Chicken noodle goodness

Monday, March 11, 2013

I don't always enjoy cooking....sometimes I plain dread it. But I get giddy when a meal is pretty easy, yummy and CHEAP!!

The other day I was at Sam's Club and they had a two pack of whole chickens on clearance...and I can't pass up cheap meat! I planned on making chicken enchiladas for my daughters birthday, so I threw one in the freezer for later and threw the other in the crockpot for 7 hrs on low. I then pulled off most of the big chunks of meat to use in the enchiladas and left everything else in the crock, added a couple celery stalks and carrots and some herbs and spices (Mrs. Dash has been my best friend lately) and filled it to the top with water and let that cook overnight. I strained out all the big bits and bones and found there was enough meat to make soup for dinner tonight...oh and all that "work" earned me about 80 oz of yummy chicken stock!

I put all the small bits of meat, some broth, diced onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and more seasoning in the pot today (keep in mind my poor crock has been in almost constant use for well over 24 hours!!) I let that cook for a couple hours on low then threw in some random noodles I found in the pantry (wanted egg noodles, but was out). And I really didn't have to work very hard and dinner was ready with minimal effort (which was good because we had no water) and because the meal was pretty much stuff that I had laying around or would just throw out, I considered it a free meal.

It did turn out to be more pasta and less soup when the noodles absorbed all the broth...so we topped it with "snow" (a.k.a Parmesan cheese) and called it Chicken Noodle Goodness.

Now, that means I get to go treat myself to a pedicure, right? Hahahaha



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