So here is a funny story.... I made this draft blog in june and I never posted it. BECAUSE this soup was gross. In theory it should have been good, but it wasn't. So the lesson here is - no body is perfect, AND don't be afraid to make mistakes. I'm going to try this again another time. If at first you don't succeed.... Stay tuned for my cream of roasted garlic and potato soup recipe. It is a no fail.
I have been talking to a few friends about having meals planned for the days when they come home late and need to eat right away to keep their families on scheduale. I use my crockpot at least one day a week. Last night I was home so I baked a chicken in a roasting pan in the oven with potatoes and big carrot chunks. I find that meal has very little prep and is the least amount of work for a really filling meal that everyone in my family will eat. I know that tonight I won't be home to make supper til after 5pm so for an easy meal that everyone can eat on the run I made a chicken soup. I took left over meat off the bones of the chicken and the leftover veggies out of the roasting pan. I set them aside. Then I filled the roasting pan with water (with the chicken bones in it) and boiled it for 1 hour. i added 1tsp of italian spices and 1 tbsp of parsley flakes and some pepper.
While that was boiling I chopped the chicken and veggies. I diced 2 stalks of celery and 1/4 of a sweet onion. This could all be dumped in a tupperware with the chicken stock and froze. This makes a great meal to pull out and dump in the crockpot for a supper before you leave for work. You can make this while you clean up from supper that night and have a meal ready for another day. This supports my 2 meals in one plan.
I put my food in my crockpot and set the strainer over the top of it. i slowly poured the roasting pan through the strainer. I dumped the bones from the roasting pan (now strainer) back into the roasting pan and threw it out. i added 1/3 cup of uncooked basmati rice into the crockpot. That is today's chicken soup. we will see how it turns out. what we don't eat today I am going to freeze for a quick lunch another day. What a great idea for lunch at work.