Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Noodle Soup

This is my absolute favorite thing to make the day after Thanksgiving.  I love using up the leftovers and creating a meal that is fast and delicious! When I make my Thanksgiving Turkey I make lots and lots of Gravy.  I start by taking the neck, heart, gizzard etc. and placing them into a pot with water, salt, pepper, onion and garlic.  I cook it while the turkey cooks and keep replenishing the water as it boils down.  Then I remove the neck and gizzard and heart that I had in there and add all the turkey juice that I have from my bird.  I cook my bird in a cooking bag so it is east to just pour the additional turkey broth into the gravy pot...and trust me you will need a pot.  I thicken it with cornstarch and my Thanksgiving gravy is done and always delicious.  I put that leftover gravy in the fridge and the next night I dump it into a big this....
I chop up leftover celery and carrot sticks from the
 relish tray and add them to the pot.
I chop up leftover Turkey and add it to the pot.
I use both dark and white meat.
I dump a bunch of dry noodles on top.
It's about a pound - but I don't measure it.
I fill that pot up with water and give it a stir.
You can add some more salt and pepper for flavor if needed.
Just let that boil together until the noodles are cooked.
And there you have it.  Super fast and super delicious Turkey Noodle Soup made from Thanksgiving leftovers.  Add a leftover dinner roll and your meal is complete!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chicken Parmesan

Maybe I should call this Chicken Mozzarella because there is no Parmesan in this dish at all.  This is a pretty simple meal - no actual recipe so I will just walk you through the steps.  It did take about an hour or a little more to prepare so it's not super quick
 but it was pretty good.
I took a package of boneless skinless chicken thighs and placed them between wax paper and pounded them semi flat.  I breaded them with seasoned flour, egg, and then flour again and fried them in oil.
I put the fried chicken into a 13x9 pan
and poured a bottle of Marinara sauce over the top
and covered that with mozzarella cheese.
A lot of mozzarella cheese!
I covered that with foil and placed it in the oven
at 350* for 30 minutes.
While the chicken was cooking I started a box of pasta to boil and made up some garlic herb marinade. 
When the pasta was cooked I tossed the marinade on it for flavor.
A quick warm up of some green beans in the microwave
and dinner was done!
It was delicious.  I think my family would have rather had the plain fried chicken but it's good for them to expand their pallet once in a while!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ham and Potatoes

First I will say that looking at these photos just really makes me want to get a good camera!  Now for the food.....Ham and Potatoes.  Ultimate Comfort Food.  This is a go to recipe that I am sorry to say I just toss together. No measuring.  I will do my best to give you approximate measurements but I really just toss it all in and go.  These potatoes are made with Heavy Whipping Cream.  They are not low fat.  This recipe needs to either be made the night before and put in the fridge to sit or made in the morning before work or errands and let it sit all day before cooking.  The potatoes need to soak up that whipping cream
and need time to just hang out. 
Take frozen shredded hash browns and pour them into a 9X13 pan.
No measurement ... just fill it up about 3/4 full.
Add about 1/4 Cup Dehydrated Onion.
You can use a small chopped onion instead if you want.
Add about 1 T. Minced Garlic.
Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.
Add 2 C. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.
Add 2 C. Diced Cooked Ham.
Stir it all up.
Pour 1 pint of Heavy Whipping Cream all over the Potatoes.
Cover with foil and put in fridge over night.
I usually mix mine up in the morning, cover it with foil and leave it out all day.  I cook it at 350* for 1 hour.  If you are cooking it cold from the fridge you will need to increase your cooking time....
for an additional 30 minutes.
Hot, Delicious, Comforting....Ham and Potatoes...
Super easy but not low fat!