Angie Gets Organized

This is why I'm trying to get organized...for my family. I am a strong believer in family meal time, but I know that without a little planning, it will be hard to keep us all together. It will also be easier to spend money foolishly on prepared foods or fast food. I love trying out new recipes, so this is my site to pass on recipes, while also organizing them into a meal plan. I hope it helps you to keep your family together. I would love to hear what others are having for dinner, or see a new recipe or two! Feel free to leave me some feedback in the comments least then I would know someone is reading this!

It's not gourmet...just good food!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Homemade Chicken and Dumplins'

1. Cook a whole chicken in boiling water until meat starts to separate from the bone. Remove chicken from water, cool, and pick meat from bones. Strain broth to ensure no tiny bones remain.
2. Add onion, celery, salt/pepper, poultry seasoning, and parsley to broth (to taste). Bring to a boil and then add a bag of frozen peas and carrots. After veggies are tender, reduce heat of broth.
3. Add two cans of cream of chicken soup or one can cream of chicken and one can cream of mushroom soup. This will make your broth very creamy. Add picked chicken (that has been cut into bite-size pieces). You could also use canned chicken or cut-up chicken breasts if you don't want to go through cooking a whole chicken. But you will want to start with canned chicken broth so that the soup has a better flavor. Bring soup mixture to a low boil (you don't want to scorch the soup!).
4. Using the directions from side of Bisquick or Jiffy Mix box, mix up a batch of dumpling dough. For Jiffy Mix: 2 c. Jiffy Mix and 2/3 c. milk. Drop the dough onto the boiling stew, cover tightly with lid (no peeking or your dumplins will fall and be tough!). Cook for 12-15 min. Dumplins should be light and fluffy sitting on top of your stew.
5. If you have a lot of leftover stew after the dumplins are long gone (as happens in my family), the stew makes a great base for chicken noodle soup. Just add enough linguine noodles (broken into small noodles) to cook in the leftover soup. Makes a great "leftover" lunch for next day!

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