Thursday, December 4, 2008
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!