Thursday, April 4, 2013

Throw it together soup...

Having one last cold snap(we hope) here in northeast Texas means I have one last time to make a healthy, comfort soup.  This didn't disappoint and was a clean out the fridge and freezer meal bonus!

2-3 quarts turkey or chicken stock(I used both).
2 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz can petit diced tomatoes(or 2 cans of the former)
1 small can Rotel sauce(not their diced tomatoes, its like a tomato sauce-use plain or a seasoned kind if you can't find the Rotel) *by the way, all my canned goods are no salt added.
Add some salsa if you feel like it, the Rotel stuff is spicy but not overly so.
1 can black beans, undrained
1 large baking potato, cubed
1 cup brown rice
1 tablespoon spearmint
1-2 teaspoons Balti seasoning(I get mine from Penzey's, LOVE them!)
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the chicken in the broth with the tomatoes, Rotel, beans, and potato until tender and done, about 35-45 minutes maybe.  Add rice and seasonings.  Simmer, covered for 2-3 hours total(from adding the chicken).  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eggs in tomatoes

I'm always looking for ways to stretch my eggs into a filling meal.  This morning I did the following:

1 cup petit diced tomatoes
dried seasonings of your choice:
basil, oregano, garlic and onion powder
black pepper, salt, savory, paprika
red pepper flakes
spoonful of honey

Cook this in a skillet til thickened and seasonings are softened.  Make two small hills of the mixture and crack an egg over the top so the yolk stays elevated.  Mix the whites with some of the tomato sauce to cook through.  When all the whites are cooked to satisfaction then dump into a plate, keeping the yolks on top.  Break them and enjoy!