Chicken and Noodles

Picture this. Six years old, wandering my way through the lunch line. On the menu today: chicken and noodles. The cafeteria worker slops the delicious mess right on my plate, and to my surprise, a little pile of mashed potatoes is tucked under all that glory. So, I give it a try (my mother had taught me well, a “try” bite). Minutes later, the tray is empty. Years later, this is what chicken and noodles looks like at our house!

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

4 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups sweet yellow onion, diced

1 1/2 cups carrots, diced

1 1/2 cups celery, diced

1/4 cup all purpose flour

32 oz water

6 bouillon chicken cubes

2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed

2 cups frozen egg noodles

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Add butter and vegetables to dutch oven on the stovetop over medium heat. Cook 3-5 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add flour to vegetables, stir to coat and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add water, chicken cubes, chicken and egg noodles. Reduce the heat to simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally as mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Here in the mid-west, we eat chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Don’t knock it until you try it! Pairs well with a fruit and veggie of your choice 🙂

Quick & Easy Bierocks

Bierocks. Pronounced beer-rocks 🙂 But there is no beer in this recipe, only 8 simple ingredients, and that’s including the salt, pepper and water. As a child, ketchup would’ve HAD to be on that ingredient list. But my how the years have changed. These rolls are too darn delicious just as they are to need any dipping sauce, but I’ll leave that up to you!

Makes: 25 rolls

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef

1 pound ground pork sausage

1 medium cabbage, sliced in short strips

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 cup water

25 frozen yeast dinner roll dough balls

Directions

  1. Proof dough according to directions on package.
  2. Combine and cook the beef and sausage in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  3. Add cabbage, onion, salt, pepper and water to meat for the filling. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove stockpot from heat and drain any excess liquid from the filling.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. When dough is proofed and ready, flatten each ball into a small circle. Place about 1/4 cup of filling in the center of the dough. Wrapping the dough around the filling, pinch the edges to seal tightly. Place the filled dough, seal-side down, on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough leaving 3 inches of space between rolls.
  7. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  1. After draining the filling, transfer to a bowl lined with several paper towels. The paper towels will soak up any remaining liquid, making it that much easier to seal the filled dough later.

A Hungry Cowboy’s Chunky Chili

Ever crunched for time and that special someone asks, “What’s for supper?” Rather than letting yourself begin to boil, may I suggest taking this as-easy-as-it-gets chili to a gentle boil instead? Dump. Dump. Dump. Stir. Enjoy as-is, or pour over chips with cheese and sour cream for a take on the ever-classic chili pie.

Makes: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive or canola oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cans chili beans, 15 oz

1 can black beans, 15 oz

1 can diced tomatoes, 15 oz

1-2 cups of meat (chopped brisket, shredded chicken, ground beef, etc.)

1 package chili seasoning, 1.25 ounces (or homemade chili seasoning)

1-2 cups of water

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven or stockpot, sauté the onion in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the beans, tomatoes, meat and seasoning to the onions.
  3. Simmer on low heat for an hour.
  4. Add water to thin chili to the desired consistency.

Notes

For a more balanced plate, serve with a fruit or veggie or glass of milk! You could even be a little sneaky and stash some veggies in the chili. So sneaky.

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