Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Leeks
I love my sleep. So does Cade though he is far better about getting up early to get things done than I’ve ever been. Or he was. I’ve had a pretty major change of heart and though this may be something you already do I just had to share. I hope you’ll know that we totally believe that everyone has to do what is right for them, but just know that it is worth the read and consideration. Or if all else fails just snag this chicken wild rice soup with leeks because not only did our whole family love it but it’s the perfect soup for all year and especially after Thanksgiving as you can totally use leftover turkey instead of chicken.
Early to bed and early to rise. Shoot me now. I’ve always hated hearing that. Sleep is definitely important but I always figured that even if I went to bed late and got up at a decent time feeling good it wasn’t that big of a deal. Then I read this article, Filled with Life and Energy. Will you take a moment to read it? It filled my whole soul with peace and I felt so inspired to give it a try. It talks about the blessings that come from early to bed and early to rise and it’s a very easy read.
So that’s what we did. We started going to bed earlier, and before bed we kept our routine of reading together or watching something uplifting instead of tv shows. We often read our scriptures together before bed too which is always a nice end to the day. Then we started waking up early. I thought I would die the first three days, and then everything changed. I actually wasn’t tired like I thought I would be and in fact, I was less tired than our other schedule.
More importantly, the mornings became wonderful. Full of peace and learning. We both start our day with a little scripture study and prayer, if you don’t do that you could meditate or write in a journal, often we get to catch a sunrise and we have such a beautiful view it really does start the day with a little perspective. In fact, that’s been one of my favorite parts. Seeing the quiet world around us reminds us of the good and beauty that still exists. Our world is bombarded with constant noise that didn’t exist 100 years ago and sometimes I wonder if they really had the better life because of the quiet peace that surrounded every day life.
We certainly believe that peace and promptings of the spirit can be felt at any time of day but there’s something about arising early that allows you to feel it in a new way. From a devout early morning hater I’m telling you right now, I’ve become a convert. There is often inspiration that comes in those early, still hours of the morning. And guess what, going to bed and waking up early are one of the habits of truly healthy people too so if you’re wanting to get in shape this year I highly recommend it.
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- ¼ Cup Onion, minced
- 2 Cups Carrots, sliced
- 1½ Cups Leeks, see note for washing tips, washed and sliced in half and then sliced again into half moons.
- 1½ Teaspoons Fresh Thyme
- 5 Cups Chicken, Turkey or Vegetable Stock
- 1-2 Cups Water depending on how brothy you like soup
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 Cups Chicken or Turkey cooked and shredded (about 2 breasts or one turkey breast)
- 1½ Cups Peas
- 2 Cups Cooked Wild Rice
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally for about 30-60 seconds. Add the carrots and leeks and cook for one more minute.
- Pour in the stock, water and bay leaves. Gently add the chicken so you don't splash and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Add the peas and rice and remove the bay leaves.
- Season to taste and serve!
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