Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Condensed Mushroom Soup recipe

Here is a great recipe to make your own condensed cream of mushroom soup. I just made some and I made the recipe x4 and made 4 "can" size. (a can is 1-1/2 cups) So I now have 4 "cans" of soup in the freezer to use in recipes instead of buying cans! I froze them in bowls and popped them out and stuck them all in a ziploc bag in the freezer.
It cost around $.40 per "can size" to make this if you use real milk. I used powdered milk and mixed it with water simply because I am out of milk and didnt realize it til I had already started. Lol. So it would be even less im sure if you use powdered milk.
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup any broth (I used a beef bouillon cube to make mine)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • mushrooms, chopped and sauteed (how ever much you desire)
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over Med-Low heat.
  2. Stir in flour a little at a time until smooth, then remove from heat.
  3. Add broth and milk a little at a time, stirring to keep mixture smooth. Then, stir in mushrooms.
  4. Return to heat and bring sauce to a gentle boil; stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

My go to chicken recipe & Special Grilled cheese

I know everyone has a "go to recipe" that they default back to if they cant think of anything else to make. Well, here is mine. Its fairly simple and really good.

Lemon Garlic Chicken
4 Chicken breast
1 cup Chicken broth (or 1 cup water & 2 bullion cubes)
1/4 cup Lemon juice
3 T Parsley flakes
1 T. Lemon pepper seasoning
1 T. Minced garlic or 1 garlic clove minced

In a skillet mix together broth, lemon juice, parsley, lemon pepper and garlic. Stir to mix. Place chicken in the skillet. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes then flip chicken and cook another 10 minutes. Poke chicken with a fork or cut a piece in half with a knife to make sure its cooked through. Serve with Rice.

Also, I like to make my grilled chicken a bit special so its not so blah.
So when I butter my bread before frying them I sprinkle a little garlic powder and italian seasoning on the buttered side of each piece of bread. Fry like normal.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Warm Delights Rave

These are amazing.. which shocked me since they are packaged. BUT they arent pre made and in the cups already. They are actually little packages of brownie mix and you add water and mix, then pour the included package of caramel on top, microwave for 30 sec and let sit for 2 minutes. AHHH So good. Honestly it doesnt taste like its from a box at all.
Not the best for you Im sure but when you NEED chocolate cake these work wonders. .

Hot Chicken/Rice Salad

This is yum yum yum!! And its hot as in temp wise, not spicy hot. Its so yummy served with Peas and Applesauce.

2 Cups cooked chicken, chopped
2 Cups Rice, Cooked
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1/4 Cup Slivered almonds
1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 T. Lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together and stir until combined. Dump into a greased baking dish.(I used a 9'' pie dish) Crush about 1/2 tube of crackers and melt 1/4 stick of butter and pour butter over crushed crackers. Combine with your fingers until just moistened. Sprinkle crumbs over casserole. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
I used more like 1/2 cup of almonds cause I love them and I like crunch in my casserole. And the time to bake it isnt long enough to make the celery soft, they are still nice an crunchy too. If you dont like crunchy celery you may want to bake it a bit longer then.

Here is a good recipe to make your own Cream of Chicken soup instead of buying the canned. Its healthier for you too Im sure. . Although I dont very often make it, I confess I buy it cause I just dont have time to make my own most of the time.