Food

July Once A Month Cooking + Recipe

This month I made four different meals, similar to last month. I made Mousska, Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken and Walnuts, and Minestrone Soup. All recipes can be found in the cookbook, Nourishing Traditions.

The Mousska came out great, but preparing the eggplants was a little time consuming, so if you are making it by itself it would be fine, but to do it on a big cooking day like me, it’s not the best choice. Its the first time I have ever cooked with lamb, so I was proud of myself for branching out a bit.

The Chicken Enchiladas, came out very tasty, even though I forgot to mix in the spices. Using chicken from a roasted chicken, instead of baked or grilled chicken breasts, makes the dish so much more flavorful. I roasted 4 whole chickens at the same time, and later made a huge batch of chicken stock (tutorial coming soon!) And again, taking the meat off of four whole chickens to use for my recipes, was also super time consuming. Not that time consuming is bad, it usually indicates a nutritious meal, but its something to consider when planning your big cooking day.

The Minestone soup came out so-so. I used orzo instead of rice, because I had it on hand and I had never cooked with orzo before and I wanted to experiment. I ended up using too much orzo and the dish was very thick, not a soup consistency at all, but the flavor was good.

The Chicken and Walnuts was my favorite! You marinate and heat up the chicken in a pomegranate sauce. Super yummy. Next time, I am going to incorporate more pomegranate and sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top.

Chicken and Walnuts

Ingredients

  • Diced meat from 2 cooked chickens
  • 2 cups crispy walnuts
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock 
  • 2-4 tablespoons Rapadura
  • 12 ounces pomegranate juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Put walnuts in food processor and grind
  2. Mix with stock, pomegranate juice and Rapaduara
  3. Heat up slowly and simmer for about a half of an hour
  4. Season to taste
  5. Add chicken meat to sauce and simmer about 5 more minutes until chicken is warmed through
  6. Serve with brown rice or cous-cous

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  • v
    July 27, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    i love this. maybe i'll start doing it!

  • Stephanie
    July 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    You so should! It makes life so much easier. It cuts down on daily dinner time stress, but its also great for when you want to bring someone dinner, say a friend who just had a baby. Instead of stressing about making an extra meal, you just go to your freezer and give away! Just today,I gave away a meal to co-worker of my husband, whose dog just passed away. I wouldn't of had the time today to make an extra meal, but because I had some on hand it was easy-peasy.

  • Sara
    February 26, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    This is great. I love your blog, btw. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    September 26, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    How do you keep the food from getting freezer burn?

  • Jenn
    December 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    I just went back to work this month after being home with my daughter since birth and I am going to implement a bunch of your Freezer Meals! I do have a question about this Chicken & Walnuts Dish though…. it says the meat from 2 whole chickens…. That is a lot of meat. Is that correct? Did you just divide it up into dinner sized portions and then freeze?

  • Anonymous
    January 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I sorta cheat…I buy a rotisserie chicken and its the first thing I put in my basket when I arrive at the market. Then, by the time I'm finished shopping and get home, the chicken has cooled and is ready to de-bone. I know this is more expensive $6-$7 compared to $3-$4 for whole raw chicken, but the extra price is worth the time savings for having to allow the chicken to cool at home after baking. Just sharing…

  • Liz
    January 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    just a helpful thought, idk if it would matter or help at all , but when i make my chicken enchiladas i slow cook the chicken overnight in my crockpot so by morning the chicken is so moist you can use a fork or mash it and it shreds itself instead of having to shred the chicken, { but i also use breast instead of a whole chicken} btw the love love love your recipes and plan on using most of them to help my life a little easier. Thank you for posting them all

    • Stephanie
      January 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Very helpful, thank you!

  • victoria
    January 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I was wondering the same thing about the meat from 2 whole chickens. How many dinners does that make? Also, when do you freeze it and how do you prepare it after is has been frozen? Thanks!!

  • Allison
    January 30, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    An easy way to shred chicken: Once it is cooked, put it in your stand mixer (I use a Kitchen-Aid) and turn it on. It will shred after a min or two. Super duper easy!

  • Jill
    August 18, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    Sounds delish!! About how many meals do you break up the Chicken & Walnuts into? I have a family of 5…so I’m thinking maybe 4 or 5 meals from this recipe?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Stephanie
      August 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM

      I can’t remember, it has been so long, but I think it was two meals, but each meal had leftovers.