Sunday lunch/dinner

Fall has finally hit central Texas.  The nights and mornings are cool and the afternoons are gorgeous.  This inspired me to make a soup.  I’ve never made a home made soup before.  I wanted to make this recipe because it had chipotle, rice and swiss chard…a few of my favorite things which I have never combined before.  The result as thick, spicy and really delicious.  I think Drew and Grandad both went back for seconds.

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Smokey Chicken and Chard soup:

2 oz. Swiss chard (1 small bunch)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium carrots, diced (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 to 4 teaspoons minced seeded chipotle chiles in adobo sauce*
1 teaspoon dried oregano
6 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup long-grain white rice or quinoa
2 avocados, cubed
Lime wedges

1. Remove stems from chard; slice into 3/8-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups). Coarsely chop leaves (about 6 slightly packed cups).

2. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat until hot. Cook chard stems, onion and carrots 5 to 7 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic, chiles and oregano; cook and stir 20 to 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add broth, chicken and rice; bring to a boil.

3. Turn chicken; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and rice is tender. Remove chicken; cool slightly.

4. Add chard leaves to pot. Increase heat to medium; cook, uncovered, 3 to 4 minutes or just until chard is tender.

5. Meanwhile, shred chicken into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Garnish each serving with avocado and lime wedges.

Drew also decided to  get a pizza from Yaghi’s.  We went for the margarita pizza which is a white pizza with olive oil, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil.  delish!!! I chose to have mine with a glass of Petite Sirah.  perfect!

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