Before I get into my post tonight, I wanted to remind everyone to vote for your favorite Girl Scout Cookie Recipe!! There are only two days left (the voting cuts off at 10:00pm PST on Friday night), and my girls are really hoping to watch me on TV – or maybe even get on TV themselves. So, if you haven’t already voted, and you would be so kind, just remember – Samoas Ice-Cream Pie!!
There is nothing more satisfying to me than making something new out of leftovers – or what I call, making something out of nothing. I hate wasting food, and I love the problem solving (or as some might call creativity) that it takes, and that wonderful feeling when it actually works.
As I have mentioned many times, I am obsessed with Fennel – I love it in just about everything – even cocktails. Lately I have been slicing up fennel with some red pepper strips and tomatoes, then putting some chicken thighs on top and roasting the big pan in the oven until the fennel is soft, and the chicken is crispy on the outside, but moist on the inside. It is delicious – a one dish meal complete with a flavorful pan sauce. It is a weeknight dinner to be proud of. Well, last weekend I had a bunch of fennel leftover, and some chicken stock and rice in the refrigerator that I had to use up – and it hit me. I got out my favorite kitchen appliance as of late (I swear that Ninja Blender is amazing), and in a matter of minutes, I had a perfect lunch. My husband even tried it, and loved it.
So here you go, whether you expand the recipe and start off with some roasted chicken first, or you just go for the soup, I know this will make you a healthy and satisfying meal to be proud of. Now go vote!!
- 2 medium fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 14.5 ounce jar petit diced tomatoes with roasted garlic
- non-stick cooking spray
- 4 cups chicken stock
- salt & pepper
- 2 cups pre-cooked rice
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the thinly sliced fennel and red bell pepper into a 9×13 glass baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray. Slightly drain the jar of tomatoes, and scatter around the fennel and bell pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 45-60 minutes, or until the fennel is really soft.
Place the vegetables with the chicken broth in a blender – you may have to do this in two batches (use half the chicken stock and half the vegetables) and puree until smooth. Add the cooked rice, and season with salt and pepper as necessary.
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