Cooking Together…Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice

This week’s recipe comes from Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks.

Thoughts on This Week’s Recipe:

Ease of preparation: This recipe was very easy…it takes a little time to cook, so you have to plan for that, but it’s just to let the brown rice cook. Other than that, it’s super simple!

Overall opinion: I loved this! It’s the perfect dish for a rainy or cooler Spring day.

Husband’s thoughts:
I once again was surprised, but he really liked this too!

Would you make it again?
Yes, I would definitely make this again…and probably soon while asparagus are still in season.

Did you omit or add anything? Nope.

How did you serve it? I just served it on it’s own, although it would also be good with some crusty french bread.

Would you change anything next time? Nope! It’s great as is!

This Week’s Recipe:

This week’s recipe is Autumn Herbed Chicken with Fennel and Squash…and yes, I know it’s Spring, and not Autumn, but my good friend and college roommate Monica made this for me and some other college friends the other night and it was so good that I just had to have it again and try it for myself. Here’s the recipe if you want to print it out and try it with me this week, or just save it for next Autumn!


Monica’s Notes: Due to my “gluten situation” I obviously don’t coat the chicken in flour, so, I basically skip the whole first paragraph of the recipe. Then, due to the fact that I have issues following recipes and always want to change things…I usually double the chicken broth, don’t add walnuts and don’t add the squash in to the crock pot until 2-3 hours before everything is done cooking. I also add pepper and rosemary to the crock pot for extra seasoning.

And since I loved it so much when Monica made it, I’m going to do it just the same way! But if you do try the first step with coating the chicken in flour, let me know how it turns out!

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  1. Hey Krissa! Glad you stopped by. I like your take on one new recipe each week with all the details and analysis – I recently decided to commit to one new meal a week because my weekly menu was literally a copy & paste situation. I'd love for you to join in on Smörgåsbord Sundays, and you're welcome to borrow the title if you will be kind enough to link back to me. I don't have a fancy button or anything yet – just trying to get this thing off the ground. You can always link your weekly recipe review on Sundays using the Simply Linked Widget! It would be a great addition.

    Looking forward to what you're cooking next!

  2. Oh yum. Both of these recipes look delicious Krissa. I have fallen off the cooking wagon. Back to my old ways of Costco meals…… This soup makes me want to get back on it…. Cool that Rick liked it- Alton is not a fan of soups but the fact that rick liked it gives me hope. 😉

  3. What did you do with your leftovers? Does it freeze well? Making it this week! =)

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