I received Family Feasts for $75 a Week for Christmas, and have really been enjoying it. These are a couple of the recipes we've tried and really liked from the book:
Chicken, potato and black bean soup
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups water
4 medium-size russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 medium-size sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (did not include)
1 T. olive oil
2 cups chicken cut into bite-size pieces
1 medium-size onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 tsps dried oregano
2 tsps ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried sage
2 tbs seeded and diced green chiles (optional, did not include)
15 oz. can black beans, undrained
1/4 cup lime juice
Bring broth and water to boil in a soup pot; add potatoes and boil ten minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken and cook until it turns opaque. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring a few times, until vegetables are soft. Add oregano, cumin, cayenne, sage, and green chiles. Stir to combine and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add mixture from skillet into soup with boiling potatoes. Reduce heat to medium and add can of black beans. Simmer soup until potatoes are tender. When potatoes are done, stir in lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with taco chips. (We loved the crunch of these in the soup!)
Curried Chicken and Rice Casserole
The book says this makes an 8x8 pan, but it filled my 9x13. I also thought the rice/broth ratio was a little off so I'm posting this with my alterations.
2 T. butter * 2 ribs celery, chopped * 1 small minced onion * 2 carrots, chopped * 1 peeled and chopped apple * 3 c. brown rice * 2 c. diced cooked chicken * 4 1/2 c. chicken broth * 1 c. milk * 2 tsp. curry powder * 1 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a skillet over med-high heat. Add veggies, and cook for a few minutes. Add the rest of ingredients, and pour mixture into casserole dish. Bake 45 minutes (or more) until rice is tender.
Many thanks to Lisa in GA who sent me several crockpot recipes, including this one:
1/2 c. butter, melted * 1 c chopped onion * 6-7 potatoes, peeled, cubed, and cooked * 2 c. shredded chedder * 16 oz. bowtie pasta, cooked ** Combine butter and onion in slow cooker; add potatoes. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Spread pasta on top, and cover with remaining cheese. Cook on low 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.Lisa also sent me this delicious recipe:
Crockpot Cashew Chicken
2 c. cooked, diced chicken * 2 c baby carrots * 1/2 c water or broth * 4 T soy sauce * 8 oz snow peas * 1 chopped red pepper * 20 oz pineapple tidbits, drained and 2T juice reserved * 1/2 c cashews * Cooked rice ** Cook chicken, carrots, 2 T soy sauce, and water/broth in slow cooker on low for 3 hours. Stir in snow peas, red pepper, and pineapple. Cook 20 minutes. Stir in 2T soy sauce and 2T pineapple juice. Add cashews, and cook for 10 more minutes. Serve over rice.This BBQ chicken casserole added some variety to our usual fare. I omitted the corn (not a fan, unless it's on the cob) and decreased the BBQ sauce by 75% as it's a tomato-based product (due to Eric's allergy, though he can tolerate small amounts), and thought it still had plenty of flavor. Yum!
I know recipes for Banana bread abound, and I already have a go-to recipe. But a friend brought this over last week, and Eric and I agreed that it's amazing!1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 large bananas, mashed
1 c. chopped nuts
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Mix in sifted dry ingredients. Beat in mashed bananas, and add nuts. Pour into greased, floured loaf pan. Bake at 350* for 50 to 60 minutes, or until done. While warm, pour melted butter (1 tablespoon) over top, and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
And now for some LOSSES:
*I kept reading on various blogs about adding spinach leaves to smoothies, and I decided to give it a try. I like spinach, but I thought the smoothie was terrible. Thankfully, Nathan liked it, so he had the whole thing!
*Remember how I tried making cranberry sauce? Well, Eric was less than thrilled with the change in this dish. I now have several cups of homemade cranberry sauce and am wondering what to do with it. I'm sure I could find some recipes on-line, but I thought I'd pick your brains first since you always have such great ideas!
*I've seen lots of recipes for polenta lately, and decided to give this frugal staple a try. I was not a fan, and neither was Nathan. I had to coach him through swallowing his one and only bite!
*We recently hosted some of our neighbors for supper, and I made two kinds of soup, including white chili. I deviated from my usual recipe, because it's hard to guess the spice-o-meter for guests. Well, I leaned too far in the opposite direction, and the chili was really bland. Had I thought to taste the soup in advance, I could have remedied the situation. Once I tried it that night, I was so embarassed! It wasn't terrible--just not very flavorful.
So there you have it, a few of our recent wins and losses! Anybody else have some to share?