Staying Occupied: Making Soup

In my goal to shop local, I purchased a Lemon & Herb chicken from Tony & Claudia’s Fallingbrook Market. This chicken was so good! Our family of three got two full meals out of it and there were still leftovers.

Given the amount of flavour, I decided that it would make an excellent stock for soup. So after our second dinner, I put the bones, skin, a few cloves of garlic and a mirepoix into a pot and let it go at low for several hours.

After the broth cooled nicely in the fridge, I skimmed off any excess fat. This is always easiest to do when it is cold … the fat solidifies (science lesson for the kiddos here!). I then strained off the broth and disregarded the rest.

It was time to build soup. In a large pot, I melted garlic butter and then softened some more mirepoix. I buy mirepoix – cubed celery, onion and carrot – frozen from the grocery store. So much easier than doing the work myself. Added a carrot, a cup of peas, and 3/4 cup of corn. The leftover chicken got cubed and added; homemade broth was added on top (plus a little water). The last ingredient was 3/4 cup of rice – you can either cook it in the soup or cook separately and toss in later. I also added a little salt, pepper, dried basil, and bay leaves.

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Then I just let it cook to bring all the flavours together. This isn’t really a recipe but a throw-what-you-have-into-the-pot soup.

I’m impressed by how far one chicken spread out:

  1. Chicken dinner with rice and salad
  2. Chicken dinner (again) with rice and salad
  3. Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner – Do you see it in my title picture? We use our waffle maker to grill our sandwiches!
  4. Soup with baguette for lunch
  5. AND I’m dropping off a container for my parents for their dinner. I’m dropping groceries to them tomorrow so this serving has been frozen.

That’s FIVE meals! My budget likes meals like this.

Please share how you are staying occupied and/or items you are cooking in your kitchen. You can respond to this post or reach out through Social Media.

There are now three summary posts with helpful links: Staying Occupied posts, Helpful Links for Families, and Fitness links to keep you healthy.

Note: This series was created due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. I hope that despite all the closures and the crazy grocery store lines, you can still find opportunities to stay calm, enjoy the extra time with your loved ones, organize the areas that need to be addressed, and find something (book, movie, craft) to bring you enthusiasm. Choose to be as balanced as possible and stay healthy.

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