Wednesday, February 25, 2015

store bought favorite: creamy garlic butter chicken

Note to self:  Another big hit with all my kids!  I just learned a great lesson- sometimes it's good to visit a different grocery store than you usually frequent because sometimes you'll find a treasure you never knew existed.  That's how I feel about this dish.  It's so easy and it's soooo good!  You put your chicken and vegetables in a 9x13, pour the sauce over the top and bake.  My kids were eating more carrots and potatoes than I've ever seen them eat.  It was a proud dinnertime.

store bought favorite: creamy garlic butter chicken (Campbell's OVEN Sauces)
You'll need 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 2 cups potatoes, cut into 1" pieces and a pound of veggies.  The picture on the front of the pouch shows green beans but I used crinkle cut carrots and they were very delicious.  You bake at 400 degrees for an hour.  Serve with a loaf of French bread. 

6 servings in a pouch- 7 grams fat, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram protein

Another note to self:  It would be a good idea to put a few of these pouches in the pantry for when a quick meal is needed to take to somebody.  A "one disposable pan" meal!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

turkey meatballs with light tomato sauce

Note to self:  All four children ate their dinner tonight. :)  These meatballs are moist and delicious.  I rarely cook with ground turkey because I don't think the leftovers are as desirable as other meats but the photo I saw of this meal made me salivate so I decided to give it a go.  This meal is super simple and delicious.  Tomorrow is the true test.

turkey meatballs with light tomato sauce (Inspired Taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I accidentally forgot this ingredient but didn't miss it)
1 large basil sprig plus tablespoons torn basil leaves

turkey meatballs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground turkey (I used Foster Farms)

In a large skillet, heat olive oil with garlic and red pepper flakes.  Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and basil.  Let heat until it it is starts to bubble.
While the pasta sauce heats to a bubble, combine the bread crumbs, milk, egg, cheese, parsley, oregano and salt. Combine well.  Add the ground turkey and gently combine.  For this recipe you'll gently form each meatball one at a time and drop it into the "barely bubbling" pasta sauce.  Don't stir the meatballs until they have been cooked through because they are very fragile.   Serve over your favorite pasta.

Friday, February 6, 2015

quick and easy chicken noodle soup

This soup was a continuation of my friends' kindness yesterday.  When my friend Julie brought my little boy home from playing at their house all day she brought dinner- homemade chicken noodle soup, soft sourdough bread and salad.  I always say I don't need anything and I'm fine because I can usually deal with whatever comes but it was so nice and touching.  I felt loved and that feels good!  I wouldn't have made dinner and as it turns out my kids wanted dinner- go figure.  This soup tasted SOOOOO good.  I really like the seasonings and was drawn to the big chunks of carrots- I love cooked carrots.  There really is something to soup when you're not feeling well.  I have the best friends ever.

quick and easy chicken noodle soup (Julie found this recipe at
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chopped onioin
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth
1/2 pound cooked chicken breast, chopped
1 1/2 cups egg noodles
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.  Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes.  Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

store bought favorite: hearty beef stew

This is day #5 of being sick.  I NEVER get sick; this is crazy and boring and if I watch one more Netflix movie I think my brain will surely turn to mush (I am now addicted to the series The Paradise).  Yesterday I think I experienced the worst of it but the BEST thing was my friend Mandy delivered a few goodies on my doorstep- a big container of this hearty beef stew, some peppermint herbal tea and the prettiest white cup.  I looked at that soup like I had never seen food before and ate it the same way- it tasted divine!  It was just what I needed because I was at the point where nothing sounded good.  How she knew what I needed I will never know.

store bought favorite:  hearty beef stew from Market of Choice
Just do yourself a favor and get yourself some, especially if you haven't been feeling well.  You'll feel better!