Chicken, White Bean & Kale Stew
The past three weeks were a pretty a fantastic blur of friends, family, coffee, wine, cheese, ginger cookies, caramel popcorn, dark chocolate salted caramel tart, roasted jalapeno artichoke dip, lasagna, roast beef, pizza, and… did I mention wine… and coffee?!?
It is now January, however, the holidays are officially over and it is cold in St. Louis. It is no longer the kind of cold that is trimmed with twinkling Christmas lights and warmed with hot cocoa… it is just January cold (and dark, but I will save the dark drama for a post on the February-funk).
In an attempt to not blow my New Year’s resolution(s) on January 1 or 2, I decided to head in the kitchen and tackle the remains of a roasted chicken. I chopped and reserved the remaining meat for the stew and used the bones to make a quick and easy slow cooker stock, in an attempt to maximize our use of food and reduce our waste.
This is a pretty great way to up-cycle a protein and an easy and satisfying stew that will help you wean off your holiday indulgences.
Happy New Year! Do you all have any fabulous food traditions for the New Year? I chose to stick with my Italian roots… or root… and opted for a steaming bowl of lentil soup on this freezing first day of the new year!
The inspiration for this lentil soup comes from la mamma Italiana and my year as an exchange student in Siracusa, Sicily. The highlight of my year was definitely my amazing host family, but the incredible food was a close second. I realize lentil soup may not be what traditionally comes to mind as you think of scrumptious Sicilian cuisine, but this is the perfect Mediterranean meal to warm up your winter!
Chicken Noodle Soup
Allen and I both suffer from serious allergies, which is quite unfortunate, because we live in Saint Louis (one of the allergy capitals of the U.S.), with 2 cats and 1 dog! Spring and fall, although beloved, can be exceptionally difficult in the Cavedine house. Allergies are, or course, irritating, but the sore throats that always seem to tag along with our sinus fun, are the real kicker! To combat the sinus funk, we created this a magic elixir to soothe the sorest of sinusy throats – an unbelievably easy and tasty semi-homemade chicken noodle soup. (more…)