It’s just about time to start the maple sugaring process! It’s below freezing at night and warm enough to open the windows during the day, which means the sap is running!!!
I worked diligently to get this done. It’s so important to tap your trees at just the right time. Not too early as you run the risk of hurting your trees and not too late as you’ll miss out on that gorgeous light amber syrup you’ll get from properly timed sap.
When I was all finished with this project, I couldn’t help but feel that spring is finally getting closer. I opened up more of my fist floor windows and got to cleaning.
You know… That deep clean that leaves you feeling 10 lbs lighter after getting rid of winters dirt and dust.
A light and bright meal was just the thing we needed after that beautiful glimpse into a new season quietly knocking at our door.
When I think of spring, I think of lemon. I just love the favor of lemon and the shinny punch it can add to a dish.
When your ready to make this soup or any meal with chicken really, it’ll be there waiting, moist, perfectly cooked and ready to shred.
Lemon Chicken Soup with Pearled Israeli Couscous|
30 minutes, serves 6-8
- 2-3 c cooked and shredded chicken (slow cooked or rotisserie)
- 1 box of pearled Israeli Couscous, cooked
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 4 c chicken broth
- 1/4 c parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsbp chopped parsley
Cook the couscous per package instructions and set aside.
Over medium high heat, sauté your onion in the olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until slightly translucent. Add in the garlic and lemon zest and whisk it around for another minute.
Next, add the chicken broth and give it a good stir.
Add your chicken and lemon juice to the pot.
Fluff up your couscous to prevent them from sticking to one another and then add it all in.
Stir in your parmesan cheese, and give it a taste to see if you’d like any salt and pepper.
Serve it with a garnish of parsley and maybe a bit more lemon.
If your anything like me, you’ll want another fresh squeeze!
It’s so so good!!!