One of the best parts for me as a passionate home cook and now as a mom, is watching my kids blossom in the kitchen. Samantha turned 10 recently and I was reflecting on who I was at that age. I was making cookies, cakes from a box and I was always put in charge of mashing the potatoes and making the Russian salad dressing for my dad’s salad. But that was about it in the cooking department.
I love that I have empowered my kids to think for themselves in the kitchen and come up with ideas on what it is they want to eat…and therefore make. From simple chicken noodle soup to a stretch like Apple Fritters or Stuffed Chicken Breasts, I enjoy letting them try their ideas out as well as assisting me in whatever I am making..
Samantha took over the homemade stock making (chicken, turkey and vegetable stock) at our house when she was 9, really!
Whenever I am working with a chicken, she stalks me for our bones, skin and any other parts she can get her hands on. I will never forget the day at the age of 7 she said to me while shopping one day, “hey mom can I buy one of those chickens to make stock?” I was like “Ummm, aaah sure sweetie.”
Of ALL the things for a 7 year old to ask for at the grocery store…Mine wanted a whole chicken, lol! Samantha has even taught her cousins to make stock as well and their parents happily report back that their kids have been puffed up and excited about what they can do. (ages 8, 9 & 10). I love it!!
Today Samantha shares her Simple Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe with you, minus the meat. She wants nothing to do with meat in her soups (but YOU can add as little or as much as you enjoy, lol).
Kid Friendly Chicken Noodle Soup
- 5 cups chicken stock yours or store-bought
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 cup small noodles like ditalini, elbow macaroni, ABC's or small egg noodles
- 1 TBS minced parsley or Gourmet Garden Italian He
- Pour chicken stock/broth in a pot,, add in your carrots and bring it to a boil (if adding in chipped celery or onions do so now as well).
- Add your noodles once the stock is boiling, cook according to package instructions or until they are the way you like them. Turn off your soup and let it sit on the stove for a bit to cool. If you are adding in shredded cooked chicken, do so now.
- Taste it and add in anything you think it needs such as a little salt or black pepper. Add in your chopped parsley and enjoy,