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Rich Chicken Stew

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Rich Chicken Stew

This is delightful over egg noodles.

8 servings, generous 3/4 cup each
•1 pound mushrooms, stems trimmed, caps wiped clean
•1/2 cup finely chopped shallots, (2 large)
•2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1/2 cup water, divided
•4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1 cup thinly sliced carrots, (1 large)
•1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
•2 bay leaves
•2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut in 2-inch chunks
•2 1/4-inch-thick lemon slices, (including peel), seeded
•1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
•2 tablespoons cornstarch
•1/4 cup whipping cream
•2 tablespoons lemon juice
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•Freshly ground pepper, to taste
•1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, rinsed under cold water to thaw
•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1.Combine mushrooms, shallots, oil and 1/4 cup water in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are juicy, 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth, carrots, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil.

2.Place chicken in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and lay lemon slices on top. Turn heat to high. Carefully pour in the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

3.With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a bowl; discard bay leaves and lemon slices. Skim fat and pour the juices into a large saucepan; add lemon zest. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes.

4.Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add cream and lemon juice; stir until boiling. Return the chicken and vegetables to the sauce and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

Simmered Stew variation: Total: 1 1/2 hours In Step 1, use only 1 1/2 cups broth. In Step 2, add chicken, lemon slices and lemon zest to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 45 minutes. Discard lemon slices and bay leaves. Omit Step 3. Continue with Step 4, cooking everything in the Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Tips & Notes

•Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 up to adding the peas and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, and reheat on the stovetop, in a microwave or in the oven; just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

 

 

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Rich Chicken Stew

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday!

It may be nearly Spring, but it still feels like winter here. Soup is a favorite food of mine. Here is a recipe that can be prepared ahead.

Rich Chicken Stew

This is delightful over egg noodles.

8 servings, generous 3/4 cup each | hours

Ingredients
•1 pound mushrooms, stems trimmed, caps wiped clean
•1/2 cup finely chopped shallots, (2 large)
•2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
•1/2 cup water, divided
•4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
•1 cup thinly sliced carrots, (1 large)
•1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
•2 bay leaves
•2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut in 2-inch chunks
•2 1/4-inch-thick lemon slices, (including peel), seeded
•1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
•2 tablespoons cornstarch
•1/4 cup whipping cream
•2 tablespoons lemon juice
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•Freshly ground pepper, to taste
•1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, rinsed under cold water to thaw
•1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. Combine mushrooms, shallots, oil and 1/4 cup water in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are juicy, 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth, carrots, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil.

2. Place chicken in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker and lay lemon slices on top. Turn heat to high. Carefully pour in the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

3. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a bowl; discard bay leaves and lemon slices. Skim fat and pour the juices into a large saucepan; add lemon zest. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add cream and lemon juice; stir until boiling. Return the chicken and vegetables to the sauce and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in peas and parsley. Simmered Stew variation: Total: 1 1/2 hours In Step 1, use only 1 1/2 cups broth. In Step 2, add chicken, lemon slices and lemon zest to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 45 minutes. Discard lemon slices and bay leaves. Omit Step 3. Continue with Step 4, cooking everything in the Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

Tips & Notes

•Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 up to adding the peas and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, and reheat on the stovetop, in a microwave or in the oven; just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

Vegetable Lover’s Chicken Soup

Classic comfort food is yours, in just slightly more than half an hour. Serve with some crusty whole-grain bread and top with grated Romano or Parmesa

via Vegetable Lover\’s Chicken Soup.

Vegetable Lover’s Chicken Soup

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/vegetable_lovers_chicken_soup.html

From EatingWell:  December 2006, EatingWell Serves Two

Classic comfort food is yours, in just slightly more than half an hour. Serve with some crusty whole-grain bread and top with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.

2 servings, 2 cups each | Active Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces chicken tenders, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 small zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons orzo, or other tiny pasta, such as farfelline
  • 1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add zucchini, shallot, Italian seasoning and salt and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, wine and orzo (or other tiny pasta); increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the pasta is tender, about 8 minutes, or according to package directions. Stir in spinach, the cooked chicken and any accumulated juices from the chicken; cook, stirring, until the chicken is heated through, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving : 261 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 5 g Mono; 72 mg Cholesterol; 12 g Carbohydrates; 31 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 335 mg Sodium; 483 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 1/2 very lean meat, 1/2 fat

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Hearty Beef Soup

Welcome to Freezer Food Friday.

Today I have a simple soup that can be made for dinner and the leftovers frozen OR freeze individual servings for later use.

Share your recipe and link it below.

 

Hearty Beef Soup

1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cans Ranch beans
3 cans minestrone soup
3 cans water (use minestrone soup can)
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 medium onion

Sauté onion and ground beef in large pot. Add Rotel tomatoes, Ranch beans, minestrone soup and water. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until hot on medium heat.

Makes enough for eight. You can also freeze the soup in individual containers to reheat later.

“Homemade” Mexican Soup

I am using leftover Thanksgiving turkey and tossing this in the crockpot:  

 “Homemade” Mexican Soup

1. Pour two 32-oz. cartons of chicken broth into a pot.

2. Buy one of those roasted chickens at the supermarket, take all the meat off, and dump it into the pot.

3. Add two cans of cannellini beans, a big jar of salsa verde, and some cumin.  Let it sit on the stove for an hour.

Bacon Corn Chowder

Here is a recipe that can be prepared and the leftovers frozen ( or prepare a batch just for the freezer ). Share your freezer recipe and link it below!

 

Bacon Corn Chowder

Prep: 10 min.
Cook: 25 min.

6 bacon strips, diced
3/4 cup diced celery
1 small onion, diced
1 cup diced uncooked potato
1 cup water
1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a saucepan, cook bacon, celery and onion over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until bacon is cooked; drain. Add potato and water.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through (do not boil).

Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

Yield: 4 servings

Pasta Fagioli Soup Slow Cooker Recipe From Crock-Pot

Pasta Fagioli Soup Slow Cooker Recipe From Crock-Pot

Today I have this in my crockpot, although I used Sweet Italian sausage instead of the ground beef.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

 

15 ounces Great Northern beans

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained

1 onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

20 ounces condensed beef broth

29 ounces canned whole tomatoes

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 cups macaroni, cooked

 

 

1.Combine all ingredients, except pasta in the stoneware.

 

2.Cover; cook on Low 8 to 10 hours or on High 4 to 6 hours.

 

3.Add the pasta 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

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