Chicken Stock

For many people, grabbing that rotisserie chicken at the grocery store is more than an occasional occurrence. Consider this a great opportunity to make your own chicken stock. Save your chicken carcass and put it in the freezer until you have the time and ingredients to make the stock. It’s really quite simple.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 rotisserie chicken carcass
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 carrots
  •  2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf

Place the chicken carcass in a large pot. Add the remaining ingredients.

Chicken carcass with vegetables
Chicken carcass with vegetables

Add water until the chicken carcass is covered. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer for an hour  or two. Strain the liquid into a container. I usually get about 2 cups of chicken stock from one chicken carcass.

2 cups chicken stock
2 cups chicken stock

Let the broth cool. Then place in a freezer-proof container and freeze until you need the chicken stock for a recipe. Throw out the bones and vegetables.

Left over vegetables and chicken carcass
Left over vegetables and chicken carcass

Banana-Nutella Frozen Dessert

You should never throw out an over-ripe banana. ALWAYS stick it in the freezer. I usually use them later for banana nut muffins or hummingbird cake. Actually, I like to eat them just plain frozen. However, I saw in a video someone shared on Facebook. However, it didn’t give specific proportions for this yummy treat, but I decided to give it a try. All you need are frozen bananas, Nutella, and a food processor.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/4 cup nutella

DIRECTIONS

Since I freeze my bananas with the peel, I ran the bananas under the faucet using warm water for about 20 second so that the peeling would release from the banana. Place the bananas in the food processor.

Frozen Bananas
Frozen Bananas

Blend until the bananas are a creamy mixture.

Blended frozen bananas
Blended frozen bananas

Add the Nutella and process for another minute to blend the two ingredients.

Nutella blended into the frozen bananas
Nutella blended into the frozen bananas

Eat the mixture like soft serve

soft serve texture
soft serve texture

or put it in a bowl and place it in the freezer for a few hours to get it like hard ice cream.

Hard Frozen
Hard Frozen

Breakfast Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • red potatoes
  • cooking oil
  • cajun seasoning

DIRECTIONS

Wash the potatoes and place in the microwave on high for about 4 minutes. Cube the potatoes.

red potatoes--microwaved and cubed
red potatoes–microwaved and cubed

Heat the oil in a skillet. Place the cubed potatoes in the skillet.

potatoes in skillet
potatoes in skillet

Fry for about 5 minutes. Season the potatoes.

potatoes with Cajun seasoning
potatoes with Cajun seasoning

Turn them and allow them to brown on all sides. Remove from skillet and serve hot.

breakfast potatoes--ready to eat
breakfast potatoes–ready to eat

Raw Vegetable Salad

I’m always looking for another salad recipe in the summer. This is partly because I don’t get a lunch break while teaching summer school. Therefore, my lunch is often consumed in 10 minute increments while the students are on break. However, the best reason for finding good salad recipes in the summer is the abundance of fresh vegetables! The salad dressing is the best part of this salad, so be flexible and use it for any sort of fresh vegetable salad you wish. You’ll be pleased with this even if you just pour the dressing over your favorite lettuce.

INGREDIENTS

Salad

  • 8 cups of chopped fresh vegetables
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

For this post I used what I had in the refrigerator at the time…

red cabbage, carrots, celery, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini squash, bell pepper

Use whatever you have on hand, or go buy your favorite veggies

Dressing

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar

Toppings

  • sunflower kernels
  • six slices of bacon, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Chop the vegetables.

Chopped vegetables and cranberries
Chopped vegetables and cranberries

Mix the dressing ingredients.

Salad Dressing for Raw Vegetable Salad
Salad Dressing for Raw Vegetable Salad

Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Stir in the dressing and desired toppings.

Raw Vegetable Salad
Raw Vegetable Salad