Cheesy, chicken, goodness coming up!

Oh my goodness you guys I have been wanting to share this new recipe with you all, it is absolutely fantastic!! It’s an anytime of the year meal for me, it’s so nice and creamy and is perfect for a cold fall or winter night, but also has some nice yummy veggies that make it oh so good for spring and summer as well!

But, anyway I’ll just get to the point of telling you what it is ūüôā it’s a super yummy, creamy cheesy chicken and potato chowder with carrots and celery (it would also be nice with peas too). It’s made almost the same as a potato soup with a nice twist and has protein and extra nutrition from the veggies.

For the ingredients I’m telling you what we use for our family of 6 and it was enough for the kids and I to have leftovers for lunch the next day, so you will need:

  • 5 russet potatoes peeled and diced, I left mine kind of large but small enough so they could get soft
  • 5 cups of chicken broth or if you use chicken bouillon cubes like I did then just follow the directions for broth
  • 4 diced carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery thinly sliced
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken breast (I cut mine into cubes with shears before cooking)
  • 2-2 1/2 cups of shredded cheese, I use mild cheddar but you could try it out with different cheeses
  • 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter ( I do recommend using real butter, we cut our margarine a long time ago and I won’t go back!!)
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • garnish with fresh parsley (optional)

For this recipe you need to boil your chicken and your veggies first so in a large stock pot add your chicken, potatoes, carrots, celery and bay leaves and cover with chicken broth.

Bring it to a boil then cook on medium- medium/high for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked fully and veggies are no longer hard.

Now you’re going to make a roux with the butter and flour, in a separate pan melt the butter on medium heat then whisk in the flour until it’s nice and creamy smooth. After this you need to slowly add in the heavy cream mixing constantly until it’s combined completely you can now cut the heat up just a bit and bring it to a boil. Let it boil until you get a thicker consistency (usually about 2-3 minutes). Now cut your heat down to low and add in your yummy cheese. Mix it until all the cheese is melted! Once this is done you can add it to your chicken, broth, and veggies and mix thoroughly, cook on low for about 5 minutes and then you’re ready to serve and enjoy!!

Yum! Now I can’t wait to make this meal again!! It was a definite hit for the Ertzberger household!!

*** Don’t forget to let your kids help out with meal times, they will love it and you will enjoy it too! They can help with anything from washing the veggies to peeling or slicing them or even just helping mix give them some type of job and they will do it well and have so much fun!

Let me know if you give this meal a try, let me know how you like it in the comments!!

(Now I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures because it looked so yummy!! I’ll have to be sure to do that next time)

SNOW CREAM!!

Here where we live we get super excited about snow, because it very rarely happens but, yesterday we had our third snow of the year and it’s been great other than the fact that it’s been super cold so we only go outside a few minutes at a time.

Anyway, I figured it would be a great time to share my very simple but yummy snow cream recipe well, here it is:

  • First, you need to have snow and yay, we finally got enough to make some snow cream and this is a lot for us!¬†
  • Collect some of that snow into a bowl
  • Add in some milk, sugar, and vanilla extract and mix them together I honestly never measure this out in exact amounts, just add in these until it makes the snow very smooth and it tastes yummy ūüôā
  • And of course, ENJOY!!

Delicious Protein Shake!

I wanted to share a yummy recipe for a protein shake that I have every single night it is so good, and honestly to me it tastes more like a peanut butter pie so it’s like having a desert every single night and best of all it’s really healthy and keeps you feeling full all night!

Peanut butter banana protein smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder (I use vanilla)
  • 2 large scoops of natural peanut butter
  • 1 C. almond milk

Just blend together and serve nice and cold!

One tip though, don’t try to put a whole frozen banana in your food processor, I did that and the blade snapped off and I had to get a new one!

Food Tip!

I just wanted to share a nice little tip with you that I’ve just started to do to make our meat go a little farther because with a family of our size and a low food budget, anything to help out is great.

I knew that you could make black bean burgers but I had never tried them, but I thought that if you can make black bean burgers and they taste pretty much like the meat does then why not just add it to meat to make it last longer.

So, I soaked, cooked, and then pureed the beans and added the beans in with my meat before I browned it so far I’ve only used it with deer but I’m excited to see how it tastes with ground turkey as well but I make hash brown casserole, and you could taste the beans a little but it added a nice flavor to the meal and then I did this with enchilada casserole too and it was really, really good.

I love the fact that you can use half the meat you would usually use and get more than double out of it, all while having it taste great and it’s also very healthy.

To do this, I just used half a pound of the meat of your choice and two cups of black bean puree, add the beans before you brown the meat and mix it all together as the meat is being browned and use it just as you would the meat.

Let me know if you try this and how you like it, just comment below!

I Love My Crock-Pot!!

No joke, I absolutely LOVE my crock-pot. ¬†It makes dinner time so super easy sometimes, I love knowing that I can toss in a few ingredients mix it up, and by the time it’s time to eat we have a wonderful delicious meal that I pretty much had to do nothing to make.

I thought I would share a few recipes I have with you I have already shared my potato soup recipe with you and you can find that one here: ¬† ¬† https://resourcefulhomeschoolmom.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/new-recipe/¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† But, here are a few more I have to share with you. ¬†One of my favorites would have to be chicken with cream of chicken soup and yes, it’s as simple as it sounds you just take several pieces of chicken (as many as you need for your family), ¬†a can of cream of chicken soup (I use the large cans), and enough water to completely cover the chicken stir and set for whatever time you want your food to be done usually I do it on high for 4-6 hours. ¬†The soup and water will basically make a gravy for your chicken, and I always serve this with brown rice and pour the gravy on the rice and steam some veggies for the side, the chicken just falls apart and is super moist. ¬†You can also make this with cream of mushroom soup I just don’t add as much water to the soup. ¬†Tip: once you’re done with the meal, save the gravy and freeze it to use for another meal later.

Another yummy one, take a whole young chicken (will also work with boneless, skinless), cover with water add vegetables (celery, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, etc.) and add either egg noodles or rice for a yummy chicken soup.  Again, you can cook this one high 4-6 hours or if you want cook it on low for 8-10.  I left the skin on the chicken and pulled it out whole set it on a platter and removed the skin and then removed the meat from the bone, I found that when I leave the skin on during cooking it just helps hold it together better and makes it easier to remove at the end of cooking.

Then I have my delicious french dip with au jus sandwiches, just get any type of roast I’ve used all different types, add in a container of beef broth cook on high 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours then once it’s done take a cup or two of the broth and add a small amount of worchestechire sauce just a tsp. or two and mix well, there’s your au jus. ¬†Pull apart the meat, and put into a french bread roll (I used whole wheat). ¬†Top with swiss cheese and enjoy. ¬†Serve with a salad or other vegetables on the side.

Last but not least hearty beef stew, you can either buy stew beef already cut up for you or get a bottom roast and cube it up yourself then chop up all your vegetables (carrots, celery, red potatoes, onions) and add them in now as far as the gravy and the seasonings you can do one of two things, nine times out of ten I usually take the extremely easy route with this one and buy seasoning pack specifically for crock-pot beef stew or you can make a mixture of beef broth with flour and add in your favorite herbs and meat spices.

There are a few I’m wanting to try but haven’t had the chance to yet are meatloaf and lasagna. ¬†Do you like cooking in your crock-pot? ¬†What are your favorite recipes have any to share, I love trying new ones comment below and let me know what they are so I can enjoy them too!

New Recipe

Here is a simple recipe we have mostly on busy days.  I love pulling out my crock-pot taking a few minutes to throw something in and knowing that when dinner time rolls around, everything will be done and we can enjoy a nice hot dinner without having to do the hard work.

Now, this meal is probably not the most healthy, but it is very yummy and we do occasionally have it. ¬†This one I’m going to share with you is potato soup and it’s pretty much one of the easiest meals I know to make if you don’t mind peeling and dicing potatoes.

For us, I always make extra so we can have more to eat the next day at lunch which makes for an easy lunchtime meal too. ¬†I haven’t tried freezing it yet, I’m kind of worried about freezing cooked potatoes I did that a long time ago and they just didn’t have a good texture so I haven’t tried it with the soup yet, but if you try this and freeze the leftovers let me know how they turn out it would be nice if it does work.

But all you do is take 7 medium russet potatoes, peel and dice them into cubes, you then add some chicken broth or stock and some water (I usually add about 8 cups of water and then add in 8 chicken bouillon cubes). ¬†Then, add in your garlic, we LOVE garlic around here, so I add several cloves, but it’s just personal preference, if you don’t like it then don’t add as much. ¬†You can also add onions, I just do the onion powder to get the flavor since some of my family members don’t like the texture of onion but if you’re like me and love onions then add about 1/2 to 1 medium white onion. ¬†All you do after that is cut it on I usually cook it for 4 hours but again, it just depends on how long you want it to cook, if you start it really early in the morning then cook it on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Once it’s done and you’re ready to dig in just add some milk again, it doesn’t have to be a certain measurement of milk it’s just to your preferred taste, I usually add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk to this. ¬†Serve with some yummy add-ins like bacon, chives, or cheese and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite crock-pot recipe that you go to for busy days?  If so, share it.

Is there any recipe you would like, just comment and let me know and if I make it, I’ll share it with you.

Super EASY recipe

So, last night I was totally unprepared for dinner and didn’t have very long before the kids HAD to be fed, since they have to eat every night I figured I better start looking in the pantry for ideas because again I was unprepared and didn’t follow my meal plan for the week so I was left with “nothing” to make so I thought. ¬†Earlier in the week I had thought of making enchiladas so I had bought wheat tortillas, salsa, and a few other ingredients but somehow throughout this crazy busy week the tortillas were gone and so was the cheddar cheese, so no enchiladas but I did still have the salsa and some black beans and I also had corn so what did I do I was totally lazy about it, I took out my casserole dish sliced up some chicken and simply poured some salsa, corn, and black beans over it and voila dinner!! It was so yummy we all loved it and it will for sure be made again. So here’s the recipe:

 

Easy Santa Fe Chicken

2 large chicken breasts sliced

1 can black beans (drained)

2 cans low sodium corn (drained) or 1 bag of frozen corn

1 jar chunky salsa (or make your own)

8 oz. mozzarella cheese (or you can use cheddar)

preheat oven to 375, place chicken in the bottom of casserole dish, pour beans, corn, and salsa over top of the chicken, stir then top with cheese cook for 30 minutes and it’s done! Easy isn’t it. ¬†Serve over brown rice.