HOT, COLD. HOT AGAIN, COLD AGAIN. MAKE UP YOUR MIND ALREADY!

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

Fresh ginger

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.

INGREDIENTS

Leftover chicken Mayo Honey Mustard Cheese Slices (I use Provolone to give it some kick) Tomato slices Lettuce

3. PEAS, MUSHROOMS AND RICE

INGREDIENTS

Onion

Frozen Peas

Mushrooms (Optional)

Oil

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)

VARIATION

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

INGREDIENTS

Potatoes

Reserved liquid from chicken

Butter

Salt

5. CHICKEN SOUP

INGREDIENTS

The bones and skin of the chicken

Tomato (Pierce it with a fork)

Whole Onion

Celery

Carrot

Couple of potatoes

Ginger

Garlic Cloves

Salt

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!

Teresa.

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