This time I actually ran out of room in my pan before I got very many different veggies in it. I usually have everything from green beans to zucchini and whatever I have on hand. In the winter I like to use frozen veggies because they're quick. This is deinitely a 'quick fix' meal (Which is probably why I made it on a Thursday, when we are often gone from 8:30am to 9:30pm).
PREP: If you have a prep day, go ahead and dice/cut up your chicken and store in a freezer bag/container in the freezer. Dice onions and either roast garlic or dice and store in a bag along with any other veggies you like in your soups (bell peppers, fresh veggies, etc). Anytime I do cook a full chicken, I keep the broth in freezer bags as well as boiling the last of the chicken to make stock for soup later on. This time I had to buy new broth because we're out.
Cooked Chicken breast, cut into bit sized or smaller pieces
Natural Chicken broth
Whole Wheat Coucous
2-3 bags of a variety of diced frozen veggies. We had corn, peas and carrots this time.
1 onion, diced
1-2 heads of garlic, diced or roasted garlic
Stalk of celery
Mrs Dash Tomato, Basil Garlic seasoning
Fresh ground black pepper
Since I didn't follow my own rule and have a prep day this time, I had to start from scratch.
On the stove
1 pan with cubed chicken, diced onions and garlic being sauteed
1 large pot with water, chicken broth & lentils brought to a boil, then simmered on low-med for about 15 -20 minutes until the lentils are mostly soft. (I like my veggies kind of firm in my meals, so I tend to make sure that everything is nearly all the way done before I add frozen veggies, fresh veggies need to cook a little longer, especially carrots)
Add box of couscous to the broth & bring to a boil again, then simmer
Add frozen veggies
Add chicken mixture
Add more water/broth as desired. I like soup without too much broth, unless I'm treating myself with bread, which is why my "soup" tends to look more like a plate of veggies sometimes:)
Verdict: YUMMY! I love all the different textures in this soup. I loved the couscous and lentils both together. It was almost as good as wild rice!
Sometimes I use wild rice instead of couscous, which I actually prefer, but we're out. Again. I don't want to get stuck in a rut, so I try to get different things.
Seasoning Suggestions?? Experiment with different seasonings. I'm curious what other people use. Some day I want to try a spicy version with some of my spicier seasonsing. I've never been very knowledgable about spices, so any info is good! No MSG and No Salt added is good for us.