Leftover Makeover {LOMO}, Edition 1

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 3/12/2009 07:08:00 PM | | 2 comments »

It's here -- late, yes, but here!

LOMO {Leftover Makeover} is one of my new weekly features here at The New Frugal Mom, one that I hope will give you both a bit of inspiration in the kitchen and a chance to showcase your best LOMOs.

Starting next Thursday, I'll add a Mr. Linky box at the bottom of the post so that you can link your own LOMO post.

Rules are simple:

:: Use ingredients you have on hand - go dig around in your freezer and pantry; I'm sure you'll find something!

:: You don't have to write out the recipe/ingredients/steps in great detail but it would be helpful to other readers to know how you came up with your fantastic creation. ;-)

:: When you do link up next week {and subsequent weeks} be a peach and be sure to include a link back to my weekly LOMO post; thanks!

:: You can use the button above (149x149) or the smaller (125x125) one I'll make available -- both with HTML code -- this weekend when I {finally!} have time to build my "Buttons" page; the link to my "Buttons" page will be located in my navigation bar above (Home, About, etc).

That's it! I do hope you'll put on your thinking caps, grab your mixing bowls, and create something tasty to share with the rest of us!

Now...because I know you're on the edge of your seat...here's my LOMO for this week:

Starting Ingredients:

:: Three leftover chicken drumsticks (extras that I froze after I made fried chicken two weeks ago.)

:: Black Bean and Corn Salsa (I make this regularly around here; since the recipe* makes more than what we need, I freeze half of it.)

:: Chicken Stock (Whenever I boil chicken on the bone for a recipe, I save the stock and freeze it; it makes a great base for soups and isn't chock full of sodium/flavorings/dyes.)

Since today was chilly here in SW Ohio and I already had some good chicken stock, I decided to use these ingredients to make a yummy Southwestern-Style Chicken Soup.

My Recipe:

(2) cups Chicken Broth

(1/4) cup Sour Cream

(1/2) tsp Chili Powder (could substitute Taco Seasoning/Enchilada Seasoning as well)

(3/4 - 1) cup Cheese (I used Cheddar; would be equally good with Mexican Blend or Monterey Jack; use less for a thinner soup or use more for a thicker soup)

(2) tsp Flour

(2) cups Black Bean and Corn Salsa*

(3) cooked Chicken Drumsticks, cooled and meat cut/diced into bite-sized pieces (I boiled mine then cut the meat off the bone when they cooled; you can substitute any cooked chicken you have on hand.)

Garnish (chips, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, salsa, etc)

Whisk first (5) ingredients together over low heat; cheese will be a bit sticky as it melts. Once cheese is melted and fully incorporated into the soup base, increase temperature to medium high heat; bring to a boil while stirring.

When soup base boils and begins to thicken (as the starch in the flour cooks and expands), turn heat down to low. Add Black Bean and Corn Salsa*; stir well. Add chicken; stir well. Increase temperature to medium high; bring to a boil again. Turn heat to low and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Taste for flavor; if you want a spicier kick, stir in 1-2 Tbsp of jarred salsa.

Garnish and enjoy!

The Result:

Oh, YUM!!

I did add the extra 2 Tbsp of jarred salsa to amp up the flavors. This recipe made enough for (3) good-sized dinner servings (one of which I ate, two of which my hubs Knute devoured).

There you go -- the first official LOMO from The New Frugal Mom; I can't wait to see what you bring to the dinner table next Thursday! Go clean out your freezer and get cooking!

*Recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa:

:: (1) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed

:: (1) can Corn, drained and rinsed

:: (1) can Diced Tomatoes (use regular, petite diced, w/green chiles, Rotel -- whatever you have on hand) -- do not drain or rinse the tomatoes!

:: (1) cup Jarred Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a big mixing bowl; cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to mingle. This recipe freezes well.

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  1. Janelle // March 13, 2009 7:26 PM  

    Great idea! I have an entire blog dedicated to re-creating leftovers, so I can certainly participate! I love turning leftovers into new meals. :)

  2. Marianne Thomas // March 13, 2009 8:11 PM  

    Janelle: I'm so glad you commented; I saw your blog after you won the PAB giveaway and I was hoping you'd participate in LOMO!

    I'm all for sharing ideas on how to make those leftovers new again!!

    Everyone: I'll be tweaking that button for LOMO sometime this weekend; the text is entirely too small! I'll improve it before you use it, m'kay?