Meal Plan Mondays- What's cooking?
Yesterday our family had a turkey dinner (yes I know, it's not a holiday!) We had a turkey in our freezer that we picked up on sale a while back and never had a chance to use it for Easter dinner. So we pulled it out for a good old fashioned Sunday dinner! It was amazing, my husband made an incredible rub and we served it with mashed potatoes, gravy and dill carrots. Sunday dinner is a tradition we aim for every weekend. It's really nice to sit down with the kids around the table and just bond while eating a meal that we all prepared together (my kids are older now but even little ones can get in on the fun of kitchen prep! But that's a post for another day).
This brings us to today, and what's on our stove. Ever wonder what to do with those turkey and chicken bones? Don't throw them out! Make yourself some broth to use in soups, stews etc. It's really easy! I promise! We have a a huge stock pot gently simmering away right now. I put it on last night right before bedtime and let it go low and slow all night, as long as it keeps simmering it's doing it's thing. I'll pull it off later this morning to cool and package and freeze.
So, how do we make this supposedly really easy broth? Simple! Grab a pot (probably the biggest one you've got, whatever size your chicken or turkey bones will fit in). Throw in those bones, then rummage through your fridge and pantry for some veggies, your choice. We like using the basics celery, carrots, onions and garlic. Throw those in with your bones (you can cut them up if you want or leave them whole) Then add some salt and pepper (you may want to taste your broth periodically though out the day and season as you like). Then add a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (you can skip this step but it helps break down the bones and get all the good stuff out). Next add water, I like to add enough to cover the bones and veggies completely. Then pop it on the stove, cover it, and turn it on. I start with it on Med/High heat to bring it to a full boil, then I turn it down low and keep it simmering. You can simmer it for 4-6 hours, or as long as you want. Just keep checking on it to make sure you aren't boiling out ALL the water. Once it's simmered for as long as you'd like remove it from the heat and strain it to remove the bones and veggies. Then let it cool and package it up in jars or freezer bags and freeze to use later...or turn it into some amazing delicious turkey or chicken noodle soup. (That's what we're doing tonight! It's chilly and rainy and a perfect day for comfort food!)
And as promised here's a glimpse at our weekly meal plan!
Monday- Turkey Noodle Soup (family recipe)
Tuesday- Farmer's Casserole
Wednesay- One Pot Wonder Chicken
Thursday- BBQ Bacon wrapped Apple Chicken
Friday- Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Saturday- Crock Pot Mexican Burgers
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