Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup is a Great DISH!

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It’s a tale as old as time.. or two years in March.

It just feels as old as time because it’s the classic family rescues dog, dog rescues family tale, and it’s probably my favorite kind of story – always sure to draw tears. Athena is my best friend, and she has been a huge part of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to be active. Four months in, I’m proud to say that we hike together at least 3-5 times a week, sometimes more, but never less. I also take her to the vet and my heart is warmed when she’s getting annual shots and then leaps into my arms – so happy to be together again. We’ve had her for two years since March. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had been given a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning in March, 2014. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work. Luckily I had my camera ready even though I had no idea what was about to change.

As Athena’s primary caregiver, especially during the week, choosing what to feed her is more than a grocery checklist – it’s an act of love. I picked her up the new DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® dry dog food when I was at Target recently.

Inspired by her very own kitchen, the DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® dry dog food line features whole ingredients you can see for a whole taste your dog will love. DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats your dog to flavors and ingredients your human family already knows and loves. We have DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit.

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®began making super-premium food and treats for dogs in 2007. With help from pet nutrition experts, she was inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. The brand was excited to grow into the world of cat food in 2014, because whether intended for dogs or cats, these wonderful pet food recipes are made with simple and wholesome ingredients, like real meal or fish. They do not contain any poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real U.S. farm raised beef or chicken is always the #1 ingredient, and you’ll never find any corn, wheat, soy, gluten, poultry-by-product meal, fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, or artificial flavors on the recipe label. What WILL you find? Whole ingredients you can see, like slow-roasted chicken, carrots, peas, potatoes and apples. DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® comes in DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit and you can buy DISH Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken.

DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® is made for dogs of all sizes.

With Athena eating so well, it’s only fair that the humans of the family eat so well too, right? While we DON’T eat Athena’s food, I made up for it by making a Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup yesterday, as we all kicked some early spring colds.

What You Need:

Two options – either 6 cups of organic chicken broth OR from scratch:
(1 chicken, 1 onion, 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 6 sprigs parsley, 1 sprig thyme, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 bay leaves)
Juice of one lemon, with the option to use the zest too
1 bay leaf
1 cup of peeled and chopped carrots
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
2 cups of egg noodles (I used whole wheat)
2 cups of diced rotisserie chicken – I used white breast meat
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/4 chop of fresh parsley
Kosher salt for taste

What You Do:

1. If you choose to make your own chicken broth, place everything mentioned above in a large soup pot, cover with four inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for one our, and then pull the meat off the chicken. Strain the solids from the broth and throw them away. I like to let the broth cool in the fridge overnight and skim off any fat before using.

2. In a large soup pot, bring the chicken broth (6 cups of store-bought or homemade), the lemon juice and optional zest, and bay leaf to a boil over medium high heat.

3. Add the chopped carrots and celery to the mixture and simmer for about ten minutes.

4. Add the two cups of egg noodles and cook for about five minutes. Stir.

5. Add the chopped chicken and heat it through – about 3-5 minutes.

6. Remove the bay leaf and discard.

7. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, and the salt. Serve and enjoy!

Visit this store locator, and see where you can buy DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®.

Ready to make the switch with a coupon? Make sure you gradually introduce the food by incorporating it into your current dog food over the course of 7-10 days. Slowly replace your dog’s current food with DISH until it’s completely switched over.

Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $10MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.

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  1. Oh my word, that lemon chicken soup sounds like just what I need right now- I bet the flavors really shine. And how adorable was that gotcha story? Athena makes the perfect addition to your family! #client

    1. They do! Something about the lemon zest. I did use it for mine yesterday and it’s a taste quite unlike my grandmother’s chicken soup. It’s got a little more pep.
      Anyway, why is winter hanging on where I live?? Oh well. At least Athena gets good food, and so do we.

  2. Kevin, loves lemon chicken as his mom made this dish for him growing up and probably still his favorite. That said, I am going to have to make your lemon chicken soup for him now soon!! 😉

    1. Same here. Cassidy’s grandmother taught him an incredible recipe, and it’s basically our end-all. I thought about sharing it but wanted to do my own. Makes me happy Kevin knows about lemon chicken. It was my first time making chicken soup with citrus. Totally changed the taste!
      I’ll make it for you two, should I ever be lucky for the chance!

  3. I’ve had lemon chicken and chicken noodle soup but never lemon chicken noodle soup. That is very interesting indeed. Now I have to make this for sure!! As for my dogs, I feed them something totally different but my cats love Rachel Ray’s cat food!

    1. Penny loves her cat food too!
      Ok, so I had never had this either. It’s such a different flavor than standard chicken soup. It helps my allergies a lot!

  4. Aw that sweet and sassy warrior dog of yours! Only the best for best friends like that. I would have never thought to put lemon in chicken noodle soup. but I like it. It got cold here this weekend, well for Southern AZ standards, but I am really wanting some homemade soup this week. So this looks like a winner!

    1. Exactly! Athena deserves the very best.
      I honestly had never had soup like this until I made it. It was unique!
      And it was 57 here today which is considered warm for here. Brr…

  5. I’m glad Athena found you guys! <3 My fur-baby is my bff too. I know that when my boys turn into teens and stop loving me, at least my fur-baby still will.

    1. Thank you! It’s so good! I loved your post about the smart boots. Having just spent even a mild winter, being cold, I’m in. I couldn’t figure out how to comment but I wanted you to know I shared the post.

  6. Pet and people both deserve healthy, comfort food! I was at Target today and saw that they’re carrying pet food in the refrigerator section now. Soon my cats will eat better than I do 🙂

  7. I have had lemon chicken and chicken noodle soup but never lemon chicken noodle soup. That is very interesting indeed. Now I have to make this for sure!! As for my dogs.

    1. Same here! I had never had it, somehow. It’s definitely a unique taste but I like it. I think it’s been helping my spring allergies. Either that or the rain has!

  8. You guys and Athena were meant for each other – simple as that. Such fun photos, too.
    Mmmhmm, that chicken soup looks divine. Guess what? Just tonight I made chicken broth and will have some soup tomorrow – coincidence 🙂

    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. This crummy weather needs soup. I actually think it’s either the soup or the weather – one is helping my spring allergies. I don’t usually get them this bad.

  9. Ooh I could totally make that chicken noodle soup! Looks awesome and something we should probably make while it’s still not blazing hot yet.

  10. Yummy soup!!! I plan on swapping out my salads for lunch for more soups. It’s still cool here off and on so I need some soup to keep me warm until the warm temps are consistent.

  11. Chicken soup is one of my favorite meals to warm up with! I have been hearing a lot about this dog food and may have to try it! I love that the proceeds help rescue animals.

  12. I’ve told you before – but Athena is the most gorgeous dog! And so photogenic, which is perfect for you, of course :)! You were meant to be together. Lemon in anything is delicious!

    1. Thank you! She’s a pretty little thing. People always smile at her at the dog park.
      Lemon is seriously awesome for my allergies this week. I had no idea!

  13. I love “Family saves dog/dog saves family” stories–they are my absolutely favorite 🙂 Also Athena is such an incredibly gorgeous pup. SO pretty.

    I have fed my dogs Nutrish before and they love it! Will have to look for this next time–we try not to change up Buster’s diet too much, because he’s older, but we can always supplement with some wet food now and then 🙂 XOXO

    1. Thanks! We love her so.
      I understand about Buster. It’s not always an easy transition to changing their food. Athena seems to love it but we’ve been using it for about a year.

    1. I love her so much! She’s a sweet foxy little dog.
      I was really surprised by the lemon factor. It’s a unique taste and not for everyone (read: Scarlet) but I loved it! And.. dairy free, I think!

  14. The soup sounds delicious! I will have to be on the look out for that dog food. My dog is not really eating the one that he is on now unless he is really hungry.

    1. Same here before this! My dog is a grazer by nature, but switching the food has helped to remind her it’s meal time! She’s like a cat sometimes.

  15. I remember back in high school I got REALLY BAD food poisoning… But what helped SO SO SO SO SO SO much was the chicken soup my mom made me – AKA: chicken broth with hunks of chicken in it. My mom was such a chef, LOL… But it worked and it’s total COMFORT FOOD now!

    Funnily and stupidly enough, I ate the SAME THING that got me sick the first go-round a few weeks later and BAM, food poisoning AGAIN… Bring on the soup!

    1. Ugh! I’m sorry to hear that!! Food poisoning twice sounds awful. As it was, I once got it from mall Chinese food. Let us never speak of that experience again..

  16. Oh I loved reading the adoption story, Tamara, it warmed my heart!!! And kudos to you for getting on all those weekly hikes, I’m so impressed! Something I hope to be doing more when this weather turns:-)

  17. Yeah, I had one dog, my first when I left home to be on my own, a 90 lb German Shepherd. That dog knew everything about me and shared so many adventures with me! I’ll never forget that last day when I went for a ride on my horse with him happily running along, playfully. When we got home, he just lay down and died as I held him. He gave me a little bite on my hand, I like to think as something to remember him by. Cried when I dug his grave in the yard and buried him. I believe one should bury their own dog.

    1. Aw.. I know it. My parents had their neighbor bury two of their dogs over the last several decades. He did a good job. It was too much for them. I love German Shepherds. Saw one yesterday on my hike and he was so beautiful.

  18. Mmmm! Chicken noodle soup is so comforting. Lemon chicken is also one of our favorite meals, so it seem so natural that lemon would also be a delicious addition to chicken noodle soup.

    1. See I had never had it until I made it! Apparently lemon chicken is a thing! The taste was different for me but it makes me feel so good.

  19. Thank you for the Chicken Noodle Soup recipe! I’ve never tried a soup–can you believe that? Something about all that liquid is highly intimidating for me and this is coming from someone who can bake pretty much anything. Love that Athena is eating properly too, as she should as a important part of the family.

    1. It was my first time making soup, but I have to admit that I always thought it was above my league. Way above my league. Like only chefs could do it. I was refreshingly wrong!

  20. I can’t believe that you’ve had Athena for 2 years now! Your chicken noodle coup looks delicious. Everyone’s sniffling and coughing up a storm! I’m hoping that it’s just allergies but I think that we need some of your soup in our house!

    1. The flu itself is still going around! It’s here until May, the doctors say. We’ve been lucky but I am holding my breath for Scarlet to get home from school and then be germ-free for spring break! Get away from those schools, kid!

  21. Yep I saying the same as Christine. ^_^ I read that and said, “TWO years!?” Wow. I love re-reading how Cassidy surprised you with Athena. She is such a sharp looking dog. As for the soup that one of those things that I am lazy about making no matter how easy the recipe is. I think it’s the “chopping”.

    1. It’s shocking to me too. I still think of Athena as a puppy. But she’s a toddler!
      I’m so lazy, I never realized people could just make soup.. on their own. I thought it was like my grandmother said – days long, with blood, sweat and tears!

  22. I don’t think I’ve seen that dog food before — in Canada. Of course we are a different breed up here.
    Champ has his special old folk stuff but that does look like it would be a good brand for pooch’s.
    Athena is one lucky gal.

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