Published on June 26th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
Save Your Dollars Soup
I have begun trying to be more resourceful with our leftovers.
When my hubby and I were engaged we lived with his parents to help them out with finances for a while. During that time, my mother-in-law liked to cook big meals. I helped out in the kitchen pretty much every night unless I was working, so it became ingrained in me to fix big dinners. I have been fighting against that for 20 years.
When I am fixing dinner, I try to figure out portion sizing better now more than ever. It’s helping a lot with getting off those extra pounds, and helping our grocery budget too.
However, there are nights when my hubby gets home, and he’s just not hungry. He works doing deliveries, so he’s not in air conditioning most of the day, and he doesn’t feel hungry because of the summer heat.
So, there are times that I still have leftovers, but I’m beginning to enjoy that. It cuts into how much work I might have to do the next day!
I came up with this Chicken soup on the fly, but I am here to tell you, I’d be proud to serve this dinner any day of the week.
It’s flavorful, with big chunks of chicken, a light broth, and crisp veggies. It’s a super way to use up some leftovers.
Not to mention that with prep time, you can get this soup made and on the table within 30 minutes.
The cost? All for less then $5!!!!!!! Wow!!! I have the price breakdown below.
I know, Ramen noodles are a cheap food, and you might not even think of using them anymore. Who has since college? But, I think you will enjoy this soup, and I know your wallet will too!
This Save Your Dollars Soup feeds at least ten people, more or less. I think it’s a great kids meal too!
I made this as a lunch meal, and my teens both loved it and raved how delicious it was.
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 leek, sliced thinly
1 bag of Asian Salad mix (or 1-1/2 cups of cabbage, a couple sprigs of cilantro and 1 carrot shredded)
2 carrots, chopped into small cubes
1 celery stick, chopped into small cubes
Drizzle a cooking pot with olive oil, add the Asian Salad mix, leek, carrot, and celery to the pot and saute until crisp tender.
2 chicken breasts, precooked and cubed
Add the chicken breast once the veggies are sautéed. Stir and immediately move to the next step.
2 packages of Ramen Noodles – chicken flavor, broken
Add the Ramen noodles from the 3 packages of soup, and then add the veggies package from the Hot and Spicy soup including the paste packet.
Add about 6 cups of water, just to the top of the chicken and noodle mix in the pot.
Let it heat through and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve with some thinly sliced green onion/scallion.
If you like spicy, add a couple dashes of Sriracha Hot Sauce. It’s delicious!
1/2 leek, 2 carrots, 1 celery stick,scallion: about $.50
2 bags ramen: $0. 40
1 hot and spicy soup: $0.88
leftover chicken breast: $0
olive oil: $0.03
Asian Salad mix: $2.78
$4.56 for this soup!! If you make this fresh with the cost of the chicken added in, how about $6.56? You could also make it cheaper using cabbage without the packaged mix.