Mama Minute: Leftover Soup

Back in the day when I was living home with my mama, I had a friend over while my mom was about to cook dinner.When I looked in the fridge there was nothing in the fridge. NOTHING!My mama started pulling stuff out and throwing it in a pot.My friend looked at me like what is she doing throwing all that stuff in there. Ugh!My mama made soup and my friend never stopped talking about it.She would always ask,

Did your mama make some more soup?

Who would have thought some so delicious came from absolutely nothing.

Well, this weekend while cleaning out the fridge I found some food that I wasn’t willing to part with yet. Hubby cooked dinner this week and there was leftover stuffed chicken and diced potatoes from that meal. Also, there were some leftover mashed potatoes and corn on the cob from one of the meals I cooked. I chopped up the chicken, removed the corn from the cob and threw it in the crock pot. Threw in about 1 to 2 cups of water and a big’ole tablespoon of Better than Bouillon flavoring and let it cook on high for about an hour.

Making soups in my house is something I do frequently.One of the reason I make soup often, is so that my husband can take it to work with him in the morning and have it with his muffins/bread and coffee. The Leftover Soup I made from the leftovers in fridge was exactly what my husband is taking with him this week.

Before you toss the leftovers in the fridge, try using it to make some Leftover Soup. If you don’t own a crock pot, toss it in a pot and cook it on simmer for about an hour.

The next thing I did was put the soup in some small storage containers to go.You can use your soup for now or place it in the fridge for future consumption.

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Have you made a pot of soup lately?The season is about to change and nothing like a good’ole bowl of soup.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Cooking Channel: Chicken & Broccoli Soup Recipe (Video Included)

It’s still a bit chili here in the Chi-Town area and I look for any excuse to cook up a pot of soup. A few of the many reasons I enjoy cooking soup…

Chicken & Broccoli Soup

  1. They’re stress free to cook.
  2. There’s a million and one varieties of soup.
  3. We always have leftovers.
  4. Can freeze for later.
  5. It’s warming to your cold freak’n soul when it’s 0 below outside!

This Chicken & Broccoli soup recipe you can print out for later or watch along with the video that’s embedded below at the very end of this post.

Let’s get this soup started, right!

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs. Chicken Tenders cut into small cube size pieces

2 cups Broccoli Florets

1 large Chopped Onion

64 oz. Chicken Broth

Rosemary

Basil

Bay Leaves

Old Bay Seasoning

1/4 cup flour & water (at the end to thicken your soup)

Chicken & Broccoli Soup Ingredients

 

We’re going to start off with a nice size pot or stockpot to cook our soup in.  Add in some Olive Oil and allow it to heat without burning.

Chicken & Broccoli Soup Stockpot with olive oil

While your olive oil is heating we’re going to season our chicken with the Old Bay season, Basil & Rosemary and mix it up well.

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Now, we’re going to add our onions to the pot.
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Sauteed your onions and allow them to get beautifully golden brown around the edges.

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Once your onions have become translucent in color we’re going to add the chicken and allow it to cook thoroughly.

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Now it’s time to add in our chicken broth.

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Stir it in, place lid on pot and allow it to come to a full boil.

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Once it’s reached a full boil turn the heat down low and allow it to simmer 1 hour.  After your soup has simmered for one hour we’re going to add in the broccoli.  Stir in your broccoli and place lid back on pot and allow it to cook for another 20 minutes.

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When those 20 minutes are up we’re going to add in something to thicken up our soup.  I use a flour and water mixture.  Take 1/4 cup flour…

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and add 1/4 cup of cold water.

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When I add my water to my mixture I add it gradually.  If the paste is too thick I add more water until I get it the proper consistency.  Like the paste below is too thick.

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so I added more water

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Stir it up well and try to remove as many lumps as possible.

 

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Next add it to your soup and stir in continuously.  This will make sure that it doesn’t clump up in your soup.

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At this time we’re going to add in 2 Bay Leaves.  You’re going to also taste your broth and see do you need to add in any of those previous ingredients.  If so, add them in at this time to taste, cover with lid and cook for 10 additional minutes, turn off eye and allow to rest.

Last thing to do is to serve up some of this warm deliciousness.

Chicken & Broccoli Soup

 

What’s one of your favorite soups this time of year?

 

Here’s the video I promised that you can feel free to watch and/or cook along with.

Nicole

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Just what the doctor ordered

When I’m feeling a little under the weather and the weather won’t give us a break.

Cuddling with this little fella and a nice homemade pot of soup always does the trick.

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Chicken & Acorn Squash Soup

A few weeks ago I made Chicken & Acorn Squash Soup. I had some acorn squash that had been around since going grocery shopping and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I tend to buy them often and they’re usually the last to get used. When I made it the first time I didn’t write down any directions, I just went at it. Last week I made it again and wrote step by step instructions.

Ingredients:

1 bag chicken breast (cut in half as if your doing a butterfly cut and cut into cubes)

3 Small Acorn Squash

2 tsp. Lemon Pepper

Olive Oil (lightly coat bottom of pot)

1 Bell Pepper

1 tbs. Ginger

4 Cloves Crushed Garlic

1 Chopped Onion

4 Chopped Scallions

64 oz. Chicken Broth

1/4 tsp. Curry Powder

1/4 tsp. Jamaica Allspice

1/4 tsp. Ground Tumeric

2 tbs. Fresh Chopped Parsley

1 tsp. Cilantro

1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper

 

Take your chicken breast cut in half and then cut in cubes.  Chicken breast tend to be a little dry so cutting them in small pieces helps eliminate that for me.  Next, I seasoned them with lemon pepper, poured olive oil in my pan (allow to heat up) followed by the seasoned chicken.  Oh, I have a new Le Creuset so that’s two down and who knows how many to go.

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Once the chicken was done I threw in the bell pepper, crushed ginger (fresh), crushed garlic, onion, chopped scallions and let cook for 5 minutes.

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After that has cooked for 5- 10 minutes or until onions are translucent, pour in chicken broth and stir.  Follow up with these  ingredients… curry, Jamaican Allspice, Ground Tumeric, Chopped Fresh Parsley,  Cilantro and Crushed Red Pepper.

Preparation of Acorn Squash

Lastly, you’re going to add the pureed Acorn Squash, but first let me tell you how I prepared the acorn squash.  I began by poking holes in the squash with a fork, placed it in the microwave in 10 minute or until it’s soft.  Next, I peeled the squash,  separated and disposed the seeds.  This time I made the soup I pureed the squash, but the first time I made it I didn’t.  I put it in the soup and as it softened I used a potato masher to mash it.  Depending on the texture you want your soup you can do either procedure.  If you want more of a stew consistency, mash it instead of puree.

After I  pureed the squash I poured it in the pot, stirred and let simmer for 45 minutes.

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Made up a batch of cornbread an you can find that recipe here.

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Nothing left to do, but enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole

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The Cooking Channel:Got oxtails? Will travel.


Don’t know I’d I shared this vid before, but thought it was appropriate since we’re talking about oxtails.

We’re on the road this morning to go to the meat market for oxtails.  Well, not in that order.  Going to visit my grandma today and she lives a few miles from the meat market we used to go to when we lived in the city. 

My grandmother had surgery over a month ago. So, I’ve been going to visit her every week.  Every week I say I’m going to go to the meat market,but I’ll wait until the last minute to think about. 

I’m ready today! 

Not sure if you eat oxtail and if you do, you know that they’re very expensive.  When I purchase them from the grocery store, they come in a small pack with about 8 variety pieces of oxtail and they cost over $8.00.  In order to get a nice pot of soup, I have to get 3-4 packs. That’s some expensive soup. 

When I get them from the meat market, I pick out a tail, take it to the butcher and he’ll cut it the thickness I prefer. Which is usually small because when they’re thick they tend to be slightly tougher. In actuality that doesn’t seem to be a problem, I marinate they heck out of those suckers! 

Alright, gotta go. Is there anything you’ve had to make plans to go buy because maybe they didn’t have it in your area?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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