It’s the resolution to the cliffhanger that had, um, a couple of you racked with anxiety and on the edge of your seats!
Here’s the recap, in case you missed my last post: Whitney Russell had just joined a convent because she was racked with guilt over her love for Chad, whom she had learned was actually her half-brother.
Whoops, sorry, that was a storyline from the late, great NBC soap opera Passions.
Actually, in my last post, I had shared a recipe for Poached Chicken and Veggie Noodles, and it ended with a delightful tease: What became of the poaching liquid I used to cook the chicken?
Well, I’ll tell you! Right after these words from our sponsors.
Kidding again. Quite simply, after the chicken was cooked, I strained it, put in a storage container, and popped it in the freezer. It was a super-flavorful concoction. It had low-sodium veggie broth, onions, lemon, chives, garlic, and cilantro, and it had simmered on my stove for a good long time, so all those flavors were well incorporated. I didn’t want it to go to waste!
So, a few days later, I used it to make… SOUP!
I got out my trusty Crockpot, which I lined with a slow cooker liner, which makes clean-up super easy. Then, I started chopping vegetables, using mostly stuff I already had. First up: A couple carrots, a few stalks of celery, and 1/2 a red onion.
Then, 1/2 a zucchini and about an equal amount of broccoli florets.
Next, a spoonful of minced garlic and two small sweet potatoes. (The sweet potatoes were the one veggie I did buy, because I wanted to add some bulk to the soup.)
Everything got chopped pretty small, so this would be soup-like instead of stew-like.
It all went in the crockpot, followed by the poaching liquid…
…which I forgot to thaw. Whoops. Well, at the very least, it resulted in one of my favorite Crockpot photos of all time:
Final ingredient (for now): a generous sprinkling of turmeric, which I’m adding to seemingly everything these days, because it’s so damn good for you. Google it, you’ll see what I mean.
This all crocked for about 8 hours on low. That slab of broth became a liquid again in no time.
About an hour before dinnertime, I added one final ingredient: this package of Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils.
Lentils, a type of tiny bean, are a good source of protein and fiber, and since these were already cooked, I just wanted to warm them up without them getting soggy.
Then, an hour later, dinner was served!
Okay, okay, it looks better in the bowl, garnished with some freshly-chopped chives.
My friends Christine, Amy, and Linda came over for dinner that night, for what has become a recurring event: Bad Corin Nemec Movie Night! Corin Nemec, probably best known for playing the title character in the ’90s sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, was Linda’s teenage crush. Nowadays he does a lot of terribly fantastic (or fantastically terrible?) Syfy Channel movies, and I record them for these little viewing parties. We’ve enjoyed such classics as Mansquito, Dragon Wasps, and, this time around, a horribly wonderful (or wonderfully horrible?) gem called Rise of the Dinosaurs.
The soup went over really well with the ladies, and I loved it. Layers of flavor, lots of different textures, and a delightful broth. And it took Linda’s mind momentarily off the fact that she sprained her ankle just minutes before, walking from her car to my front door! There’s real danger in texting and walking, folks, and Linda is proof. Here’s her injured ankle under a bag of ice:
She’s doing much better now, FYI, and I’d like to think it’s because of the soup.
It just goes to show you… don’t throw away your poaching liquid!
Keep it up, David!