Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chicken Soup for My Soul

Chicken Soup for My Soul

Not long ago I posted about my financial woes and how I'm trying very hard to plan meals and shop with a list. Well tonight was definitely one of those nights. I had some chicken stock and celery left over from Thanksgiving so I thought this would be the perfect time to try to make homemade chicken soup. The thing that I'm loving the most about being gluten free is cooking! Now that I'm actually forced to put the effort in, I'm finally starting to experiment with all the foods I've always wanted to try cooking. This soup was so basic, I just cut up celery, onion, boneless skinless chicken thighs, opened a bag of shredded carrots, threw it all into a pot, topped with some Bell's Seasoning, salt and pepper, put enough chicken stock in to cover the rest of the stuff and cooked until the chicken was done. No measuring, just toss it in and cook it. It came out pretty good, not a ton of flavor but for a first try with no real recipe, I'm pretty happy with it. I've got plenty of leftovers for the rest of the weekend, if it lasts that long!

As far as shopping goes, I went to the store with $35 to spend. I'm going to make chicken cacciatore with rice, pasta with meatballs and sauce, chicken soup (done) and hamburgers. I also got stuff for breakfasts and lunches. I spent $34.10 and went home with plenty of groceries to get me through the week. I got everything I needed, I was really worried I wouldn't have enough money to eat.. that's so stressful, but I should be good to go now!

1 comment:

Allie said...

hey! I made soup last night too! it really is a cheap & easy way to finish off a bunch of leftovers in your kitchen too!

to help add a bit of flavor -- i sometimes add a bit of garlic, a spoonful of dijon mustard (weird, I know), a little red pepper flake (just a bit though, it seeps into the broth when it cooks) also - a can of crushed tomatoes is good, and if you add the tomatoes - a splash of worchestire sauce is great.