So we are all about watching what we eat at the M house. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves.
No really, most of the time we try to stay on track with our exercise, buying local and organic as much as possible, and balancing the occasional treat.
Until this summer. And I don’t know what happened. Well actually I do. Unusually cool summer weather, excellent outdoor restaurants just 3 blocks away, and lots of weekend trips and parties.
It. Was. Awesome.
And now we are ready to reign it in and get back to our healthy meals. So what better time to have a homemade healthy soup and biscuits than on a night when our plans for a campfire with the family was rained out. I had been wanting to try this recipe I had found on pinterest for Italian Orzo Spinach Soup.
It was like chicken noodle, amped up a gazillion notches. I didn’t have celery and instead of the herbs in the recipe I used a palm full (sp?) of italian herb seasoning, a couple shakes of dried parsley and 2 garlic cloves, minced. I also added 1 cup of frozen green beans. I used 3 thin chicken breasts, rubbed them with olive oil, and then sprinkled a generous shake of italian seasoning and baked at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. We then diced them up and added them to the soup at the end. But not before my hubby looked at me and said “you know, homemade biscuits would be awesome with this”. And so I made those too.
Homemade biscuits from http://grannyskitchen.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/grannys-homemade-biscuits/ They are the best biscuits for soups, stews, and biscuits and gravy. Or just slathered in butter. What? It’s organic butter. Ha.
1T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4c butter (I cut it into quarters)
Mix everything but the milk and butter. Add the butter and crumble with fingers until it’s pea-sized and rough in texture. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Add milk and stir. Drop onto a floured counter and let sit for 1-2 min. Knead a couple of times and roll out. Cut with a biscuit cutter or a glass, like this:
Yes that’s a glass of wine. It’s Friday night. Don’t judge.
So that is the semi-finished meal. Soup is done and biscuits are ready to go in the oven. Once the biscuits were done we were all… yum, we are starving, let’s eat. And then about an hour later I realized we didn’t have a picture. Oh well, you’ll just have to take my word for it. It was great. The whole wheat orzo really made it yummy and filling! Can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch.~s