Noreen's Kitchen: 01/01/2017 - 02/01/2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Homemade is Best! Old Fashioned Chicken Soup Recipe!!



Today we wrap up our budget buster bulk cooking chicken journey.  We have made chicken and stuffing casserole, buffalo chicken pizza, Hawaiian BBQ chicken pizza, salsa verde, sour cream chicken enchiladas, chicken citrus super food salad of course our initial meal of roast chicken dinner and now for the grand finale.  There will be nothing left after this!  Taking the carcasses of the roasted birds as well as the bones and skin from what we have been using for all the rest of the goodness we have made and we are now making a delicious, nutritious and simple chicken soup.  

This soup is so easy to make and really you are making a good quality bone stock that will have shreds of chicken meat that will shed from the bone over the long cooking time.  I did not add anything fancy here.  Only simple aromatics such as celery, onion and carrot as well as a half a lemon.  I always like to add lemon to my chicken soup or stock because I think it helps to clarify the stock and reduce the "scum" that can sometimes build up while cooking.



I tossed everything in the pot from the freezer, added the veggies and a handful of seasonings.  I like to add parsley, salt, peppercorns, sage, bay leaf,marjoram and a few other spices.  You can add what you like, I would recommend going easy on the salt at the beginning.  Over time and the cooking process the flavors can concentrate.  You can always taste for seasoning in the end, and adjust to your taste.  

I cooked my soup for three hours on a low simmer.  Then I did my best to get all the bones and cartridge out of the pot.  This can be a daunting task, but keep at it.  Just when you think you get it all, another one pops up.  It can be maddening, but make sure to tell your family to watch for bones.  They can be small, but they are soft, and chewy most won't cause a problem.  I just like to let everyone know.  Don't give this to your dogs though because even a small chicken bone can splinter and cause a trip to the emergency vet and nobody wants that!

I don't ever cook my noodles in my soup.  I always cook them separate.  We each fix our bowls by putting the noodles in the bottom then ladling the soup over the top.  This way everyone gets their preferred soup to noodle ratio!  I much prefer to do things this way because I don't like the noodles in leftover soup.  They swell and get mushy and very unpleasant.  You should do what you like best.  If we were going to eat this all at one sitting then I may consider cooking them right in the soup pot, but this way I can use the leftover soup for yet another meal.

In the end, we had a 6 quart pot of delicious chicken soup that was chock full of meat and veggies.  We at well that night and we also had the soup for lunch the next day.  Then I strained the meat from the stock and allowed the stock to cool before putting it in the fridge.  I went through the remaining chicken to fish out all the bones and we fed it to our pets over a few days time as a treat.  There were 2 quarts of "jellied" stock left that I froze for another time.  Everyone saw benefit from these two chickens.  Even our dogs and cats!  I have some stock left for another use later down the line and overall I think we did great with two birds.  



I hope this encourages you to challenge yourself and see how far you can make two chickens last for your family.  Remember my chickens were 7 pounds each or there abouts.  You want to keep that in mind.  I don't think we could have stretched it this far if they had been smaller.

I hope you give this bulk cooking, chicken journey a try on your own and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating!

You can get a printable version of this recipe on my website here:



You can see how I made this in my YouTube video here:



Noreen's Kitchen
Homemade Chicken Soup

Ingredients
Carcasses of 2 roasted chickens including any bones and skin saved and frozen.
1 large onion, chopped
4 carrots, cleaned and chopped
4 stalks of celery with leaves, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon black pepper corns
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
½ teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried parsley
½ of a large lemon, quartered
Cold water to cover

Step by Step Instructions


Place all ingredients into a large stock pot, that is at least 6 quarts in size.  If you prefer, you can place the peppercorns into a cheesecloth pouch to make it easier to remove.


Cover the contents of the pot with cool water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer.  Allow soup to cook for 3 to 4 hours or until the meat has fallen from the bone and the bones are clean.

Turn off the heat and allow the soup to sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove all the bones from the soup the best you can.  It may be impossible to get all of them because small rib bones are hard to fish out.  Just be sure to let your family know to be aware there may be small bones.

You can remove any large pieces of meat and shred them.  Then return them to the pot.

Cook noodles of your choice or rice to go along with the soup.  I like to do this separately because leftovers with noodles or rice are not that great.

Serve soup by placing rice or noodles in the bottom of each bowl then ladling the soup over.  Add more parsley to each serving and you can also sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese if desired and lots of cracked black pepper.  That is my favorite!

You can store any leftover soup with the chicken and vegetables in it for another meal or you can strain out the chicken and veggies and have chicken bone stock to freeze for another use. 

I strained my soup and fed the veggies and shredded meat that was left to my pets.  Nothing went to waste with the exception of the bones. 

The stock is “jellied” and perfectly delicious.  We will use this in another meal soon.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Fresh and Flavorful!! Orange Citrus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing!!



Today I wanted to share with you this delicious, orange, citrus vinaigrette salad dressing that was used in our chicken and citrus super food salad that we shared a couple of days ago!  Vinaigrette dressing may be a foreign thing to some people and maybe you just never thought about making your own dressing.  I am here to tell you that this fancy sounding delight is not only easy, but you won't ever want to buy bottled dressing again!  

Basic vinaigrette starts with a simple ratio.  All you have to remember is this.  2 to 1, oil to vinegar.  I have used 1/2 cup of white wine vinegar and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil.  From there it is up to you.  Yes, you can simply sprinkle some salt and pepper in there and be done.  However vinaigrette can be so much more.  With the proper building blocks you can go just about anywhere.  Every cuisine has their own version of this simple and delicious dressing.



Today we are going a bit more Mediterranean with our dressing.  We are adding the juice and zest of one small orange along with about a tablespoon each of honey and Dijon mustard.  We are seasoning the dressing with a good pinch of salt, cracked black pepper and dried tarragon.  This will give things a delicious herbaciousness that will amplify the flavor profile and stand up to the sturdy flavors in the salad I intend to use this on.  



Don't limit yourself to what I have shown here.  You can switch out the white wine vinegar for red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar or balsamic.  You can switch up the olive oil for a more neutral oil like sunflower or safflower or even grapeseed oil or light sesame oil.  You can switch out the orange for a lemon, lime, grapefruit or if you are brave and daring, pick up a Buddha hand and squeeze that!  You can use bottled yuzu juice if you like or even the juice and zest of a pomello.  The possibilities are endless.  Make this dressing to suit your preferences and your likes.  Don't like tarragon?  Add basil, oregano, parsley, or a bit of Italian seasoning or Herbes De Provence.  You can add salt and pepper to taste.  You can change the sweetener.  I used honey, but you can use regular sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, molasses, maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup or, no sweetener at all. I find that the dressing needs a bit of sweet to offset the bold acid nature it has, but you be the creator of your dressing.  Just be sure to taste as you go to be sure it is what you like.

I hope you give this simple and delicious orange citrus vinaigrette dressing a try and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating!

A printable version of this recipe is available here: http://bit.ly/2iuvBfo



You can see how I made this in my YouTube video here:  



Noreen's Kitchen
Orange Citrus Vinaigrette


Ingredients
½ cup white wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon dried tarragon


Step by Step Instructions

Place all ingredients into a pint jar.  Place the lid on the jar and shake well.

Any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

This dressing is great on salad or as a marinade for meat or as a dip for crusty bread as an appetizer. 




Friday, January 13, 2017

Start the Year Off Right! Citrus Chicken Super Food Salad!!



Today we are using up the very last little bit of shredded chicken from the two we roasted and making a super healthy, citrus chicken super food salad! I am inspired by Elaine's "big salad" a la Seinfeld but wanted to take a super healthy beginning of the new year, healthy goals approach here. 



This salad starts with some chopped, fresh kale and baby spinach, blended together along with a healthy handful of matchstick carrots. I usually put out all the goodies and have everyone make their own salad. That way everyone gets what they like. I prefer a little bit of everything and a tasty dressing!


I added some of the shredded chicken. I have about 1 1/2 cups left which may not seem like a lot, but it is the perfect amount for the four of us to have a great, healthy dinner salad with super boosted nutrition! 



I made up my salad using the greens and chicken along with some cooked and cooled quinoa, baby yellow, orange and red bell peppers which are filled with great vitamins, mineral and antioxidants. Then added some grape tomatoes and a healthy portion of grapefruit and orange segments. I used a canned citrus salad, packed in juice, with no added sugar, that I like to keep in my pantry. If you live where you can get citrus free or cheap, then I think that would be great! Oranges in my area, right now are almost $1 each! Horrifying! 

I added a handful of dried, organic, unsweetened cranberries for a sweet note along with a healthy sprinkling of seeds. A mixture of chia, hemp and sunflower. You can also add some walnuts or pecans or toasted almonds as well if you prefer or in addition to the seeds. 

I topped the whole thing off with a drizzle of a delicious orange citrus vinaigrette that I made and will share in an upcoming video! If you would like to see how to make the quinoa, let me know and I will be happy to share! 

This salad is the perfect light meal. It really is filling with the cooked grains and all the hearty greens. Using the rainbow as your guide for adding veggies and fruits really makes for a colorful, delicious and nutritious salad that everyone will love! If you don't like quinoa, you can always cook up some wheat berries which would also be great in this salad!



I hope that you give this citrus chicken, super food salad a try and I hope you love it! I also hope you love seeing how many delicious things we can make with just a couple of roasted chickens! Next up is using the bones to make some soup and stock for dinner and I can't wait to share that with you soon!

Happy Eating!



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fresh Is Best! Sign Up for Zaycon Fresh and Get 20% off your First Order!



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You can get great deals on ground beef, chuck roasts, steaks, whole chickens, chicken breasts, tenders and thighs, bacon, hot dogs, fish and more!  They always surprise me with their variety!  In the summer they even have fresh, locally sourced produce from time to time!  

In this video I am sharing how we picked up our Zaycon Fresh order of 80/20 ground beef, took it home and processed it.  We also got a little interview with our pick up guy Jerry!  Thanks to him for answering all our questions and being so awesome!

Here is some information about Zaycon Fresh that will help you know more about who they are:

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You see, we knew all the farmers who had the best stuff around. Thanks to our experience in the grocery industry, we knew how to quickly move that great stuff from point to point, preserving its freshness, taste, and nutrition.

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That idea grew into the company we are today.

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If you are interested in signing up to find out how you can purchase Zaycon Fresh meats in your area, please use the link above!  

I hope you try Zaycon Fresh and I hope you love them!

Happy Eating!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Whole Enchilada! Salsa Verde Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas! Bulk Cooking Recipe!




Let's make meal number 4 from our roasted chicken!  Today we are making a delicious pan of Salsa Verde, sour cream, chicken enchiladas today!  These are super easy to make, quick to get on the table and this pan will feed between four and six people, depending on how many they choose to eat.  I planned for two enchiladas per person, however if you have younger kids they may eat less.  I only enjoyed one and was full and satisfied.  These are rich and delicious.  So, this may stretch further than four people.

I have used flour tortillas, shredded chicken, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cheddar and pepper jack cheese to make this very satisfying and filling meal.  Paired with an avocado salad, green salad or jicama and orange salad this will be a completely delicious and well rounded meal.  You could even add fresh spinach to the filling to include more greens.    As economical, budget stretcher meals go, this one is one of my favorites!



The secret to this dish is definitely in the sauce!  You can choose to start with a homemade cream of chicken, but this is a quick recipe so I make no apologies for using the canned soup.  The sauce is simple.  Sour cream, cream of chicken soup and a healthy dose of your favorite jarred salsa verde sauce.  I sometimes like to also add a small can of chopped green chilies to add more of that flavor.  

The filling is simple.  shredded chicken, shredded cheddar cheese and a bit of the sauce.  All mixed together to make a thick but workable filling for the tortillas.  I divided the filling evenly between eight "fajita sized" flour tortillas.  I prefer the Cesareo style tortillas because they are a bit thicker and roll much easier.  Spreading the filling across the middle portion of the tortilla then rolling tightly into a compact cigar.  I fit all of these into a foil pan and they were perfectly snug.  You can feel free to use your favorite baking dish to make this as well.  Just be sure the enchiladas have enough space to spread out on each end.  You don't want them folded up on themselves.  

When all the enchiladas were filled and snugly set in their cooking pan, I poured the creamy sauce over them and spread it evenly.  As this bakes the sauce will cook down into all the crevices and become even more delicious.  I then topped this with a generous handful of pepper jack cheese.  You can add more or less to your preference and if you like a different type of cheese then go for it!  I think just about anything would be great with the exception of Mozzarella which has no business around Mexican style cooking.



This bakes up in just around a half hour, uncovered and is bubbly, cheesy, creamy and amazing.  Everyone is going to love this one.  Even people who think they don't like enchiladas will love this.  The creamy sauce is the key!   This casserole is best made and eaten fresh.  Leftovers are alright, however not exceptional due to over sogginess of the tortilla after it sits post cooking.   If you should have leftovers, they should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eaten within 3 days.  

I don't recommend this recipe for freezer banking due to the sour cream.  Once frozen and thawed this will "break" making the sauce separate and look unappetizing and not become creamy upon baking.  So this should not be frozen before or after cooking.  

I hope that you give this salsa verde sour cream chicken enchilada recipe a try and I hope you love it!  I hope that you give bulk cooking a try some time soon!

Happy Eating!

You can get a printable version of this recipe on my website by clicking here:  http://bit.ly/2j1ZWyK


You can see how I made this in my YouTube video:






Noreen's Kitchen
Salsa Verde Sour Cream
Chicken Enchiladas


Ingredients

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2 cans, cream of chicken soup’
2 cup sour cream
1 cup green chili salsa
1, 4 ounce can, chopped green chilies
8, medium sized flour tortillas
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded


Step by Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, green chili salsa and additional chopped green chilies.  Whisk together until well combined.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine chicken and sharp cheddar cheese along with 1 cup of the prepared sauce mixture.  Blend together well, to make a somewhat thick paste like consistency.

To prepare the enchiladas, place a tortilla down on the work surface in front of you.  Spread approximately 2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture, across the tortilla, in a line, just off center, toward you.  Roll up the tortilla tightly.  Place into a baking dish that comfortably fits the width of the enchilada.  Continue filling and rolling until the chicken mixture and the tortillas are used.

Pour the sauce over the prepared enchiladas in the pan.  Spread evenly.  Don’t worry too much about getting the sauce down in all the nooks and crannies.  That will happen as it bakes.

Top with the shredded pepper jack cheese.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the pan is bubbly and the cheese is melted and lightly browned on the top.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for five to ten minutes before serving.  This will help the enchiladas to set up a bit before you attempt to lift them out of the pan in one piece. 

Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eaten within three days.

This recipe is not recommended for freezing either before or after baking due to the inclusion of sour cream which may separate and break after thawing.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Pizza Pizza!! Chicken Pizza Two Ways!!



Here is "Budget Buster Bulk Cooking Chicken Edition" meal number 3!  Chicken pizza two ways.  Technically this is going to be two meals because we will only eat one pizza's worth of pizza for dinner than the other for lunch the next day so this could technically count as two meals.  Not bad from one chicken breast's worth of shredded meat!  

This could not be simpler!  I used my Big Batch Pizza dough recipe that you can find here: http://bit.ly/1lTqltm.

I used my favorite homemade BBQ sauce to make a quick Hawaiian style chicken pizza with shredded chicken, sliced pineapple pieces and both mozzarella and cheddar cheese.  You can use whatever is your favorite BBQ sauce.  You can find my "Almost Sweet Baby Ray's" BBQ sauce recipe here:  http://bit.ly/1js1HTp




I also made a buffalo chicken pizza.  I make a traditional buffalo sauce using 1/4 cup of melted butter mixed with 1 cup of Frank's hot sauce.  Since that is a little on the thin side for a pizza sauce I wanted to thicken it up.  I mixed in 2 tablespoons of instant clear jel which is a modified food starch.  This is the instant kind and not the type for canning.  It immediately thickened up my buffalo sauce to a pizza sauce consistency and made it perfect for spreading on the pizza dough!  If you would like to give instant clear jel a try you can find the brand I use here:  http://amzn.to/2i7BFsz  This is Ultra Gel brand, it is non GMO and really works great!  You can use it in both hot and cold applications and this is also what I use to stabilize whipped cream.  




The buffalo chicken pizza was simple!  Just spread the buffalo sauce on the pizza dough, add mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and cheddar cheese on top and done!   Easy!  This was a hard night for me getting these pizza's in the oven!  So the fact that I even got to make a video was astounding.  In the end, we enjoyed pizza night with super puffy pizza due to the fact that the dough had to sit for a while before I could get to it!  Life happens.  Nonetheless, the pizza was delicious!

Don't let my pizza be your limit. You can make yours any way you like.  In the future, I would add sliced red onion and bell pepper to my Hawaiian chicken pizza and the buffalo chicken pizza would be great with some candied jalapenos added to it!  Let your imagination be your guide as well as the leftovers in your fridge!  You can put just about anything on a pizza and your family will be super happy you made it for them!




I hope you give chicken pizza two ways a try and I hope you love it!  I also hope that this budget buster bulk cooking series on chicken is helpful to your wallet and your menu rotations!

Happy Eating!

You can see how I made these in my YouTube video:




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Quick and Easy Leftover Makeover: Chicken and Stuffing Casserole!



We are continuing on with our "Budget Buster, Bulk Cooking - Chicken Edition" series and using up some of the leftover chicken we roasted in a previous video!  Today we are making a delicious chicken and stuffing casserole. 

This casserole is quick to make and only uses two cups of chopped, roasted chicken.  I used one thigh, from which I removed the skin and bone and half of a breast.  This made the two cups I needed.  I sauteed some celery, onion and carrot along with a generous 8 ounces of fresh Crimini mushrooms in some butter.  When they were  just a bit soft and the onion was just a bit translucent, I removed it from the heat and added the poultry seasoning, chicken and one can of cream of celery soup along with 1/2 cup of milk.  At this point you can choose to add whatever else you like.  Be it a bag of frozen mixed veggies, some frozen peas or anything you like.  It is up to you.  

*A note about "cream of" soup:* I seldom use canned creamed soups in my recipes.  However there are some that I do use them in.  I prefer to make my cream soup from scratch, however this recipe is intended to be a quick weeknight meal and getting this on the table after a busy day is more important to me than making cream soup from scratch.  You have to pick your battles.  I make no apologies for using this convenience ingredient.  I don't use them often so I am perfectly comfortable using it here or in my tuna casserole or any other number of recipes that can be put on the table quickly.  That being said, If I were going to be doing a month's worth of bulk cooking and were going to need, for instance, cream of mushroom or chicken soup for several recipes, I would indeed make my own and use it for those casseroles to be prepared for freezing.  If I were going to make three of these chicken and stuffing casseroles, along with a few sour cream enchilada casseroles as well as some tuna casseroles then I would make the soup from scratch.  You need to do what is best for you.  I have recipes on my channel for homemade cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli and cream of celery soups.  You can easily find them by doing a quick search using the search option at the top of my channel page.



When the mixture is well blended it was poured into an 8x8 baking dish.  I topped mine with some leftover stuffing mix that we prepared when we made the chicken.  I made two boxes on purpose so I would have enough leftover for the casserole.  You can make a box of your favorite stuffing mix or if it is after a holiday, you can use your homemade stuffing as a topping for this.  I prefer to use a leftover stuffing because it is much easier to break up and "spread" on top than a hot stuffing.  You use what you have available and just plop it on in little spoon fulls on top of the chicken mixture and it will be fine.  

This was baked, uncovered for about 30 minutes until bubbly and a bit crispy on top.  Then we allowed it to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.  It was delicious!  This recipe is a pretty standard throwback to my youth and many people still enjoy this today in one form or another.  A Thanksgiving leftover meal would not be complete in our house without this dish.

So we now add one more recipe using our chicken to our budget buster bulk cooking series.  I plan on getting at least three or four more meals out of those two chickens.  I am up to the challenge.  You will be amazed at what you can do with just a little bit of meat!  



I hope you give this chicken and stuffing casserole a try and I hope you consider doing some bulk cooking of your own and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating!


You can get a printable copy of this recipe on my website here: http://bit.ly/2i5WzF7

You can see how I made this in my YouTube video:



Noreen's Kitchen
Budget Buster Bulk Cooking
Chicken & Stuffing Casserole


Ingredients

2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can cream of celery soup
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 cups leftover stuffing or 1 box prepared stuffing mix.


Step by Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in a skillet.

Sautee all vegetables until tender crisp and onions are just beginning to turn translucent.

Remove from heat and add chicken and poultry seasoning and stir well to combine.

Add cream of celery soup and milk and stir well, being sure to evenly incorporate into a cohesive mixture.

Pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into an 8x8 inch baking dish/pan.

Top with stuffing.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and the stuffing is a bit crispy on top.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes before serving.

NOTE:  You can use any kind of cream soup that you like.  Cream of mushroom, onion, celery, chicken, chicken and mushroom or chicken an herb would be good choices. 





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Start the New Year Off Right! Budget Buster Bulk Cooking! Roasted Chicken!




To start this year off right, I wanted to introduce a new series where we focus on cooking a protein in bulk and then enjoying it for our meal that night, then seeing how many more meals can be made, with the remaining main protein.  This time I am focusing on how to properly roast a spatchcocked chicken, actually two.  We ate this chicken as our main course for dinner the evening we made it then we are planning at least four to five additional meals out of these birds. 

I picked up to rather large roasting chickens at the market.  These were just over $1.00 a pound.  In the video I mentioned that they were 4 to 5 pounds each, however they were actually 6 to 7 pounds each.  These are whoppers.  I chose to spatchcock these birds to shorten the roasting time.  This will ensure a moist and fully cooked bird in just about an hour.

Spatchcocking is a fancy word for cutting out the backbone and laying the bird flat.  You can barbecue chickens this way or you can roast them or even do chicken under a brick this way, however for that I think you need a much smaller chicken for that to work out just right.  These chickens may need a cinder block!  LOL!  

I feel strongly that knowing how to roast a chicken is so easy to do that you really need to know how to do it!  Thus making this a kitchen basic for the channel, however we are also embarking on what I am going to call the "Budget Buster Bulk Cooking" series.  So these chickens are a great start for that.

I plan on getting no less than four meals and hopefully five from these two chickens.  One meal of roasted chicken. then a chicken and stuffing casserole, a sour cream enchilada casserole, a "Big Salad" a la Elaine from Seinfeld with cubed chicken and then the finale, of a roast chicken soup, using all the carcasses, skin, bones and leftover meat to make a delicious, rich broth with chicken, veggies and noodles. 



The intention here is to make four or five meals serving four people.  Not meals that will be planned leftovers because these are the planned leftovers.  I want you to see how far you can stretch two chickens to feed your family.

I also want you to know that if you don't want to roast your own chicken, then just swing by the store and pick up a couple of rotisserie chickens.  Then follow along.  No judgement here.  Maybe some of you are just singles, or couples.  Maybe you are super busy and a cooked chicken is a God send for you.  I say go for it!  Nothing wrong with letting the store do the work for you and when you can buy a cooked chicken for the same price as a raw one or even less!  You do what is best for you!

I plan on doing similar videos for beef brisket or pot roast, pork loin, pork shoulder and hamburger.  I also plan on incorporating some Zaycon Fresh meats in the mix because when I start picking up my monthly deliveries this year I want you to see exactly what I will be doing and hopefully it will help you to not be overwhelmed with all that meat at one time!  I know that can be a daunting thought, but baby steps!  We can do it together and make things easy!



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I hope you will follow along and join me on this journey!  I hope you give this roast chicken a try and I hope you love it!

Happy Eating! 

You can find a printable version of this recipe on my website here:  http://bit.ly/2ix2ff6



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