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.

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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.*

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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.

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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!

 

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