Mmmmmmmmmmmm you guys THIS SOUP IS DELISH.
Hubs and I have been a bit under the weather the past two weeks. Nothing crazy but annoying cold season congestion junk going on and it hasn't been too fun.
I mean obviously right?
Last week despite being sick I worked out everyday and really continued on as usual. But considering that I kept dealing with the lingering of this cold I decided to take a week off from exercise this week (which is sad I know) and just stay put as much as possible. Aaaaaand drink a bunch of tea. I am doing a tea detox after all so - TEA GALORE!
I feel like I've been a bit of a hermit because I have legit been sitting for around 20 hours a day working on ebooks and online guides nonstop, and watching a whole crap ton of TV in the background. Like seriously I watched A LOT and completed A LOT.
I started and finished multipleTV series on Netflix (holler if yo've seen any of these) including: The Fall, The Get Down (AMAZING SHOW), The 4400 (which was very weird), Chewing Gum (which was weird and quirky), Lovesick, movies like Burn After Reading, Hope Floats, Before We Go, and right now in the background I am "watching" Fuller House. Full disclosure, I keep pausing when I write or read things over because I honestly kind of like to write in silence or with just some music on. It's a concentration thing. Most of the work I've done this week hasn't been so much writing in full sentences but more so designing documents and pages, editing, revamping, working on new aspects of the website, and so on. I still had to leave the house a few times to teach but besides that I honestly haven't even washed the dishes this week. It's been great and really crazy productive with my business stuff at least!
But then everything changed......
*cue magical music*
Yesterday my darling husband went to Wegmans!!!!!! My excitement was at the "HE WENT TO JARED!" level no lie. I LOVE when he goes to my favorite grocery store to pick up things that I couldn't muster the energy to get myself. My hero! It was all his idea & we decided to make this delicious pressure cooker chicken soup aka Lemon Chicken soup together using our Instant Pot obviously! Yippieeee!
I have this thing where I really hate cutting up onions and garlic, and he cut up ALL the veggies for me and followed my instructions while I did the actual concocting! We don't cook together too often but I seriously love when we do. If you're looking for something fun to do with your honey buns sometime, try making a meal together!!! It makes the whole process a lot more fun!
Anyway, he bought all the ingredients I asked for and I had found a recipe for soup similar to this a few months back and we ended up going through a huge phase with my modified version of that soup. So I decided to make some more changes and adjustments and made it my own. I'm excited to share it now for all of you to enjoy as well!
It's delicious nutritious and I think you're just going to love it!
On that note I'll stop rambling and give you the recipe!! I used my Instant Pot but if you just have a regular pressure cooker that though work also! I do want to tell you also that there is rice in this recipe! You could try subbing the rice for cauliflower rice but I haven't tried this myself yet so I make no guarantees!!!
If you don't tolerate rice very well I have a few tricks to help you: 1. try soaking & draining it overnight before eating it. 2. cook it down til it's nice and mushy so it's super easy to digest. 3. get organic white rice since that's the easiest on your tummy. 4. make sure to rinse your rice with cold water until the water runs clear before you cook it.
Now for really here's the recipe for the pressure cooker chicken soup, with a LEMONY twist!
Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup
1.5lbs Organic Chicken Thighs, Whole
1 Yellow Onion, Peeled & Chopped
1 Whole Garlic Clove, Peeled & Chopped
3 Carrots, Peeled & Chopped
2 Stalks of Celery, Peeled & Chopped
6 cups Water
1/2 cup Thawed Peas
1/2 cup Uncooked Rice
Juice of 4 Small Lemons or 2 Large
2tsp Sea Salt & extra Himalayan pink salt to taste
Turn on the sautée function of your instant pot & melt the ghee. Add chopped garlic & onion to the instant pot until fragrant and translucent. Add chopped celery, and carrots to the pot and stir. Chop the white & light green portion of the leek stem and add to the pot. Reserve 2 of the dark green leaves to add later.
Sautee all veggies together for about 5 minutes or until veggies have softened a bit. Add thewater, raw chicken, uncooked rice, & 2 dark leaves from the leek.
Hit the 'Manual" function on your Instapot. Cook on high pressure for 1 hour 30 minutes. Use a utensil to move the valve and release all the pressure. Once the steam stops while the valve is still open, open the instapot, add the peas, lemon juice, & salt. With a ladle remove the dark green leek leaves & separate the chicken while it's still in the soup, it should fall apart and shred very easily.
Stir everything together and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before eating! Be careful though, it's HOT! Also the longer the flavors sit and marinate the better it tastes!!!
Guys guys did you notice that I actually took out my legit camera to take the pictures today instead of using my iphone?? I still have so much to learn about food photography in genral but especially with a REAL camera... I figured there's no time like the present to get started so here yah are!!!
Enjoy the soup & don't forget to tag me in your foodie pics!!