Angel Chicken

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Photo from Southern Plate

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christy Jordan and Southern Plate. I love her website, and I love her cookbooks.

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As a southern woman, I love her recipes because she cooks like I cook, and cooks the things that my family loves. If you are looking for fancy schmancy “foodie” food, she may not be your cup of tea. If you are looking for simple, family friendly food, or want to learn to cook southern style, she is your girl!

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This is an absolutely delicious, slow cooker meal that is great for a regular family meal, or could be dressed up for company. I had planned to make this for me and my two sons last night, but it ended up being just two of us. I usually make pasta for the rest of the family to serve with this, and because I limit my carbs, I just spoon it in to a bowl. Since it was just me and Cooper, I served it with salad and fresh strawberries. Since I didn’t serve it up pretty, I am just using Christy’s picture…I hope she doesn’t mind!

My family likes things kind of spicy, so I added some Cajun seasoning, and I did use the wine instead of the broth. In her picture you can see that she used chicken tenders…I used chicken breasts and just shredded them up with two forks when it was done. That’s the way I roll, always a rebel…

I have a printable copy of this recipe here

The link to her post on this recipe is here

Angel Chicken
From Southern Plate
http://www.southernplate.com

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 packets Italian Dressing Mix Powder (0.7 ounces each)
1 cup White wine (you can substitute chicken broth)
2 cans golden mushroom soup
8 ounces cream cheese
16 ounce box angel hair pasta (entire box)
2-3 lbs frozen or thawed boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins (the more you use, the more this feeds)
Sliced mushrooms (optional)
Cajun seasoning (optional)

Mix butter, italian dressing mix, wine or broth, soup, and cream cheese in a sauce pot on top of stove.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and well mixed.

(Spray slow cooker with cooking spray!)

Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour sauce over. (I sprinkled mine liberally with Cajun seasoning.)

Cook on low for 6 -7 hours. (You could add some fresh sliced mushrooms to this with about an hour left to go.)

Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

To Serve Family Style: Arrange pasta in 9×13 dish and place chicken on top. Pour all sauce over.

For Individual Servings: Place pasta on plate. Top with chicken. Spoon sauce over.

Serve hot.

Kary

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10 Meals in an Hour…What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

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This is what I am doing this morning. Prepping 10 meals for two households in less than an hour!

This year started off with a bang. On New Year’s Day, we went over to my parents’ house for New Years Day dinner. A few minutes after we got home I got a call from my father. My mother fell down the back stairs and broke her ankle, and had two operations on it last month to stabilize it. My mother is a diabetic, and since diabetics are slow to heal, she was told to keep all weight off of it for 3 months. For some people, this wouldn’t be that huge of a problem. My mother has had both knees replaced. Both of her rotator cuffs have torn, and surgery could not repair them. She had a major back surgery last year. She is tough, but she doesn’t have the physical abilities to get around by herself without being able to use one of her legs!

I am an only child, so I have been trying to be over at my parents’ house as much as possible, and trying to keep up with her housekeeping chores as well as mine. We have church several days a week. I started homeschooling our 11 yo son after the Christmas break, and baseball season is about to start. Our 14 yo son has weightlifting after school every day, plays cello and bass in two orchestras, and has banjo lessons. I have my blog, my antiques booth, and my eBay store. My husband has just started a new job 4 states away, and will only be home for the weekend every two weeks. Oh, yeah…we are also trying to get a 132 year old, three story house moved! Eek!

I don’t like to grab fast food. I don’t want my parents to have to eat fast food. I have made a promise to myself to go primal, or as close as I possibly can. I feel so much better when I do! It isn’t easy when you are cooking for 6 people, and you are the only one who is on a special diet, but I am going to do the best I can! It has been really difficult some days to cook a meal at my parents house, then come home and cook a whole new supper for my own family. I think I have come up with a more manageable solution!

For the last couple of days I have been scouring the internet for slow cooker recipes I can prep and freeze, then throw in the slow cooker. Or my father can throw in their slow cooker. I really love Six Sisters Stuff, and my all time favorite, Southern Plate. This morning I accumulated all of my meat, vegetables, marinade ingredients, and a ton of gallon bags. I separated the meals in to meals for my parents, and meals for me and the boys. We can have the same meals on the same days, and on the weekend I can cook any side items for the meals, and take some to my parents and keep some for us.

This is what I assembled (I linked the recipes I used):
3 one pound bags of cooked ground beef
2 bags of Cornbread Dressing
2 bags of Apricot Chicken
2 bags of Brown Sugar Chicken
2 bags of Teriyaki Pork Chops
4 bags of Sausage and Peppers
2 bags of Buffalo Chicken

I also have a turkey breast, a ham, hamburgers, a pork tenderloin, cube steak, and some flounder. I will use the ground beef I cooked to make Ground Beef Stew, tacos, or spaghetti. I now have an impressive list of meals to choose from, plus some of these meals will make enough for two days!

1. Turkey Breast in one slow cooker, and the cornbread dressing in the other
2. Hamburgers
3. Hot dogs
4. Ground Beef Stew
5. A ham
6. Apricot Chicken
7. Brown Sugar Chicken
8. Buffalo Chicken
9. Pinto beans with the ham bone from #5
10. Teriyaki Pork Chops
11. Pork tenderloin
12. Sausage and peppers over pasta
13. Sausage and pepper sandwiches
14. Flounder
15. Cube Steak and Gravy

Whew! What a weight off of my shoulders! Now each weekend I can plan the meals according to our schedule, shop for and prepare the sides, and everything is going to be much more organized and easy!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Chicken Stew…What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

I feel absolutely awful! I have a bad cold, and the only thing I want to eat today is some chicken stew. I didn’t want to get up, but for this stew, I toughed it out. I am reposting this recipe…it looks so bad, no one wants to try it, but it is awesome!

Everyone has that special meal that just makes you feel better. When you are sick, cold, sad, tired or whatever, it fixes anything, or at least makes you forget about it for a little while. Mine is chicken stew. I don’t remember where the original recipe came from, and I have tried to Google the ingredients to find another recipe like it, but no luck.
Now I must tell you, there are no pretty pictures I could make of this stuff. When my husband and I got married in March of 2011, he had never tasted my cooking. You should have seen the suspicious looks he would give some of my dinners! It was hard for me to get him to even try this one, but now almost two years later he requests this probably more than anything else.

First you need some chicken. You can either use about a three pound chicken, or use about two pounds of chicken breasts. I am usually lazy and use one pack of three boneless, skinless breasts. Cover the chicken with water in a soup pot, and cook until it is done. Remove the chicken and let it cool. When it is cool, debone the chicken if necessary, and shred in to bite size pieces.

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Measure out a quart of the broth and return to the stock pot. Add one quart of milk. Make sure that you do not add any salt to this! You will see why later.

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Bring to a slow boil, stirring frequently. Add one cup of butter. Yep, that is right, two whole sticks. I never said this recipe was Weight Watchers friendly.

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Here is where you will really think I have lost it. Crush two sleeves of saltine crackers. Add them to the pot.

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Now you can taste it and see what seasoning it needs. Those crackers take care of most of the salt, and I like to add a lot of pepper. When it thickens up, add the chicken.

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Try it! I swear it is awesome!

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Kary

Chicken Stew
1 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lb chicken
1 qt. water
1 qt. milk
1 c. butter
2 sleeves Saltine crackers
Salt and pepper

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Quick and Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi

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I spent all day not being very productive. I was having fun working on my mod podge shoeshine kit and I didn’t do any work on dinner until it was 6pm and my sons were trying to make me believe that they were going to die if they didn’t eat in the next 30 minutes. I had bought some shrimp on sale at Bi-lo, so I threw my 11 yo son’s absolute favorite meal together in less than 20 minutes, including parsley garnish! I found a recipe for this somewhere, and have changed it to fit our regular portions and taste. I wish I could remember where I found the original, so I could could thank them!

Thanks, Momma, for my South Carolina platter from The Dish!

Quick and Easy Weeknight Shrimp Scampi
16 oz. linguine (or whatever pasta you prefer)
2 lbs. raw shrimp (shelled and deveined)
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
1 T. minced garlic (I use the kind in the jar)
1/2 c. lemon juice (you can use fresh, but I never have lemons, so I use bottled)
1 tsp. salt
Fresh parsley for garnish

Garlic Bread
Texas toast
Butter or margarine
Garlic powder
Parmesan cheese

To start, I go ahead and start the water boiling for the pasta. My family loves garlic bread with this, so I go ahead and get the garlic bread ready for the broiler and preheat the oven. My family’s favorite garlic bread is not fancy at all. I spread the Texas toast with butter, place it on a cookie sheet, and sprinkle it with garlic and Parmesan cheese.

When the pasta is in the water, I start the scampi. Melt the butter in a big skillet, and add the garlic, lemon juice and salt. Cook 2-3 minutes, until bubbly. Add the shrimp, and cook about 5 minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked thoroughly.

Put your garlic bread under the broiler. The pasta should be done now, so drain it, and add it to the shrimp. Toss together, pour into a serving bowl, and garnish with the parsley. Now your garlic bread should be done, so cut that up, and you are done! A quick and easy dinner that doesn’t taste quick and easy!

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks