Monday, October 25, 2010

Pantry Challenge!

So, I decided it was time to clean out the pantry and it's amazing the things you find shoved to the back, isn't it? The person who designed the kitchen in this house was not a cook because the pantry is deep, not shallow. Anyone who knows about pantries knows they should be shallow so you can see what you've got. Ah, well, a deep pantry is better than no pantry so I'm not complaining really. However, a person does need to clean it out now and then. While sorting through the various goodies, I came across an open box of Lipton Golden Mushroom Soup Mix with one packet left. Good grief what will I do with that? Toss? OR look on the back of the box to see what delightful suggestions they have for this mixture? Sure enough, a recipe for Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken Stew caught my eye because I have all the ingredients on hand and I do indeed have a slow cooker so there you have it!

Hearty Chicken Stew in Slow Cooker

1 lb chicken skinned chicken thighs, cut in 1 inch chunks
½ lb ham cut in 1 inch chunks (I used Canadian bacon)
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen Lima beans
1 can diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained
1 packet Golden Mushroom Soup Mix (that's what started all this!)
Red pepper flakes

Mix it altogether in a crock pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

I also found a basmati rice mix in the pantry so I threw that into the rice cooker with vegetable broth.

Decided to make a sweet romaine salad to go with the stew because I saw a 1/3 of a jar of mandarin oranges in the fridge.

Romaine lettuce
Raspberry vinaigrette
mandarin orange segments
toasted pecans

Mix together!

Here's the stew and it was mighty tasty!

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