make it up and can it in the fall. The oldest of my (4) “only child”s is 24 years old, lives on his own but hits me up for a few jars every so often. I envy your being about to stay home with yours. I’ve always wanted to, but we could never quite manage. Maybe someday I’ll be able to stay home and occasionally play with grandkids instead. Thanks for liking/following.

    • lifeaftersingle 07/12/2012 at 6:49 PM #

      It’s hard to afford being a stay at home mom in this economy. That’s why I’ve become the queen of penny pinching haha! Your sites great! 🙂

      • bringmemycoffee 07/13/2012 at 9:00 AM #

        Penny pinching seems to work best for me if I keep my face out of the store. Making things at home from scratch saves more than the cost of the store bought version sometimes. My mom used to say “if I go for bread it’s $50, if I go for milk it’s $50, but if I ever need both it costs $200”. I’m afraid I’ve learned the same is true for me. Thanks very much!

  5. closefamilies 07/13/2012 at 7:27 PM #

    My mom worked ridiculous long hours when I was growing up, and although my dad didn’t work, he cooked mostly “Helper” meals, frozen dinners, and my personal favorite: Kraft Mac and Cheese with a can of peas and a can of tuna! My mom cooks only at holidays, but when she does, it’s an all day, made from scratch, super delicious, memorable kind of meal. That’s my comfort food!! Love this post! 🙂

    • lifeaftersingle 07/13/2012 at 9:40 PM #

      Thank you! My dad cooked similar to your dad. When it was his night to make dinner we basically knew it was spaghetti night haha. Thanks for following!

  6. John 07/16/2012 at 3:33 AM #

    That looks soooo goood! Meat -n- potatoes man here….

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