When you’re single and living on a tight budget, meal planning is essential. One of my go-to meal plans is to put a roast in the crock pot with a few cups of water and cook for eight hours. When it’s done cooking, not only do you have meat to use in a variety of dishes for the rest of the week, but you have a delicious stock to use in soups and stews.
This soup is Fruct-Mal friendly, no onions or garlic.
I made this soup with meat from a chicken I roasted in the crock pot. I stuffed the chicken with lemon and lime wedges and added lime juice to the 2 cups of water in the crock pot. I rubbed the chicken with poultry seasoning and drizzled it with olive oil. After it finished cooking I poured the stock through a strainer and stored it in the refrigerator.
When you go to use the stock, it will look like jello! Trust me though, it makes a delicious stock once you heat it up. You can use store-bought chicken stock and deli-cooked chicken if you don’t have left over chicken.
To make the soup I start by heating the stock in a large pan with an additional 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup lime juice. To that, I add 3 cups of cooked chicken and three chopped, jalapenos (seeds and membranes removed), 1 tsp of red pepper flakes and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in 1/2 cup of long grain white rice and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.*
After the soup has simmered stir in 2 cups of half and half or milk. I used half and half, I like the rich, creamy texture it gives the soup. Slowly stir in the 1 cup of shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese, stirring until it melts. Stir in 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped.
Serve with tortilla chips, avocado slices, additional red pepper flakes and a lime wedge.
*You can cook the rice separately and stir it in to each bowl when the soup is served if you prefer a juicy soup. If you plan on having leftover soup, cooking the rice separately prevents the rice from soaking up all the broth. I have tried this both ways and even though the leftover soup thickens up in the refrigerator it gets juicy again when you warm it up and tastes delicious either way!