Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Budget Stretcher: Leftover Makeover
And then I got creative...What if I made soup? I liked the idea very well and decided it was worth a try.
I had in my fridge the leftover rice from the dinner, a bit of leftover white rice, some green peas, a chicken breast half. From the pantry I pulled a can of whole kernel corn, some diced tomatoes and from the freezer some chicken broth. For seasoning: garlic, cumin and liquid smoke.
I chopped the chicken breast and dumped into a soup pot. Added in my leftover rices, half a can of corn, half the peas, a whole can of tomatoes (and a couple spoons of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies. John's not a fan of heat but if you are, I'd use the whole can and skip the plain ones). Then I added in two cups of chicken broth, about 5 drops of the liquid smoke, 1 tbsp of cumin, 1 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes. I tasted and it seemed just right for seasoning. I wanted the liquid smoke to enhance the cumin not overwhelm the soup, so go easy on it. I let the soup simmer on the back burner for about an hour. I didn't much care if the yellow rice did overcook since it had already been such a disappointment and I was aware that it's breaking down would make the soup a bit thick.
Posted by Terri Cheney at 1:48 PM