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$1.55 per serving
Ready in 45 minutes
Spoonacular Score: 61%
365 Days of Slow Cooking: for Slow Cooker Chicken and Pesto Soup is a main course that serves 6. One serving contains 343 calories, 17g of protein, and 21g of fat. For $1.55 per serving, this recipe covers 15% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. It is perfect for Autumn. This recipe from 365 Days Of Slow Cooking has 242 fans. Head to the store and pick up eggplant, celery, milk, and a few other things to make it today. To use up the milk you could follow this main course with the Milky Way Brownie Bites as a dessert. Overall, this recipe earns a pretty good spoonacular score of 61%. 365 Days of Slow Cooking: for Slow Cooker Chicken and Orzo Soup, 365 Days of Slow Cooking: for Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken, and 365 Days of Slow Cooking: for Slow Cooker Honey Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms are very similar to this recipe.
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Some bouillon/stock products contain gluten, some don't. If you are following a gluten-free diet, always read product labels carefully.
Before you pass up garlic because you don't want the bad breath that comes with it, keep in mind that the compounds that cause garlic breath also offer a lot of health benefits. Garlic has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. If you really want to get the most health benefits out of your garlic, choose Spanish garlic, which contains the most allicin (one of garlic's most beneficial compounds).
The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.
Many people will tell you to remove the skin on your chicken to cut down on fat. This is true, but if you like the taste, leave it on! You're only gaining a little fat for a lot of flavor. Plus, a little over half of the fat in chicken skin is monounsatured fat (that's a heart-healthy kind) and the notion that saturated fat is unhealthy is being questioned too. So in our opinion: dig in, skin and all!
If you find meat (especially grassfed and/or organic meat!) on sale, stock up and freeze it. Ground meat will stay good 3-4 months, while steaks, chops, etc., will be fine for at least 4 months.
Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).
If you normally rinse your chicken?stop! You could be spreading bacteria around your kitchen and it isn't really necessary.
Here's a trick for peeling garlic quickly. Put the garlic clove on your cutting board. Take a knife with a thick blade and place the blade flat across the garlic clove (the clove should be closer to the handle than the middle of the blade). Whack down on the flat side of the blade with your free hand to smoosh the garlic a bit. Done correctly, the skin will peel right off.
If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.
When buying celery, make sure the stalks feel firm and the leaves look fresh. Store in your refrigerator's crisper for up to two weeks.
To avoid antibiotics, hormones, and other nasties in your milk, choose organic whenever possible. If you can't afford organic, look for milk labeled hormone and antibiotic free. It is often less expensive.
Choose pasture-raised chicken if it is available. If it is not at your supermarket, visit a farmers' market and ask around.
Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), celery is one of the worst vegetables in term of pesticide residue. If you're trying to reduce pesticide residue in your diet, be sure to buy organic celery.