Odds & Ends: Chicken and Veggie Tortellini Soup

I think we throw away way too many leftovers as a whole.  Society has become such a “throw it away, buy new” entity – and it’s just laziness and lack of imagination that causes it.  When your fridge has a bunch of semi “meh” veggies – make soup.  When you have leftover meat, throw it in the freezer – when you make soup – pull out the odds and ends of chicken – add it in to your soup.  You can do the same with ends and pieces of vegetable as well.

I always have chicken stock in the freezer, so if we clean out the veggie drawer, the odds and ends of chicken, and add in our stock – we have Chicken and Veggie Tortellini Soup.  This one is a bit different than my other Vegetable Tortellini Soup recipe.  This one works really well in the winter, and as a week night dinner.  Just grab a package of refrigerated or frozen tortellini and you’re set.  Use spinach, kale or escarole – or don’t add greens at the end – anything works here!

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Garlic Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Tray Bake

I am a really REALLY big fan of one dish meals – in fact a recent Christmas present was a cookbook of one-pan dinners – from slow cookers to sheet trays and dutch ovens.  Really great for weeknight meals and easy clean up when you’re not really into doing a bunch of dishes.  This chicken veggie tray bake recipe if definitely one to put in your repertoire.

I generally get 2 chicken breasts and butterfly into thinner pieces – they cook faster and it’s more of a realistic portion size.  You can do fresh green beans, cauliflower or broccoli if you want in place of the Brussels sprouts – we like Brussels sprouts though.  I also use russet potatoes, but halved baby reds work too… really this chicken veggie tray bake recipe can be whatever you have in the fridge.  If you use broccoli or cauliflower, add it in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking because they cook faster than Brussels sprouts do.

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

This is another one of my recipes that has been posted on Food.com for years.  It has over 50 reviews and a 5-star rating.  I’m adding it here because I like to have everything in one spot – and who knows, someday I might actually get around to that Cookbook I’ve always dreamed of writing ๐Ÿ™‚

You can use ham bone, smoked ham shanks, smoked turkey wings, or no meat at all – its a pretty forgiving recipe.  If you’ve only ever had split pea from a can, and think you hate it, I’d recommend trying this one – its REALLY tasty and filling on a cold winter day.

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Sausage & Potato Soup with Kale Recipe

sausage & potato soup with kale recipe

This sausage & potato soup with kale recipe that started as a copycat recipe of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.  I do things a bit differently – I dont use heavy cream, or the spinach or escarole they put in their version, I use Kale.  It stands up to heat better, therefore the soup reheats and freezes like a dream.  Also – I despise cooked spinach.  Gross.

I also use evaporated milk in most soups instead of cream – because it doesn’t tend to break & curdle as easily as most regular/refrigerated milk products do.  If you have a parmesan rind laying around – add it – the flavor is amazing – but remember that its salty – so adjust your salting habits as you go.  We had this with our favorite crusty bread, that my 15yo made the other day.  So. Good.

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Butter Dip Biscuits Recipe

So this recipe went around Facebook and I tried it โ€“ and then realized that I had to tweak it because a) I donโ€™t keep buttermilk in the house; and b) it needed salt.  These are Todd and Aerik’s favorite biscuit and they are yummy fresh and plain, under your favorite sausage gravy, or with a bit of butter and jam.  Just the perfect, simple and delicious side to any meal, weekend or week night.

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One Pot Gnocchi with Kale and Chicken

I LOVE me a one-pot meal – from stovetop to oven to table – not too many dishes, easy-peasy and quick.  I am not much of a fan of the oven in the summer – but every once in awhile we get an afternoon rainstorm that makes turning it on bearable – today was no different.  Our storm is pretty fierce right now – lightning about 3 miles away and that rumbling thunder that makes the chandelir shake!  Dinner is in the oven and I’ve got time to blog – that’s how fast this recipe is.

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