Wednesday, October 29, 2014

White Chicken Chili

One of the highlights of this past summer for me was loading the kids into the car and heading on a not-quite-two-hour road trip to see one of my best friends.  The hours between us and life, in general, keep us from seeing each other more than once or twice a year these days.  But during that visit, she presented me with this amazing recipe and made me promise to try it.  The very next weekend, I did, despite the summer heat.  I have made it three times since and it is a huge hit with my family.  And every time I make it, I get to enjoy some good memories, too.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, de-boned and diced
  • 3 medium onions, diced (I used a large and medium)
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3-4 cans great northern beans
  • 2 (32 oz) chicken stock (by order of the recipe author, this must be stock and not broth)
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilis
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup whipping cream
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Saute garlic and onion in oil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT for whipping cream.  Simmer 30-45 minutes
  3. Add whipping cream (and some corn starch if you would like a thicker broth).  Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheddar and sour cream, as desired.


Difficulty: easy
Time: 15 minutes prep, 35-55 minutes simmer
Source: one of my besties, Jen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Liesa's Throw and Go

My communications with my Aunt Liesa usually go something like this, "What time can we come to the pool?", "What is the temperature?", "What foods should I bring?" Recently, I got a text and photo that looked very similar to the one below. The message was something like, "I made this; it was easy; you should share on the blog."

I didn't have all the ingredients my aunt recommended.  No potatoes, but sweet potatoes.  No Italian dressing mix, but savory herb and garlic.  I figured it was worth a try.  One of the easiest and best meals I have ever made. EVER.

I couldn't keep my mouth shut about it, so lots of my coworkers have tried it with various soup mixes and dressing packets-ranch and Italian were favorites.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4-5 sweet potatoes, quartered (or red potatoes)
  • 2 cans of green beans, drained
  • 1 package of Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb and Garlic soup mix
  • 1/4 of a stick of butter, melted 
  • Optional-chicken broth (a few times I've not thawed my chicken enough so I threw in the broth midway through cooking to keep from drying out the beans and spuds)

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Use a 9 x 11 baking dish; spray lightly with olive oil.
  3.  Add beans, chicken, and sweet potatoes into thirds of the dish.
  4. Top with soup mix or dressing mix of your choice and melted butter.
  5. Cook for 35-45  minutes.

Second time-going with red potatoes


DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME: 5-10 minutes prep, 30-40 minutes baking time
SOURCE: My aunt