Two Leftover Soups – Rotisserie Chicken and Brisket Barley

Two Leftover Soups – Rotisserie Chicken and Brisket Barley

Lyn got the Flu, you know the one that they just declared an emergency in Boston for the over 700 reported cases, have tents set up outside hospitals in the south you know the Flu that is taking over our nation as the global warming (is real, no it’s not) affects our weather. I am sure that if you listen close enough to the talk shows and pretend real new stations you will hear something like it’s not actually a flu that is causing this it is more that the cost of oranges has risen effecting the supply of vitamin C and if the government would just stop taxing orange skins this would not have happen. Anyway…….

I bought a rotisserie chicken the other day was running late and needed a quick meal when I gazed the aisle of fried food or old pasta dishes and the thought of well-preserved food in the frozen aisle I settled for the rotisserie chicken with the thoughts of making a quick soup for Lyn with the leftovers. The time came to make it and when I pulled it out of the frig noticed the left over brisket the gears started to turn. Chicken soup and beef barley soup.

Note: I really did not measure anything

Chicken Soup

  • Chop a few stocks of celery
  • Chops a small to medium onion
  • A couple of carrots sliced bite size
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • Small handful of dried Basel
  • Couple of bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper ( I start with a little and add to taste when done)
  • Large can of low sodium broth
  • Cut up the chicken into 4 pieces
  • Water

Leftover Chicken Soup

How:

Sauté the onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until the onions are tender

Add the garlic stir until you can smell about 30 seconds

Add basil and stir then add broth

Add chicken

Add water to cover

Bring to boil and simmer until done at least 45 minutes

You can cook rice or noodles to serve with

Freezes great

Beef barley soup

  • One carrot rough chopped
  • A few mushrooms rough chopped
  • Small Onion chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic chopped
  • About 1 teaspoon dried oregano it was a good pinch
  • Left over brisket about 1 to 1 ½ cup chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 heaping cup barley

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How:

Saute the onion in olive oil until soften add garlic until you smell about 30 seconds.

Combine everything else in a pot bring to boil reduce to simmer for about an hour

Serve with cilantro on top cause my wife like that

Add barley and simmer for about 30 minutes

You could ad any vegetable you want and if you like crunchy add last 30-20 minutes of simmering.

Barley

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Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Sprouted barley is naturally high in maltose, a sugar that serves as the basis for both malt syrup sweetener. When fermented, barley is used as an ingredient in beer and other alcoholic beverages.

Ginger, Corn Chicken Soup

Ginger, Corn Chicken Soup

Saturday was a rainy day and we had lots to do since we both work full time jobs our weekends are probably like yours weekends are for errands and you try to stick something fun in there. Today was movie day we were going to see Dark Shadows having grown up when it was on TV we were both looking forward to it. Well, we give it 2 stars but were basically disappointed. Anyway after the errands we were ready for something warming so I opened the frig and said what to do we have then I remembered that Lyn had torn out a chicken soup recipe so I took a glance and then did my own thing based on this ginger chicken noodle soup recipe from First for women 3/26/12. This was a quick prep and complete meal and good for leftover chicken based.  I thought about adding a pinch of red-hot peppers but the ginger added just the right amount of spice, my version got the two heads bobbing of approval.

Ingredient

  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium peeled and chopped Vidalia onion
  • 2 cup sliced carrots (about 4 medium to larger)
  • 1 Cup sliced celery
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 (1/4” thick) piece of fresh ginger peeled
    • We keep slices in the freezer
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cook chicken (had some left over)
  • Kernels from two ears of corn maybe a 1 >1/2 cups
  • ½ cup scallions
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • Star pasta – you can use any noodles you want we had these on hand.

How

In saucepan over medium heat cook peppers, carrots and onions in oil for about 3 minutes until tender but still crisp, stirring occasionally.

Add ginger and broth increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes then add the corn kernels and continue to simmer for another 5-7 minutes. Stir scallions and cilantro and let simmer for 2 more minutes. Discard ginger.

While this is simmering cook the star pasta as directed on box. We prefer to keep separate from soup so it does not absorb too much of the liquid.

Scoop some of the star pasts into bowl then some soup sit down and warm your soul.

Chicken Soup with Black Rice

Chicken Soup with Black Rice

Friday was coming to a close and the coughs that had been spreading through the office had found me. The boss started this and like in any great organization the rest of us had followed our leader. I was getting ready to leave and he was coming down the hall he heard me cough, stuck his head in my door and asked if I got it too. With a humorous jester I shock my fist in his direction and coughed. By Saturday afternoon I was in rough shape and I was ready for that all time cure Jewish Penicillin, Chicken Soup. I had to use what I had on hand, there was no way I was going out it had been switching from sunny and bright to near white out conditions all day. So I stuck my head in the cupboards and freezer to see what I had.

Ingredients

  • I frozen chicken breast bone in.
  • 3 carrots cut into bite size pieces.
  • ½ larger sweet onion roughly chopped.
  • 3-4 sprigs of celery cut into bite size pieces.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • A little bit of bell seasons. Looked like maybe ¼ teaspoon
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Couple of good pinches dried of oregano maybe 1 Tbsp.
  • Couple of good pinches of dried cilantro maybe 1 Tbsp.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • 6 cups of water ( I had no broth, what kind of house do I keep).
  • Good couple of pinches of red hot pepper flakes I wanted something to clear the sinuses.
  •  I cup black rice
  • 1 ¾ cup water

How:

Heat the oil in large pot and add onions, carrots and celery sauté about 5 minutes add garlic and the pinch of bell seasoning stir for a few seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer. When the chicken appears to be cooked remove to a cutting board, peel chicken off bone cut into bite size pieces return chicken and bone to pot and continue to simmer. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

Cook the rice according to directions and always store outside of soup. A word about the rice I was using what I had on hand. I had used the rest of my wild rice for a batch 2 weeks ago for Lyn after her operation. So the type of rice is your choice but the package said forbidden rice how could I resist?

BTW I feel so much better now!