Sunday, February 26, 2012

Easy after work one dish meal.

Chicken Asparagus Skillet

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken, cut into 1 inch cubs
1 teaspoon salt free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash (R)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic minced
1 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced
8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
1 lb. asparagus trimmed of woody ends and cut into 1 inch pieces
1, 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
1/2 dry white wine

2 cups fine no yolk egg noodles

1/4 minced fresh parsley optional

Coat chicken cubes with salt free seasoning. Set aside

In a large deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic, onions and mushrooms until soft. Add asparagus and stir fry for 30 seconds. Add chicken, broth and wine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, lower heat to a simmer and simmer 5 minutes or until chicken is opaque. Stir in noodles, cover and simmer 10 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Sprinkle with parsley before serving if desired. Serves 4.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Easy whole wheat bread

This yeast bread fixes up in a snap. It also slices well and freezes well. It is especially good for toast in the morning. Make it first for hot bread with dinner and keep the rest in the refrigerator or freezer for future meals.


3 cups flour
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 package dry yeast
 2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup brown sugar
 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 cups whole wheat flour

Mix together flour, warm water, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat until very smooth. cover and let rise in warm place until light and bubbly, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Mix hot water with brown sugar and melted butter. Cool to lukewarm. Add to first mixture and add whole wheat flour. Mix until smooth, but do not knead. Place dough in 2 greased loaf pans and let rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Loaves are done when they sound hollow when tapped.

Cool pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully remove loaves to rack to finish cooling. Brush tops of loaves with melted butter.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Slow Cooker Beef and Wild Rice

Wild rice can be an expensive ingredient. I get a better price on it when I buy it on my travels to Wisconsin or Minnesota. My local bulk food store also has a more reasonable price than the grocery store.

Slow Cooker Beef and Wild Rice

1 cup raw wild rice, rinsed and drained
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced onion
8 oz. fresh mushrooms halved
2 lbs. boneless round steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash (R)
1, 14 oz. can reduced sodium beef broth diluted to 2 1/2 cups

Place ingredients in a 5 quart slow cooker in the order listed, do not stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serves 8.