Monday, August 8, 2011

greek pasta salad

One of my kiddos favorite meals is greek pasta salad with BBQ chicken breast.  It is a wonderful meal for this time of year because we have fresh tomatoes, cucumber, onions, green peppers and basil.  I made speggeti two nights ago and cooked about 2 cups of extra maccaroni noodles. I tossed them in 1/4 cup of greek with feta salad dressing from Kraft and put it in the fridge.  This morning I added the fresh veggies I meantioned above.  Also crumbled feta.  So delisious.  Tonight I BBQ chicken breast and Voila! Supper was ready. It is a great meal to eat outside or take cold on a picnic.  I just wished I had some corn on the cob too...mmmmmmm
Here is a link to a similar recipe.  I just use Tomatoes instead of olives so my kids will like it. Then it is also ingredients I have on hand and from the garden.

Monday, August 1, 2011

chicken soup

So here is a funny story.... I made this draft blog in june and I never posted it.  BECAUSE this soup was gross.  In theory it should have been good, but it wasn't.  So the lesson here is - no body is perfect, AND don't be afraid to make mistakes.  I'm going to try this again another time.  If at first you don't succeed....  Stay tuned for my cream of roasted garlic and potato soup recipe.  It is a no fail.

June 6th
I have been talking to a few friends about having meals planned for the days when they come home late and need to eat right away to keep their families on scheduale.  I use my crockpot at least one day a week.  Last night I was home so I baked a chicken in a roasting pan in the oven with potatoes and big carrot chunks.  I find that meal has very little prep and is the least amount of work for a really filling meal that everyone in my family will eat.  I know that tonight I won't be home to make supper til after 5pm so for an easy meal that everyone can eat on the run I made a chicken soup.  I took left over meat off the bones of the chicken and the leftover veggies out of the roasting pan.  I set them aside.  Then I filled the roasting pan with water (with the chicken bones in it) and boiled it for 1 hour.  i added 1tsp of italian spices and 1 tbsp of parsley flakes and some pepper.
While that was boiling I chopped the chicken and veggies.  I diced 2 stalks of celery and 1/4 of a sweet onion. This could all be dumped in a tupperware with the chicken stock and froze.  This makes a great meal to pull out and dump in the crockpot for a supper before you leave for work.  You can make this while you clean up from supper that night and have a meal ready for another day.  This supports my 2 meals in one plan.
I put my food in my crockpot and set the strainer over the top of it.  i slowly poured the roasting pan through the strainer.  I dumped the bones from the roasting pan (now strainer) back into the roasting pan and threw it out.  i added 1/3 cup of uncooked basmati rice into the crockpot.  That is today's chicken soup.  we will see how it turns out.  what we don't eat today I am going to freeze for a quick lunch another day.  What a great idea for lunch at work.

another hot week

Today is going to be a hot one.  Gary got air conditioner in each of the girls bedrooms.  It is a bit of a redneck/duct tape affair and has run into the carpet many times.  He set up a "system" now that will collect the water but the airconditioners shut off when they are full.  They get full after about 3 hours which I feel does not really solve the problem at all but since I don't want to deal with it I keep my mouth shut.
Tonight we are having left overs. Yesterday I put a cheaper cut roast in the crock pot, I think it was called a Blade roast.  I had thawed it in the fridge over night.  I put in in at 9am. I added  dried onion flakes, 1 can of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup of water. I let it cook for 8 hours on low. About 1pm (after my nap) I added small new potatoes that I quartered.  The liquid in the crock pot was suppose to cook into a gravy but I had to pour it into a pot and add cornstarch to thicken.  The meal was great.  I cooked carrots, green beans and beets from my parents garden. Everyone ate lots and we finished the day with a bath in the kids wading pool and a chocolate popsicle.  Tonight is leftovers and hopefully the air-conditioners will last the night.