Boring and too many left overs. I hate to plan too far in advance because then I feel like I'm being "locked in" and that makes me angry :-) I go for roasts, whole chickens, etc. and then use the leftover meat in stews, sandwiches (we just had a ham for Christmas Eve) and, with the ham, eggs benedict for breakfast :-) and tonight, potato ham chowder that is enough to feed 5 so will be its own problem but doesn't use expensive ingredients so if I get too tired of the leftover leftovers in the next week, I don't feel bad throwing it out.
It uses chicken stock and I make my own when I make a whole chicken and have a special container to freeze a batch for using in soups/stews. I got out the right amount yesterday and stewed the leftover ham bone in it for several hours and used the ham that came off the bone as my "ham" (1 cup of ham) for the chowder. It uses a box of Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes, for about $1.50 and celery, onion, etc. and is so wonderfully comforting on a cold winter night like tonight! The couple cups of half-and-half you finish it with (with 1/3rd cup flour to thicken it) is about $1.50 too. A serving is only 340 calories and it's good for protein, calcium, vitamin A and iron.
With a crock pot you can be creative but not have to plan or work too hard, just a meat and any liquid. The ham bone had a lot of meat on it so I put that in the broth and then decided to throw in some red potatoes. So, I was getting the bone/broth ready for another day but had dinner from it too; cut the meat off and served it as just regular ham, heated it up again nicely, and had the boiled potatoes and opened a canned green vegetable and made 5 refrigerator biscuits and called it dinner :-) I poured the hammier flavored chicken broth into my large measuring cup and put that in the refrigerator (fat rose to the top and hardened and I scooped that off today before using the liquid in the chowder) and got the rest of the ham off the bone before throwing the bone away; two meals prepared for the effort of one :-)
Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 12/30/2012 (12:29)
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