One young Catholic family on a Journey towards Intentional and Communal Sustainability. One Artist, one full time Mama and two babies, we'll tell you about all our successes, and failures, as we try to make it in our overly Consumeristic society on just the bare necessities.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Introducing "Yumbo"

Mommy Bowl and Toddler Bowl (half way through lunch when I thought to take a picture of them)
 Today we had Chicken and White Bean soup for lunch.  What a delicious idea!  Charlotte wants to share her new favorite dish with all our favorite readers.  Enjoy!
Mommy made soup for lunch

Let me think

I'll get this chunk of beans and meat right here...

Steady, steady...

Open wide!  I hope this is good.

Surprise!  Wow! This is YUMBO!

Getting every single drop

Keep licking, there might be more on there.

That was so good it deserves a smile- but not at the expense of getting that last drop.

Still smiling, still licking.  Really, there's more in your bowl, you know.

I think she'd rather have a straw.
Mommy Bowl and Toddler Bowl both empty- YUMBO!

By the way, those are some of Joey's bowls.  If you'd like a set yourself, you can order anything you want over at our Etsy store.

Yumbo Chicken and White Bean Soup
(serves 4 lunch portions, or stretch it to feed 6) 

1-2 Tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 small clove garlic, if desired, smashed.  I didn't use it this time, but would next time.
3 stalks of celery, chopped
handful of celery leaves, also chopped
about a cup of leftover roasted chicken.  We roast chickens whole and then leave the leftovers in the fridge for a weeks worth of meals like this.
3 cups of homemade chicken stock, or at least 1 cup stock and the rest water, or add water to make it stretch a little if you have more people.
2 cups of White Beans, soaked overnight in 4 cups of water
teaspoon salt, and some fresh ground pepper

Add to each bowl
1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
dollop of sour cream

Saute the onions and celery and celery leaves in the butter in a soup pot.  Add a pinch of salt after they've cooked for awhile, but not too soon or they'll just be soggy.  Add the garlic at the end and saute for a few minutes, but not too long.  You don't want it to brown.

Add chicken stock, chicken and any needed water to make the amount you'd like.  Add some ground pepper and let it cook for half an hour.  Add the beans, and cook 40 minutes to an hour, or until the beans are cooked but still firm.  Sprinkle parmesan and a dollap of sour cream on each bowl and enjoy!  YUMBO!

(**Yumbo was a term originally coined by Joey while Charlotte was beginning to eat solids, and we would use her Bumbo chair as a high chair.  Joey would sing Charlotte her Yumbos in the Bumbo song while he fed her her applesauce.**)

**This post was shared on Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday on 9/21/2011**


  1. Great site! You guys are going on an amazing adventure! Can't wait to continue reading more on all your different ideas for self sustainability!

  2. Thanks Conservamom! I checked out your blog too and was really enjoying what you have to say. When I get 5 more minutes, I hope to read more!

    Also, while we agree with a lot of what the "self sustainability" people have to say and are doing, we believe that as Catholics we have an obligation to live in society, in community specifically. But that doesn't mean that we have to rely on the society or community at large, and are attempting to become "communally sustainable". Not in the 1970's hippie sense of Commune, mind you. But for example- if I need my floors redone, I could choose to do them myself, with wood I cut down myself, plain myself, and finish myself (with varnish I somehow magically make myself?). OR I could hire my friend, who is a good Catholic, who could use material from local (possibly Catholic) sources. In this way, I am both supporting a fellow Catholic member of my community, as well as budgeting my own time in an appropriate way.