Welcome to Frugal Friday Flashback! This post originally is from my first blog, FrugalMegan. This was a staple of ours during our "beans and rice" time of getting out of debt- Only much more YUMMY! I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
All this cool weather puts me in the mood for chilis, soups and stews! Which is great, because such foods can be major money savers. This recipe cost us ~$4.50 which fed us twice, and I sent some to another couple. So at least 6 hearty servings makes it around $0.75 per serving.
White Bean Chicken Chili2 chicken breasts
1 chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp. pre minced garlic)
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 LB dry Great Northern beans (soaked overnight)
2 cups homemade chicken broth
2 cubes vegetable bouillon
1 can chopped green chilies (optional-but add great flavor! we use chili powder if we dont have these)
3 tsp cumin
2 cups water
1 pkg frozen white shoepeg corn
Optional toppings: Gluten free tortilla chips, mozzarella, monterrey jack, cheddar cheese, sour cream and/or salsa
Crockpot directions: Combine all ingredients except corn in your crockpot. Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 10-12 hours. About an hour before serving, remove chicken and allow to cool, then shred it and return to pot. Also add corn at this time. Allow to cook one more hour. Serve hot with your choice of toppings
Stovetop directions: Saute cubed chicken breasts, onion, and garlic in a pan with a little oil. In a pot, bring the rest of the ingredients to a boil, and add chicken/onion/garlic. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot with your choice of toppings.
Mmmm, I can smell it now! Enjoy, and cuddle up afterward on the couch with your honey! I like to serve this soup with a small “wedge” salad- Just slice a head of iceberg lettuce into a few wedges, then top with blue cheese dressing and a few toasted pecans. YUM!
Health moment: The quality of our food affects the quality of our bodies. While this is a nutritious meal, it can be made even more so with local, sustainably raised chicken. Yes, that may raise the price, but it's still a frugal choice to cook meals like these WITH the high quality meats. It is especially money saving if you buy a whole local chicken and make your own broth from the bones & vegetable scraps. As for the other ingredients, beans, garlic and onion are all good for your heart! Yay! I use an organic vegetable bouillon that is basically spices and sea salt- You could come up with your own seasonings without having to use bouillon at all. This recipe is gluten free, as long as you purchase safe chicken, beans & spices. Lastly, chose whole food toppings!
Here’s to living: Happier, Healthier, more FRUGAL lives!