Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Simple, Filling, and Frugal Meal

One day last week I made my chicken rice casserole and then on another day I made some plain rice as a side. I did not use all the package of chicken when making the casserole so I cooked it to have as chicken sandwiches for lunch on another day. So Sunday night rolls around and I have just a small portion leftover of the casserole, some of the plain rice leftover and some of the cooked chicken breasts leftover! Despite the fact that it was 80° outside I decided to fix a light dinner of chicken rice soup using up those leftovers in the fridge. To make the meal a little more substantial, I fixed mini grilled cheese sandwiches using two of the mini loaves of bread that I had put in the freezer during my baking day last week.

Here is the recipe for the soup if I were going to make it from scratch! Using the leftovers that I had on hand, I just had to add 2 cans of chicken broth, 1 can of water, 1 can cream of chicken soup(because of using the plain rice), more cooked carrots, and spices to taste.

Chicken Rice Soup

6 cups chicken broth
4-5 carrots, cooked and diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/2 can milk(I use the cream of chicken soup can for my measuring cup!)
3-4 cups of water
5-6 cups of cooked rice
2 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. minced onion
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 tsp. poultry seasoning

Put all the ingredients together in a stockpot and simmer for an hour for the flavors to blend. OR you can put it altogether in the crockpot on low for 3-4 hours.

Taking the bread out of the freezer, I thawed in the microwave just enough to slice it into thin slices. I was able to get 7 sandwiches out of each loaf of bread. I used 1/2 of a slice of Kraft American cheese slices on each sandwich. I much prefer mild cheddar cheese slices for my grilled cheese sandwiches but I did not have any on hand!

I used this recipe and just used the dough cycle...

Honey Oatmeal Bread (breadmachine)

11 1/2 ounces(1 1/4 cup + 3tbsp.) water (80°F)

3 tablespoons honey
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 cup oats, (quick or old fashioned)
2 tablespoons dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast(can be used in the breadmachine)
2 teaspoons bread machine/fast rise yeast

Place in bread machine in order starting with water and ending with yeast.Basic Bread Setting, unless using fast rise yeast then you can do Basic Rapid Bread Setting. Makes 2lb loaf

***If you want rolls instead of a loaf of bread, place the bread machine on dough setting. After the cycle is done, take the dough out of the machine and make into 12-24 balls(depending on what size rolls you would like) place into a greased pan. Or for mini loaves divide evenly into 4 balls and roll out into a log and place in a greased loaf pan. Let rise til double in size(45 minutes-1 hour). Bake in oven at 350° for 15-20 minutes or til golden brown.

Using leftovers out of the fridge, what I had on hand in the pantry, and what I had stored away in the freezer, I was able to make a simple, filling, frugal dinner meal for us in about a half hour.

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The Desperate Cook said...

Your soup...and your bread look really good. I love homemade bread.
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Jerralea said...

Good job using up the leftovers. This is an area I really need help in!

Your bread looks good, too.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Thanks for the recipes andjoining us for the TMTT anniversary today.

Brenda said...

I love it when I can combine leftovers to make a new meal.

Jessica said...

I LOVE soup! I am going to have to try this!!

Nicole Feliciano said...

That bread caught my attention. I tried my hand at Soft Shell Crabs this week. Hope you'll stop by the recipe exchange here:


Heather Solos said...

I think I'll try your Honey Oatmeal Bread. I can't stand my machine (hand me down), but your recipe looks like a great starting point. Thanks!