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Family Foodie Fridays: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Since I’ve been working at home, saving money has become one of my life’s missions. I try to not let anything go to waste – especially food.

In the past when we’ve bought rotisserie chicken, we’ve eaten on it for a main meal and I’ve planned to use it on top of salads for lunches. Yeah …. I don’t like it so much cold and leftover. So, I set out on a mission to find recipes that would use up the chicken and eliminate the bird hitting the bag. (Another Family Foodie Friday will also be dedicated to leftover rotisserie chicken as well!)

Now that the weather is getting cooler (yay, fall!), I am working soups into my meal plans. Soups are great because my little minions enjoy it and there’s usually leftovers for me and the husband to have the next day (or days) for lunches or even leftover nights.

My friend Pinterest is a good place to find recipes, and I have an entire board dedicated to nothing but soups. When I went in search of a soup to make with leftover chicken, I also knew I wanted it to include carrots in order to use up the ones in the fridge.

Behold: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

The recipe doesn’t actually call for rotisserie chicken, but I figured why not try it any way. I don’t use celery in any recipes for two reasons – 1) My family won’t eat it. 2) Because my family won’t eat it, I buy it and then it goes to waste. (And I’m trying to eliminate that and cut costs!)

I also didn’t have fresh rosemary or parsley, so I used the dried I had on hand and it worked just fine. I think I may have gotten a bit heavy-handed with the onion, but as we all like it, it wasn’t an issue for us.

Here’s a link to the recipe on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/575194183632099573/

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