A friend is scheduled to have a 'procedure' on Friday. That means that tomorrow she will be fasting. She is NOT looking forward to it...honestly, who does?
Anyway, she was trying to figure out what 'clear liquids' she could live with. I offered to make her a good chicken broth...actually chicken and vegetable broth. I stewed a chicken with onion, carrot, celery, and sweet potato, and then strained it. I put the meat in the fridge to use later in the week, and filled up a quart jar with beautiful and fragrant broth.
Since I was making the broth for her, I invited her and husband to come for dinner tonight so they could pick it up and save me a trip. :) Then I planned a dinner that would hold her over through a day and a half of fasting.
The rest of the broth (after her quart was safely jarred) went into making Jalapeno Sweet Potato Soup (see photo above), which I introduced her to when I took her for lunch to Homestead Heritage in Elm Mott, Texas a few years ago. I know she likes it, because she took her family back and got them hooked on it too.
I also made Italian Baked Chicken, which I knew she wouldn't eat, since she's mainly a vegetarian, but the rest of us did. It's an easy entree which I usually serve with wild rice, but today I made Oven Roasted Veggie Rice. I love roasted vegetables, and serving with a spiced rice could have been a main course in itself. It was very good.
Then, to make sure she was stuffed full of yumminess before she has to start her fasting, I made what I call Makes Me Go Weak in the Knees Brownies and served it with vanilla ice cream. I made these once years ago when we worked together, and she is still talking about them, so I knew she would be happy to see them rounding out tonight's menu.
I linked the recipes over at What's Cookin' Four Miles North of Nowhere.
I'm also linking to What's for Dinner Wednesday with Cath@Home. You can see her button in the right margin. :) Cath just moved to a farm in Tasmania, and it's Springtime there. Lately her photographs are giving me serious envy of her fruit orchard!