Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chicken and Rice - What to do with the Leftovers

My friend Heidi and I have a standing weekly date to have dinner at one of our houses.  With her kids and mine we are five (sometimes six) people all together.  Last night it was my turn to host.  I didn't have a lot in the house, but I did have a ton of chicken stock that needed to be used up, a chicken breast, and some veggies.  So we decided on chicken soup.
She stopped at the store on her way home to pick up mir pois (the classic trio of onion, carrots and celery) and a baguette and I got the pot boiling ready to receive it all.  When I started to put the soup together, I felt a bit like Remy in Ratatouille running around the kitchen throwing in this and that and by God, it was really good!

8 cups (two boxes) chicken stock
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped carrot
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 large garlic clove
2 cups collard greens, chopped
1 chicken breast, boned, skinned and cubed
1 sprig rosemary (~ 1 tbsp)
5 large basil leaves, torn into pieces
Leftover Chicken and Rice
Salt & Pepper

Bring the chicken stock to a boil, add all of the veggies (except the greens), herbs, and chicken and let it cook for a while.  While that's happening, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a sautée pan and fry up those greens a bit to start them cooking*.  After the chicken is well cooked, dump in the leftovers and the greens, let it all heat up a bit and serve.


*This was a last minute stroke of genius, if I may say so myself.  I had forgotten that I had them in the fridge and knew that they wouldn't cook enough in time to get dinner on the table, so I started the cooking process in a Med-High sautée pan.  The results were great!  Really flavorful and the kids downed it!  Another great and easy way to get healthy foods into your child's diet.  Yay!

Mom's Tip
Soups are a really easy and tasty way to get your kiddos to eat vegetables.  They are in small bites, they are soft and sweet, and they are swimming in all of their vitamins and minerals.

Tasty ways to spruce up soup?
- Garlic bread for dipping
- Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top
- Dabs of hot sauce
You name it!


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