Occasionally, I manage to do something that works GREAT. It balances all those questionable things I do. This one was simple.
Boneless chicken breasts have been on sale over the past few weeks. Now, we all know that there’s an endless list of yummy recipes we can make with them, but since there’s not a huge amount of food consumed at my house, some of these had to be frozen.
Well, before I froze some of the chicken, I got the bright idea to poach it in chicken broth, and then cut it into bite-size pieces. I mixed the pieces with the chicken broth, and divided it among some freezer bags and then into the freezer. I figured the broth would help prevent freezer burn.
There was no real plan to use this, but there were definite possibilities.
Last night, when I returned home after 8, the challenge was to make dinner for the next two nights for the Alzheimer’s mom and the caregiver who gives my sister and me a couple of nights off. Chicken soup! I knew there was frozen chicken, and with fresh veggies, I figured I could pull this off fast.
Fresh mushrooms, summer squash, green and yellow beans, chopped tomato, carrots all went into a pot with a can of chicken broth. So did a jalapeno slit up the middle, but not through the stem [so I could pull it out easily]. And then the frozen chicken with broth.
When it boiled, I added some pastina for body.
In 30 short minutes, I ended up with about 2 quarts of REALLY YUMMY chicken vegetable soup. Very low-fat, VERY low-calorie, VERY healthy. Mom will enjoy it, maybe with an open faced toasted cheese. Whatever. It’ll work.
All I can say is: serendipity favors the prepared mind!