All posts for the month December, 2015

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Published December 17, 2015 by Jayashiangel

The other night we took my daughter out for her birthday dinner early to Outback it was our first time there. They had a nice 4 course meal for $14.99=soup/salad/entree/dessert which was pretty good deal. She tried for the first time chicken tortilla soup and really liked it trust me this is a shock since she is very picky. So I went online and looked for a recipe that looked close to what we had that night…First issue was the soup we had was thin w/ a few tomatoes so looking online all the recipes showed chunks of chicken, black beans and corn w/ lots of spices. Well I decided on one for her and I also winged it knowing that she doesn’t like spicy food so I cut the chili powder and added extra green chilies for flavor as they tend to be not as spicy and used lots of black pepper to create then spicy/heat for her since that is spicy to her . I used a mixture of this recipe and my what I had on hand to create this soup along with what I knew my daughter would eat and it came out great….

Chicken-Tortilla Soup

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 cup chopped onion- I used green onions

2 garlic cloves, minced-I used roasted cloves

1 cups shredded chicken- roto chicken meat

1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn

1/4 cup dry white wine-Skipped

1 tablespoon  jalapeño pepper-used green chilies from can

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili powder-used half since mine was hot chili powder

2 (32 oz) chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can Rotel tomatoes, undrained

half a can of tomato paste

1 can of black beans

Sour Cream and Tortilla Chips if desired

Heated oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes. Stir in chicken and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Ladle soup into bowls; top with tortilla chips and sour cream.

My DD loved this and I was able to freeze 4 containers for meal later and severed her one large bowl for dinner :O) I forgot to get a pictures but I have a few of it frozen I added the chicken at the time of serving since it was already cooked and didn’t want to over cook it…

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K.I.S.S. Cowl

Published December 10, 2015 by Jayashiangel

I had a request from a co-worker for something to keep his neck warm when he is riding his motorcycle here in the winter time we get chilly but no snow here in the Phoenix area…So I whipped this up and it was just perfect he said and he requested another along w/ a matching hat..

Measurements are 12 inches  x 20 inches long before folding to seam up to create the tube like effect.

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Bulk Cooking-Meat

Published December 4, 2015 by Jayashiangel

As you know I try to bulk cook items that I use regularly that make meal prep on nights when I am in not in the mood to cook or when I just need something perfect for my lunch. This week I did some extra bulk cooking of a few meals w/ ground chicken and stir fry chicken breasts the total price was less than $30 for 4 packages of ground chicken breast/1 package of ground turkey and 2 packages of stir fry chicken strips.This was on my shopping day Tuesday..

First I made up taco meat I used 2 packages yielded 8 meals of taco meat=.5 cups per container time less than 1 hours to cook/cool-portion out-label-freeze.  Dinners that night was made from the remaining taco meat…. win win…Tuesday night….

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The next day was making stir fry bowls used the 2 package I bought and grilled it on my George Grill as it yields less grease when cooking vs frying in a skillet. My DD doesn’t like all the veggie and extra stuff in her rice bowls so I make portion control container w/ what she likes .Made up a big batch of white rice using my steamer to create these bowls and to freeze the extra white rice for random use later. Yielded 5 extra bowls of plain rice and 4 container Chicken & Rice bowls for DD in to the freezer and 2 dinners that night… This was Wednesday Day

Chicken Bowl Clips

Plus leftover chicken which was used the next day for breakfast w/ some various toppings to create 2 quesadillas..(cheese/jalapenos/chicken breast/green onions/fired roasted peppers) Thursday Morning

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Then on Thursday morning I whipped up 2 batches of homemade meatloaf using 2 package of ground chicken breast and one package of turkey breast (this allows for not so dry of a loaf :O) ) since chicken breast can be dry w/ limited fat . This went into to the oven around 11 am and was done later after I had cleaning the house and did 2 loads of laundry..It cooled and I was able to slice it up and place onto baggies for grabbing later for meals it yielded me 5 baggies (2 pieces) per baggie…2 extra pieces became dinner then night :O) w/ broccoli from the freezer..

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Now I have lots of meals in my freezer and I was able to do this on my 3 days off I have done this all in one day before as well but I prefer to stretching my time (so I don’t spend all day in the kitchen)