Gen. 1:3

Gen. 1:3
Let there be light.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Homemade Chicken Pot Pies

Easy Chicken Pot Pies

Another great and inexpensive meal. Take yesterday’s recipe for homemade chicken soup. Heat the leftovers to a boil. Thicken with either a mixture of cornstarch and water, or flour and water. Once thickened, pour into oven proof bowls. Top with either frozen pie crust (cut to the size of the bowls), or puff pastry (also cut to the size of the bowls). Sprinkle lightly with your favorite cheese and herbs. Bake until golden brown on top, approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve with toast or warm bread and a salad.

"This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it."... Anonymous


Psalm 23:6 " cup overflows."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flu Season

Flu Season

We got our flu shots at work this week. It reminded me of how miserable I am when I get sick. I am not at all pleasant to be around. All I want to do is sleep and have some hot chicken soup. Canned soup is good, but nothing compares to homemade. It is both tastier and cheaper. I try to keep a big pot around at least once a week. If not for me, then for someone else in my household that may not be feeling well either. There is a special feeling when you care for someone else who is ill.

Matthew 25:36 "... I was sick and you looked after me..." NIV

Here is my favorite chicken soup recipe.

1 whole chicken
3-4 cloves garlic
6 cups water
3-4 stalks celery
2-3 carrots
1 potato
2 C. egg noodles

Take one whole chicken, clean, remove the giblets, and place into a large crock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped garlic, celery, carrots, potato, and onion. Cover with water. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. If no crock pot is available, simmer the chicken on the stove top on low heat for 2 hours. Remove the chicken from the heat. The liquid is now the base of your soup. Salt and pepper to taste.

When the chicken is cooled, remove the meat from the bones, taking care not to get any small bones into the meat. Return the meat to the pot, discard the bones. Bring to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook until tender. Serve warm with crackers.

Enjoy, and stay well this flu season.

Psalm 23:6 " cup overflows."
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Beanie Wienies

Beanie Weinies

John 21:15
Jesus said "feed my lambs."

The can says pork and beans. Some people call them franks and beans. We always called them beanie weinies. Whatever the name, they are yet another cheap meal that sustains households with children. It is a meal that can be made, literally in about a minute: open the can, slice a dog, heat and eat. What could be better?

How about something with a little more nutritional value? The only pork that I’ve ever seen in those cans is two tiny chunks at the bottom that are predominantly fat. They should call it Pork Flavored Beans. Here is my take on a more nutritionally based and delicious version of beanie weinies.

Use black beans. They are high in soluble fiber (the good kind) and a good source of protein. White beans work well too. Soak them overnight to soften, then throw them into a crock pot and cover with water.

1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots
3 stalks of chopped celery
3-4 cloves of chopped fresh garlic
1 6 oz. Can of tomato sauce
1/4 C. Molasses
1 package sliced hot dogs (or substitute your favorite meat)
salt and pepper to taste

Simmer on low in the crock pot for 6-8 hours or until beans are soft and the flavors meld together. This one pot, for about the cost of two cans of pork and beans, will make enough for a family of 6. You will get more flavor, and better nutrition. It will also freeze well, or last in the refrigerator for a week. It is quick, cheap, and delicious. There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening, than coming home to a hot meal ready to eat in the slow cooker. Try it out. Enjoy.

Psalm 23:6 "... my cup overflows."

Dress Up Your Mac 'N Cheese

Dress up your Mac ‘N Cheese

John 21:15
... Jesus said "feed my lambs."

Macaroni and cheese has to be one of the easiest and cheapest meals on the planet. Children love it. There’s rarely a fight to get them to eat it. It is easy on the budget, and easy on the schedule. The problem is that even though you can get a box for about .30 cents, it isn’t very nutritious. Here are some tips that I have learned to help improve the quality of your economical dinner, without adding a lot of expense to your budget or time to your schedule.

First, cut the amount of butter in half. Whatever the box says, cut it way down, or eliminate it entirely. If you add an equal amount of fat free sour cream and a handful of chives instead of the margarine or butter, you have a new, much healthier taste. Stir in grated Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Fontina, or another favorite cheese. It will give your dish a whole new taste.
Add a slice or two of real American cheese to the mix after you have mixed in all of the ingredients. It will enrich the cheesy flavor and add calcium to the dish. You can also dice up your favorite lunch meat to stir in as well. Ham or turkey works well. My children used to love hot dogs sliced up in their dishes.

Cook your favorite vegetable in with the same water with the noodles (usually for only the last couple of minutes). Mix the vegetables with the noodles and sauce mix. Broccoli, cauliflower, onions, mushrooms, or green beans do well. Use any vegetable that you like. Experiment. Be adventurous. Top with chopped scallions, or french fried onions. Sprinkle with a shot of your favorite hot sauce for an even spicier twist.

Make nacho flavored mac ‘n cheese. Add jalapeno peppers or cayenne pepper to the mix when it is done cooking. Serve with tortilla chips instead of a spoon.

Take your mac ‘n cheese mixture when it is complete, and put it into a baking dish. Top with a combination of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 425 degree oven until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes. Serve while hot. Enjoy.

"...My cup overflows." Psalm 23:6