Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thai Chicken Basil Soup

My husband and I recently went on a date to a Thai Restaurant. It was DELICIOUS! It was very authentic and unique for the rural place we live in. I wanted to recreate a soup I had there, but before I do....

I have a confession. I love to go to different restaurants, try something I know is different but bound to be good, and savor every bite as 
I examine every flavor/ seasoning I taste. "Hmm.... this has some basil and garlic in it." or "Hmm... I taste some cumin and paprika." Etc. My husband and I love to sit there and talk about the food. It's the closest thing to being a food critique on 'Chopped' as we can get. If the food is good I will attempt to recreate it, if it's worth recreating of course. Yes... some foods honestly aren't worth recreating. And yes, everyone has good and bad times ordering different foods, but look at the bright side; it's always an adventure! ;)

This Thai Chicken Basil Soup is an attempt at a recreation from the Thai Restaurant. And YES, it was worth recreating and I think I nailed it! Both stove style and in the Crock Pot! SWEET! 
And by the way, my little boy who isn't the biggest fan of soups over rice, LOVED IT! So, if he liked it, just about anyone will! Check it out!

Thai Chicken Basil Soup

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. Dried Basil Flakes
1 tsp. Powdered Ginger
1 Sweet Potato (peeled, cut and boiled in a small pot until just tender)
1 Orange Bell Pepper
1 Small Onion
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp. Salt

In a large soup pot, sauté chicken in the olive oil. Add the basil and ginger with a couple dashes of salt. 

When chicken is cooked through add the tender sweet potato. 

In a blender, place the onion, bell pepper and coconut milk; blend until smooth. 

Pour the liquid into the pot and Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Add the teaspoon of salt.

Serve over rice. 

*To add more fiber and protein, add a drained can of garbanzo beans into your blender. It makes it thicker, but seriously SOO good!


Crock Pot Thai Chicken Basil Soup

3-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts - trimmed and cubed
1 T. Dried Basil Flakes
1 tsp. Powdered Ginger
1 Sweet Potato - peeled and cut
1 Orange Bell Pepper
1 Small Onion
1 can Coconut Milk
1 tsp. Salt

In a greased crock pot place cubed chicken, basil, ginger and cut sweet potato.

In a blender combine coconut milk, bell pepper, onion and salt. Blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture over the chicken and potato. Give it a stir to coat the chicken. 

Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 6.

Serve over rice. DELISH!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Pot Sticker Soup

Need an easy soup? I DO! I love simple soups, and this one is VERY simple. 
I threw this together and it was gone in a matter of minutes. DELISH!

We love Chinese food and they always seem to have a yummy broth soup to start with at restaurants. When I made this our 3 year old son said, "Mom, this is Kung Fu Panda's Dumpling soup!" So, from now on, we will be calling this Kung Fu Dumpling Soup! You can call it what you like, Pot Sticker Soup, or
Kung Fu Dumpling Soup, both names are awesome!

Pot Sticker Soup

5 c. Water
1 T. Beef Base (I love Better than Bouillon)
1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 T. Soy Sauce
1/4 c. Chopped Green Onion
8-10 Frozen Pot Stickers

In a medium sized pot, combine water, beef base, vinegar and soy sauce. 

Bring to a boil. 

Add green onion and pot stickers. 

Cook for 5 minutes or until dumplings are tender. 

Serve immediately. DELISH!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chicken Nugget Salad

Did you ever think that something so "gourmet" could come from something so simple?!
Lunch is one of my least favorite meals; I'm hungry but never know what to eat! I don't want to cook a full meal because dinner will be in a couple hours, oh the struggles...sigh....

Let's be honest, as busy mom's with a million things going on, who has time to grill up chicken for lunch? Honestly?! Someday's I am so tired of cooking! I need something fast and easy! 
This salad is PERFECT! 
Make a fabulous salad with fresh and frozen ingredients. Done in 5 minutes! YES!

Chicken Nugget Salad

5-6 Frozen Chicken Nuggets cooked according to package directions (2-3 minutes in the microwave)
1/2 c. Frozen Blueberries (thawed in a bowl of warm water then drained)
2 c. Spring mixed greens (Or whatever salad you have on hand)

Top with your favorite salad dressing and dive in!

*Add some almonds, pecans, or walnuts to add an extra source of protein and delicious crunch.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Crock Pot French Dips

French Dip sandwiches are one of my all time favorite foods! They're so savory and delicious, it makes my mouth water just thinking about them. This was simple and delicious! I love when my crock pot works all day for me and presents a beautiful meal when I'm exhausted! "Dear Heavenly Father, please bless my crock to keep working for my family as hard as I do."
This is a home run for simple and truly delicious!

Crock Pot French Dips

1 Beef Roast
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. Water
3 T. dehydrated minced onion

Place all ingredients in a crock pot for 8-10 ours. 

Remove roast and place on a plate to shred.

With a small sauce pan place a strainer over top. Pour the juices from the crock pot through the strainer to leave you with beautiful beef broth.

Add 1 pkg. of Au Jus Mix to the broth and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Cut long hoagie buns in half and spread with butter. Toast the bread in the oven on the broil setting. 

Place shredded beef on your toasted bun, pour some Au Jus in a small bowl and dip your sandwich! 


* You can add Swiss Cheese, Mozzarella cheese, or Caramelized Onions to your sandwiches to boost the flavor even more!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Easy Egg Drop Soup

I don't know where you are in the world but right now, our weather fits the common phrase "April showers bring May flowers." It is cold and rainy! I need SOUP! 

I love soup - it warms the body and soul. I've wanted to try to make Egg Drop Soup for some time but was nervous I would mess it up. I had no idea it is seriously one of the fastest easiest soups EVER! Only 4 ingredients makes it quick to whip up and simply delicious! 

My family LOVED THIS! My kids had never tried it and loved something new.

Easy Egg Drop Soup

4 c. Chicken Broth (4 c. water 1 T. Better than Bouillon - thats my favorite soup base)
1 T. + 1 tsp. Corn Starch
3 T. Chopped Green Onion
2 Eggs - beaten

In a medium sized pot place chicken broth and corn starch. Mix until smooth with no lumps. 

Bring to a BOIL. 

Add the green onion. 

Very slowly, pour the beaten egg into the boiling soup stirring occasionally. 

Simmer for 3-5 minutes then serve! 

*We love to add a little soy sauce to taste.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nutella Smore's

Our kids have been begging us to use our new fire pit we recently made. We finally agreed and I started to grab the supplies for smore's while by husband started the fire. I grab the graham crackers, marshmallows, roasting forks, then...... I find we're out of chocolate bars. 
(panic stricken face)

(*Lightbulb*) "Wait.... we have Nutella! (aka Chocolate Crack) Let's use the best chocolate EVER! It's already soft and melty and tastes better anyway!

And if you look at it, TONS cheaper! How many more smore's can you make with a swipe of chocolate from a Nutella jar than individual bars of chocolate?! A TON MORE! 

WHOO HOO! This is definitely our new family favorite - I'm sure it will be yours too!
Why didn't I think of this sooner!?

Kind of funny, it started raining on us after our first smore's were finished. We were driven inside and used the stove! Hey, whatever works! Over a real flame, or over a stove, toasted marshmallows taste awesome ANYWHERE, and even better when you share it together!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Classic Blonde Brownies "Blondies"

These Classic Blondies just smell like LOVE to me. They are seriously one of my most favorite brownies - even though they're not really brownies.

I am CRAZY about chocolate chip cookies, no matter what form, thin and round, or thick and square! All are DELISH! I'm thankful I can raise my kids loving these as much as I did when I was their age!

 And don't forget the nuts! We are a house divided when it comes to nutty desserts. I'm crazy about nuts in desserts and my husband is not. That's okay, but when I make something, it's going to be to MYYYY liking, everyone else can just deal with it! Ha ha!
I need to make these again ASAP - this picture makes me hungry....

Classic Blonde Brownies "Blondies"

2 1/4 c. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
1 c. (2 sticks) Butter (room temp)
3/4 c. Sugar
3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 large Eggs
2 c. Chocolate Chips
1 c. Chopped Walnuts

In a small bowl combine Flour, Baking Soda & Salt.

In a large bowl beat Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar and Vanilla.

Add the Eggs.

Gradually beat in the Flour Mix.

Fold in the Chocolate Chips and Nuts.

Press the dough evenly in a GREASED 9x13 pan.

Bake at 375' for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool then cut! DELISH!

*Serve with cold milk or vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm....

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