Do you ever buy those pre-cooked chickens at the grocery store for a quick, easy and healthy dinner during the week?
Pre-cooked chickens are a great option when you want to eat well without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Add a veggie or two as a side dish, maybe a starch like potatoes or brown rice and a healthy meal is thrown together in minutes.
Quick. Easy. Healthy. My kind of eating.
Do you want to know another thing I buy a lot of? Chicken stock. I buy it in bulk at Costco, because it’s one of the few pantry staples my family goes through regularly.
For years, I bought pre-cooked chickens, then threw away the carcass. I’d buy chicken stock containers and keep them in the pantry for quick-cooking meals.
One day as I had a chicken carcass sitting on my countertop that was ready to be tossed in the trash, I reached for a carton of chicken stock to add to my brown rice dish. I looked at the carton with a beautiful chicken and vegetables on it and though about the ingredients that had gone into making it.
That’s when the lightbulb moment went off. Why buy two parts of the chicken when you can buy one and make the most of it? I could buy a pre-cooked chicken, then turn it into chicken stock for later in the week.
But I didn’t really have time that week to sit around the house for hours while the stovetop was on and my stock is bubbling away. You probably don’t have that leisurely time to play around in your kitchen during the the day either.
So what did I do?
I tossed all the ingredients in my crock pot, let it go for a few hours, and had the easiest and most delicious homemade chicken stock in just a few hours. [Read more...]