This weekend was glorious! Goodbye winter coats, hello short-sleeves! My crew headed to Central Park and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to Mother Nature after the winter we've endured. My kids climbed trees, marveled at the cherry blossoms and played their little hearts out at the playground.
But last night was a rough one. Out of nowhere, my littlest one, now 2.5 years old, got the runny nose/congestion/cold that comes with teething. Her third 2 year old molar poked it's way out of the gum yesterday and with that came the slew of teething-related agony all over again.
My other two kids were early teethers and both had all four 2 year old molars by the time their second birthdays rolled around. Teeth used to pop out two at a time, like weeds and then poof! the teeth would be fully grown in after what felt like thirty seconds. Not this one. Her teeth take their sweet time in every way. After we get through this, we have one more molar to endure.
My teething strategy is twofold: deal with the crunchy cravings and soothe the cold. I'll be making my own croutons for my gal to gnaw on, and though I didn't have all of the ingredients for a classic chicken soup, I threw together what I had in my kitchen this morning for a spring-like chicken soup. In fact, my 2 year old budding chef, who loves soup, threw it all together in the pot, with the exception of the raw chicken, and declared it "Carina Soup."
Delicious! I had the veggies already prepped in my fridge, which meant I was able to throw this together in under 5 minutes. The rest of the time is completely hands-off. Boy do I love that. What are your go-to recipes for kids when they're under the weather?
Spring Chicken Soup (aka Carina Soup)
3 chicken thighs
4 carrots, peeled
1 cup sugar snap peas
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
1 cube bouillon (*note: I normally avoid bouillon because I've heard bad things about yeast extract and it's relation to MSG. That said, I do keep some in my house. The bouillon that I used in this recipe is vegan and does contain yeast extract as the third ingredient. I used it because I wanted to hasten the flavor so that my daughter could enjoy this soup today for lunch. I didn't add any salt.)
Place all ingredients into a soup pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for at least an hour.