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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Leftover Redo

Sometimes I wish I followed recipes just because I would like to remake something. I know approximately what I did but I don't know how well I can make it again.

The other day, I made a lazy chicken cacciatore - just chicken breasts cooked in spaghetti sauce with an onion and can of gluten free broth. The family was underwhelmed and so there was a bunch left over (I was having stomach problems so I just ate rice).

So last night I was thinking of vegetable soup.

It was cold and I had been cold all day. I just looked out the window and felt cold. (Yes, I live in Texas and I know those of you who live further north think that we are wimps. I am fine with that. If I wanted to miserable and cold, I would live further north. I chose to live in the south the be warm. And it wasn't.)

So I turned the chicken cacciatore into a soup somewhat vegetable-like. I added 5 carrots and half of a red cabbage and another onion. Some seasoning salt went in, as well as some black pepper and regular salt. It was good at this point and we would have been happy with it but I had 1/2 a can of coconut milk (we had made sleet/snow ice cream using the first half a can).

I know! As I was pouring the coconut milk in I thought "what am I doing!" My husband saw me doing it and was equally concerned.

And the last addition was a couple handfuls of spinach.

The coconut milk added an unexpected depth of flavor and the soup was so good! Hubby thought it was wonderful and he is one of those that can usually see some way to change or improve a dish. If I can figure out how to do it, I plan on remaking it and I will share a real recipe.

Now to prepare for a steak dinner. It is my father-in-laws birthday and I am also going to make some onion soup. YUM!

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