Chicken Flavored Rice

I am not a chef.

There. I’ve said it.

However, because I am the first home from work, I am usually the one who prepares dinner.

I’m fine with that. I’m comfortable enough cooking, and kind of enjoy it.

Last night, in an effort to avoid purchasing Rice-a-Roni, I attempted my own chicken flavored rice.

My approach was really simple. Replace water with chicken broth.

The result was a very mild chicken flavored rice. Not bad, but not as flavorful as I had hopped. So, I’m thinking about my next attempt. Any suggestions?

Turkey Chili

I made some awesome turkey chili last night. Here’s how I did it:

1 teaspoons olive oil
2/3 of a pound of ground turkey (just a guess)
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can of redi-cut tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans canned beans, drained (I found and used a three bean blend)
1 medium pepper
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion and peppers and cook until tender.

Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

Potato Leek Soup with Red Chard

About a month ago, I fell victim to a door-to-door salesperson. The woman was selling farm fresh organic produce that can be delivered to your door. Having a desire to start eating better, I signed up for a trial delivery.

A few weeks later, early on a Friday morning, a box of produce arrived on my doorstep. The box contained apples, oranges, avocados, lettuce, onion, carrots, leeks, chard, head radicchio, and probably something else. It was pretty exciting, but it presented me with a problem. What do I do with all of this produce?

Really, it turned out to not be much of a problem. One of the things I made was a Potato Leak Soup. Here’s my recipe that was adapted from

Potato Leak Soup with Red Chard

3 large leeks, thinly sliced (Use only the white and pale green parts)
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
red chard sliced into thin strips (not sure how much I used, 16 leaves?)
2 lbs potatoes, peeled, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
Thyme, Rosemary, Salt and Pepper to taste
Aged White Cheddar

Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown leeks! Browning will give leeks a burnt taste.

Add water, broth, chard, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook until the potatoes break down. Add thyme, rosemary, pepper, and salt to taste.

Finish with grated aged white cheddar and bacon crumbles.