Chicken Dinner

Sometimes when we are having a super busy afternoon with me teaching and then kid’s activities, I buy one of the pre-made roasted chickens from the grocery store.  We actually really like the taste and I can pull together the rest of the meal very quickly.  What I truly like about a whole chicken is the other meals/uses that we can make from it when done.  We eat one whole chicken at a meal.  I like to use the bones etc to make chicken broth.  I put the carcass in the crock pot after dinner, add vegetables, herbs and spices and then let it cook overnight.
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I’m not sure that looks very appetizing, but after being strained…img_4401

The broth is delicious.  It’s getting a little cooler here so I decided to use the broth immediately to make Matzo Ball Soup.

Our whole family LOVES this soup and it’s great for leftovers.  Grab a hunk of bread and warm up a bowl of soup – YUM!  You may ask what I used the leftover vegetables and bones for from the broth.  Well…img_4402

About a year ago, I bought this – a Food Cycler – I was tired of throwing food away.  Either because, as in this instance, I had used up all that I thought I could, or because we had let something stay in the fridge for too long and it was bad.  This is a fantastic addition to our home.  We just put anything that cannot go into the compost bin (i.e. bones, pizza, leftover meat scraps, anything) into it…img_4403

Here you can see I just dumped all the “stuff” that cooked down in the crock pot for broth into the pot.  Close up the pot and press “start”.  Two or so hours later the stuff in the pot looks like this…img_4409

and goes directly into the compost bin to be used in the garden at a later date.  I really like the idea that I’m not wasting any food anymore – it all gets used in one way or another. A win-win in my book!

4 thoughts on “Chicken Dinner

  1. We make broth too, and sometimes can it when there’s enough, so good!

  2. We used to freeze our extra broth when the kids were younger, but now everyone eats so much that I can usually use it all up within a week. It just stays in the fridge until we use it for dinner.

  3. What a wonderful idea. I’ll have to make an effort to try this.

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