Home Made Relish Hot Cereal! On the 9th Day of Christmas…

…my true blog gave to me, a frugal breakfast recipe!!!

Frugal is nice, huh?  I know all you mamma’s out there (no, I’m not one yet but I saw it in my mamma, and I know lots of them!) realize that the true stress of Christmas cooking is not necessarily the first Christmas meal, but finding a way to get your family to eat leftovers for a week or more afterwards so that you don’t waste food…and without caving to the chorus of “not that AGAIIIIIIN.  I want to eat something new, waaaaah!”  Haha, maybe a little dramatic, but you feel me?  🙂  This year I tried my hand at repurposing my left overs, and ended up with a few great ideas!  So I thought I’d share a couple of them with you, so here is number one!!!

Home Made Relish Hot Cereal.  Sweet and tart.  Colorful.  Warm.  Comforting.  And a way to eat leftovers for BREAKFAST!!  That’s not typical right there!!!  And it’s stupid easy.

If you are a faithful reader, you will know from my Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran post that I have been in love with oat bran.  I am kind of an oat meal fan, but rarely finish my bowl cause it just gets overwhelming and the texture isn’t my fave.  Then I discovered Oat Bran…which has a texture similar to Malt O Meal, which I grew up on!  But can’t seem to find in New York.  (However, my mom sent me a box for Christmas haha!!  So stoked!!)  So I am going to show you this recipe with Oat Bran, but I am convinced it will work with any hot cereal!!


So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Serving Oat Bran, or your favorite hot cereal
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls Cranberry Orange Relish
  • A pad of butter (optional)
  • Tbsp of Sweetener of your choice (also optional, if you don’t use it, it will run more tartt.  I would add a little honey or agave…though I am uncertain of the health of agave at the moment.  It is under scrutiny!  Or since there is already sugar in the relish if you want to not worry about the whole health thing…add a big ol’ spoonful of brown sugar and watch it melt!!)


And here’s how you do it.  Easiest.  Thing.  Ever…

  1. Cook hot cereal according to directions.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  3. Eat.


Whoo!!  We made it!!  What do you think?  Good way to repurpose something that could possibly just rot in the f ridge?  I think so 🙂

Isn’t it pretty!  Ohhhhh, I bet it would be tasty with some pecans in there too!!

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“THE BEST” Chicken (or Leftover Turkey!) Barley Soup

Why do I call it “THE BEST” you ask?!  Well…because of this…

Photo (7)Hahahahaaaa.  I think instead of being a post about “Feeding Mr. Rodgers,”  this should be “Pleasing Mamma Monaghan.”  The original idea was to create a chicken noodle soup without noodles.  Haha, I tend to cook classic foods without their main ingredient I have noticed.  Mr.  Rodgers loves chicken noodle soup…especially on days like the ones we have been having.  Cold.  Wet.  Dark.  Well I wanted to leave out the noodles for health reasons, but still wanted something nice and tasty other than just veggies and meat.  And I began to reminisce on my childhood when my mamma would make barley soups, so I thought I’d try it out.   Well my mamma in law decided to try a bowl…and promptly informed me that there might not be any left when I came home from work that night.  She then packaged it up and put it in the fridge for me…and I found this note.  Hahahah.  So sweet and fun!  And it really didn’t last very long either.  She devoured it, and I am so glad, cause she’s not a big eater so I love it when she goes crazy on healthy foods!!

But she wasn’t the only one thrilled with it.  It truly was perfect for our rainy day and the flavor was beyond wonderful and comforting.  I used chicken breast, but here is the beauty of a soup like this…you can use whatever meat you have laying around.  So tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Why not re-purpose the left over turkey into a barley soup?  Not only delicious…but oh so frugal!  And a good way to get the kids to eat the same thing for days without realizing (or complaining about) it, eh?

So…I think this was adapted from marthastewart.com.  But honestly, when you look up Chicken Barley Soup recipes…they are pretty close to identical so I can’t remember for sure which one I based this off of haha!


Here’s what you need!

  • 3 Tbsp Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 4 Large Carrots, Diced
  • 4 Celery Stalks, Diced
  • 3-5 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2-3 Lg Chicken Breasts, Cut into cubes (or about 2 Cups cooked Turkey!  Or meat of choice!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 6 C Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 5 Sprigs Thyme
  • 1 C Barley (I did not use quick cooking because I wanted to let it simmer!  You can use either and just adjust the time/wait for it to get tender)


And here’s how you do it!

  1. Prep all your veggies!
  2. Melt your butter or coconut in a large pot over medium heat and add all your veggies except the garlic.  Cook until starting to get tender; about 8 minutes.  Add garlic and stir in, cooking another 30 seconds.
  3. Cut up your chicken and season with salt and pepper.  Add to the skillet and cook a few minutes, until starting to brown. (If you are using leftover meat, you just have to throw it right on in there!)
  4. Add chicken broth and thyme.  Bring it to a boil then add the barley.  Now cover and reduce; letting simmer until you are ready to eat!  (At least 15 minutes so the chicken gets cooked through, but I let mine simmer for a good part of the morning while I did laundry and such wifely things!  Gotta love mornings off!)  How easy as that?!  Easy as pie!  Speaking of pie…you will probably be regretting all the pie you eat on Thanksgiving, so this recipe will be really good for upset tummies and trimming for expanding waist lines, haha!!!  Enjoy!


Prep your veggies!

PhotoMelt your butter or coconut oil in a big ol’ pot…

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Add onions, carrots, and celery and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.  Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds or so, until fragrant.

Photo (3)Add your meat source…be it chicken breast, left over turkey, browned ground beef…don’t forget a little salt and pepper!

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Add chicken broth and thyme….

Photo (5)Bring to a boil, add barley, reduce heat, and simmer till done!  At least 15 minutes but can be simmered as you do your laundry until you are ready to eat!  😉

Photo (6)Yummy yummy in your tummy, healthy healthy for your body!! Hopefully you will find a note kind of like this on top of your soup!!

Photo (7)❤  LOVE IT!