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….
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…
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.
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….
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
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
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..
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)