Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cream of Chicken Soup for the Soul

I have a confession to make.  The last three recipes I cooked for my family were made with cream of chicken soup.  Not only that, but I will probably make them all again.  Because, yes, they were that good.

 I have mixed feelings about canned cream of chicken soup (hereinafter referred to as CCCS).  I'm a believer in the whole foods revolution. I don't want all of my food to come from a factory. I know there is crap in those cans of soup that I probably don't want in my body, or in the bodies of my children. But I'll be honest. I am eight months pregnant and pretty happy to be putting food on the table on a regular basis. So, don't judge. If you have sworn off CCCS you can stop reading now. You don't need to glory in my recipe success the way I do.  But ya know, these recipes were all easy. And these days, I am all about easy.

Recipe 1:  Curry and Rice

1 T. curry powder
1-2 t. sugar
1/2-1 lb. cooked shredded chicken
1/2 c. frozen peas
Cooked rice

I didn't even use a recipe for this one.  I just mixed a CCCS with a tablespoon of curry and about a teaspoon or two of sugar added some cooked shredded chicken and some peas.  Heated it all in a sauce pan and served it over rice.  Even my two year old ate it.  He usually takes one look at what I put in front of him and says "No like it" before even tasting it.  It took a little coaxing (and maybe a few threats) to get over that hump, but he did eat it.  And he did like it.

Recipe 2: Crock Pot Salisbury Steak

2 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. milk
1 pkg dry au jus mix
3/4 c. water

This recipe was a pin I stuck on my crock pot Pinterest board.  I made it to take to dinner at my in-laws.  We ate it with instant mashed potatoes and canned green beans and it was delicious.  Although next time I will probably make it with cream of mushroom soup instead.

Anyway, all you do is mix the beef, the onion soup mix, bread crumbs together and milk and then form 8 patties.  Brown them in a little oil and place them in the crock.  Mix the CCCS, au jus mix and water together and pour over the patties.  Cook on low for about 6 hours or high for 4.  Makes lots of yummy gravy.

Recipe 3: Creamy Pesto Sauce

1/3-1/2 c. pesto
1/2 c. milk
1/2 lb. pasta uncooked (I used penne)
2 c. cooked shredded chicken

My sister-in-law and I made a TON of pesto this summer.  She grew an abundance of basil in her garden and we turned lots of it into pesto.  Now I have the pleasure of coming up with things to do with it.  Here is one that I will be making again because it's easy and the kids scarfed it down.  My four year old even had seconds.  When does that happen?

Just mix everything but the pasta in a sauce pan.  Obviously, you will want to boil the pasta before eating it, but I think you might have figured that out on your own.  When the pasta was done I mixed it into the sauce, but you don't have to follow my lead.

Well, there you have it: three easy meals from a pregnant lady.


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