Friday, May 23, 2008

Free For All Friday

Ok, today is Soup, Salad, and Side day. Please share one. I think we might need to add a dessert weekend, but we'll start that next week. I will be out of town, but will still be posting!

Easy Family Fruit Salad
Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup
Balsamic Green Beans
Grandma Stewart's Potato Salad
Baked Potato Soup


Cheryl said...

Easy Family Fruit Salad

1 can crushed pineapple undrained
1 can mandarin oranges drained
2 cans fruit cocktail drained
1 small package Fat free/sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix (or cheesecake!)
1/2 tub fat free whipped topping

Combine crushed pineapple and pudding mix in a large bowl. Stir until mixed well. Add oranges, cocktail; mix well. Stir in whipped topping. Chill and serve.

TaLaisa said...
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TaLaisa said...

Cheater Chicken Noodle Soup

Super simple and tasty. You have to try it with my unexpected additions.

2 quarts good chicken stock (I like the free range organic you get in boxes at Costco)

2 cups cooked chicken (I like to buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco and shred it for this)

1 cup baby carrots
1 cup sliced celery
8-12 ounces of dry pasta (my boys like the curly rotini in this) But whatever you have handy is perfect

1-3 garlic cloves (put through the garlic press) set aside
1.5 tsp dried dill OR 1 Tbs. fresh chopped dill
1-3 Tbs. Fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon usually yields 2Tbs)

Bring stock up to a boil. Turn down to a simmer. Add in Carrots and celery, cook 2 minutes. Add in Noodles, cook according to package directions. When pasta is done, turn off the heat and move the pot off the burner. Add in the chicken, garlic, dill and lemon juice. I like to keep more stock handy to make it more brothy. It's my favorite part.

For the longer version, I roast my chicken for one meal. Pick all the meat off the bones. Use the bones to make stock and use the leftover chicken in the soup.

I love to serve it with homemade yeast rolls and a green salad. It's one I'm famous for among the 'new mom' crowd in the neighborhood.

May 23, 2008 1:45 PM

Jocelyn said...

Balsamic Green Beans

Frozen or Fresh Green Beans
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Coarse Salt

Steam Green Beans until crisp-tender. Shock in cold water (or not!) toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. Serve with a little bit of coarse salt.

Anonymous said...

Grandma Stewart's Potato Salad
1 cup cream
3/4 cup miracle whip
1/2 T. mustard
1/2 tsp salt
3 T. vinegar
2 - 3 T. sugar
6 large red potatoes, peeled and chopped
5 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup minced onion

Whip cream with mixer only whip it until it is slightly whipped but VERY soupy. Add all the other ingredients except potatoes, eggs and onion. Place potatoes, eggs and onion in bowl. Pour over sauce and mix well. Can garnish with extra sliced egg and paprika. This really is the best potato salad you will ever try.

Unknown said...

Baked Potato Soup

4 large baking potatoes
2/3 c. butter
2/3 c. flour
6 cups milk
3/4 tsp. sald
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 green onions, chopped
12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/4 c. cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream

Bake potatoes until done. Cut in halves and scoop out pulp. Melt butter
over low heat. Add flour, stirring until smooth. cook 1 minute.
Gradually add milk; cook over meduim, stirring constantly, until
thickened and bubbly. Add potato pulp, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons green
onions, 1/2 c. bacon, and 1 c. cheese. Cook until thoroughly heated;
stir in sour cream. Add extra milk if necessary, for desired thickness.
Serve with remaining onion, bacon and cheese.