Dinner on the Fly : “I want soup!”

Last week I had a Mommy moment. You know, the ones where you forget to do something important. In my case, it was dinner. I forgot to throw dinner in the slow cooker until nearly 3:00pm. So at that point, I rushed around my kitchen like a crazy person in an effort to get everything together quickly. I turned the slower cooker on high, estimating dinner would be ready no earlier then 7:00pm. A little late, but I didn’t think much of it and went on with my day.

Then, 5:30pm came and my toddler began pulling on me and saying, “I want soup!” If you know me, you know my philosophy on food. I am not a short order cook. I make one meal for the whole family. My daughter doesn’t have to eat it, but she doesn’t receive specialized meals. In this case, however, I had to make an exception. After all, it was my fault dinner wouldn’t be served until much later, so of course she was hungry now!

Dinner on the fly! I want soup!

Well, at least she requested something that could be made rather quickly and healthy. To be honest, I was surprised she wasn’t begging for popcorn and ice cream! Anyway, it was getting late, so I immediately went to the fridge and ransacked it. Pulling out all the vegetables we had. If you are wondering why I didn’t run to the cupboard and pull out a can of soup, its because we didn’t have any. Its not that we don’t purchase cans of soup occasionally, but we usually like to make it ourselves.

I pulled out a potato, carrots, spinach, and vegetable broth. Figuring I could make a vegetable soup, I began pouring the broth into the pot. Unfortunately, there wasn’t even enough broth to coat the bottom of the pan. I rushed to the cupboard and grabbed a packet of beefy onion soup mix. Filled the pan with water and dumped the contents of the packet in. While the soup mix was simmering on medium heat, I began cutting up all the vegetables. Slicing them as thinly as possible, to ensure they became tender quickly.

I went to the fridge in one last effort to add some protein. Luckily, I came across a tuberware bowl of chicken I had made a few days earlier. Originally, the chicken was marinated in Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, seasoned with pepper, and baked in the oven. So, needless to say, it was already filled with flavor. I shredded what was left and poured it into the pot. The soup was left on medium heat, stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes.


Ranch Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Now that’s what I call dinner on the fly! So, what’s in your fridge? What meal can you make on the fly?

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