No I’m not talking about a woman, your boyfriend, or the economy. I’m talking about the weather. Your family and friends either have the flu, a cold or are just plain miserable because of the weather.
So let’s feed our colds, and stay healthy. I’m going to show you how you can turn ONE chicken into FIVE delicious meals. (Stretching your meals and your dollar!)
1. EASY ROASTED CHICKEN
Whole Chicken (Or turkey and chicken breasts with bone in and skin on)
Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
2 minced garlic
1 TBSP. of oregano
1 TBSP. of black pepper
Hot Chilli flakes
In a plastic container add everything together, put the lid back on and shake. Now put it in the fridge to marinate overnight.
The next day grab an ovenproof pot and transfer everything, chicken and marinade, into it.
Add water so that liquid covers half way up the sides of the chicken.
At 450F put in the oven UNCOVERED and let cook until golden brown.
Drop the temperature to 300F, cover and cook it a minimum of 1 to 3 hours, the chicken will stay moist either way.
The chicken will fall off the bones!!!
Make sure to keep the juices, skin and bones of the chicken for the following dishes.
2. QUICK LUNCH
I love leftovers! It takes the hassle out of trying to figure out what to put in everyone’s lunches.
Leftover chicken Mayo Honey Mustard Cheese Slices (I use Provolone to give it some kick) Tomato slices Lettuce
3. PEAS, MUSHROOMS AND RICE
Reserved Liquid from Chicken
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Using a strainer, pass the juices that came off the chicken and put aside. This has so much flavor it really kicks it up a notch in flavor.
Sauté onion in oil, and when they are translucent add your frozen peas. Stir till defrosted. Follow the directions of your rice box and add the water, rice and reserved liquid from chicken. When it starts to boil, lower the temperature so it doesn’t splatter and hurt you.
Once your rice is cooked, turn off your burner and add your Parmesan cheese. (I add quite a bit. Until I see cheese strings forming as I mix)
If you don’t want rice, make mash potatoes. When potatoes are cooked, drain, and add the reserved liquid from your chicken, butter and salt. Yum!!!
4. MASH POTATOES
Reserved liquid from chicken
5. CHICKEN SOUP
The bones and skin of the chicken
Tomato (Pierce it with a fork)
Couple of potatoes
Throw all the above ingredients into a pot. Cover with water and let boil for an hour. Add salt to taste.
Strain and you’ve got broth.
Hang in there, and keep well as warmer weather is just around the corner!