Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

November 2, 2011

2 tablespoons peanut oil (I had sesame seed oil on hand so I used that)

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 bunch of green onions chopped

1 onion thinly sliced and chopped

1 tsp salt

1 pound boneless skinless chicken

1 cup chicken broth

2 tbl soy sauce

2 tbl sugar (I did one white, one brown)

2 tbl cornstarch

Heat peanut oil in wok or skillet. When oil begins to smoke quickly stir in 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp of ginger, salt and yellow onions. Stir fry until onion becomes translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and stir until opaque, about three minutes. Add remaining clove of garlic and green onions. Stir in 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

I cooked 2 double batches of this meal to accommodate 4 families. On the first batch I for sure burned the garlic because I put it in first with the ginger instead of cooling the pan down with the onions. And I added both types of onions at the same time. The green onions wilted but the overall effect was a great caramelization and mixing of colors. This batch came out so much more beautiful and flavorful than the second where I followed the directions exactly. But I don’t know if I can replicate….

At this point I set the chicken mixture aside to cool, then I separated it into four ziplock bags.

I also provided 1 cup of jasmine rice

1/2 cup roasted and salted peanuts to go on top

Frozen Trader Joe’s Stir Fry Vegetables


The soy sauce mixture from the remaining ingredients above.

In a small ziplock I combined:

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons soy sauce (I used Kikkoman)

2 tablespoons sugar (1 white, 1 brown)

1/2 cup chicken broth

Then I labeled this the “Soy Sauce Mixture”

On the day of serving I will defrost my chicken, rice and soy sauce mixture bag the night before but leave the Trader Joe veggies in the freezer.

At dinner time I’ll start the rice first. After the rice is simmering for 10 minutes I’ll heat my wok/skillet up and prepare 3/4 of the bag of Trader Joe’s stir fry veggies as directed. In a separate pan I’ll warm up the chicken and add the soy sauce mixture and heat until thickens then I’ll layer my stir fry with rice, veggies and chicken/sauce then sprinkle peanuts on top.




White Bean Chili

September 26, 2011

2 Cups cooked chicken cubed or shredded – Merica seasons her baked chicken with garlic salt, pepper and onion

2 15 oz cans of Northern White beans, drained and rinsed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 8 oz can of diced green chiles

1 tsp oregano

4 tsp chopped cilantro

4 stalks of celery diced

2 cloves of garlic minced

3 cups of chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste

Put everything in a large pot and bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 20 minutes to an hour. Garnish with tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded monterey jack cheese. Maybe some avocado? Why not!


I’m going to make this chili today times four and separate into ziplock bags. On the day of the swap I will buy the garnishes to maintain freshness.

Tortellini Stew

September 20, 2011

1 lbs Sweet Italian sausage
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (Italian blend)
1 9 oz package of frozen cut green beans
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 cup beef broth (I put the entire can in to make it more soupy)

Crumble sausages into slow cooker and stir together with tomatoes, green beans, 
onion and Italian seasoning. Cover and cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. 
When 20 minutes remain, stir in tortellini, oregano and beef broth. Continue cooking. 
Serve immediately.

I brought this pre made (with the tortellinis in a bag to put in just before serving) 
to frozen dinner swap with frozen Bridgeford bread dough and materials for caramel apples. 

This was the perfect fall meal for me!


1/2 cup canned coconut milk

1 1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp yellow curry sauce

1/2 tsp chili oil

1 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast halves cut into strips

1 t/l fresh cilantro

1 tbl chopped peanuts

1 tbl sesame oil

1 tbl soy sauce

1 tbl brown sugar

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp lime

12 wooden skewers soaked in water

In a zip lock back  stir together all ingredients except for the fresh cilantro and peanuts. Add chicken strips and put into fridge to marinate or into the freezer. When ready to cook, place onto soaked skewers and grill until cooked through. If cooking under a broiler cook for four minutes on both sides or until there are nice crispy edges and meat is cooked through.

Thai Peanut Sauce

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut milk

3 tbl water

3 tbl fresh lime juice

3 tbl soy sauce

1 tbl fish sauce

1 tbl hot sauce

1 tbl minced ginger root

3 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a bowl, mix peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot sauce, ginger and garlic. Mix in cilantro just before serving.

Coconut Rice

1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1 1/4 cup water

1 tsp sugar

1 pinch salt

1 1/2 cups uncooked jasmine rice

In a saucepan, combine coconut mild, water, sugar and salt. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in rice. Bring to a boil over MEDIUM heat  and simmer 12 – 18 minutes until rice is tender.

Lainie’s Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 12


12 c. water

10 chicken bouillon cubes

4 chicken breasts

-Boil until chicken is cooked through.


-Take chicken out of broth and chop.

-Boil 8-10 oz. egg noodles in a separate pot.


-While noodles are cooking, put the following into the broth:

3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced

3-4 celery stalks

1 med. onion, chopped fine

-Cook until veggies are soft.



1 c. milk

3 cans cream of chicken soup

-then add back in the chopped chicken and noodles.

-Add salt and pepper to taste.

-Simmer for 15-20 min.


I love this served with cheddar biscuits.




Thaw soup overnight in refrigerator. Boil ½ bag of egg noodles. While noodles are cooking, heat up soup until hot.  Add egg noodles and simmer for 15-20 min. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Navajo Tacos

August 19, 2008

What is a Navajo Taco? It is a frybread topped with chili, sour cream lettuce and cheese. You can use your favorite chili recipe or even canned chili but this is sure to make your husband HAPPY!

Ok so first I took the recipe from Julie Cooks! for Crockpot Chili and then I multiplied it by 5. But here is the recipe for one family.

Brown & drain 1# extra lean ground beef.  While it’s cooking, put into the crockpot: 16 oz of kidney beans (rinsed, drained), 16-20 oz tomatoes (undrained), 8 oz tomato sauce, 1 chopped onion, 1/2 chopped bell pepper, 3 cloves garlic (or 1 1/2 t minced bottled garlic), 1 T chili powder, 1 1/2 t salt and fresh ground pepper.  Drain beef well, add to crockpot.  Mix well.  Cook on low 6-8 hours.

For Freezing: I cooked the ground beef and drained the fat and added all the other uncooked ingredients into a Ziplock bag. I doubled bagged this and laid flat. Be sure to squeeze out any air on both bags. On cooking day just dump contents of defrosted ziplock bag into the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours on low as directed.

Then I bought 6 loaves of Bridgeford Frozen dough and sprayed some pam into large Ziplock bags and put one loaf into each bag for each of the 5 families. On cooking day they will need to spray pam into a large bowl and cover it to let the dough rise for at least 4 – 5 hours so it is nice a fluffy to pull and make scones.  15 minutes before dinner time heat up oil (on medium) in a deep skillet for frying the bread. When oil is heated pull some of your risen bridgeford dough and make a 5″ circle with it pulled like you would a pizza dough. It should be 1/2 ” – 1″ thick and 5″ diameter and gently drop into hot oil. When one side is lightly browned, flip to the other side which will cook much faster. Remove from oil and have a plate with paper towels ready to pat off some oil when slightly cooled. Make as many scones as you can with the dough and if you have leftovers serve as dessert with butter and honey. So Good!

I also provided a refrigerator bag with sour cream, chopped romaine lettuce and grated cheese to go on top of the scones and chili.


1 cup sour cream
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. paprika
2 cloves garlic minced (I use the kind in the jar)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
5 whole chicken breast, skinned, boned and halved
1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbs. poppy seeds

1. Combine first eight ingredients in a container suitable for marinating. Add chicken breasts and marinate refrigerated overnight. Remove the coated chicken from mixture and roll in cracker crumbs. Arrange in a single layer in a 9×13 pan. Melt butter and pour half over the chicken. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Spoon the remaining butter and the poppy sees over the chicken and cook 15 minutes longer.

I have made this recipe with chicken tenders instead and it turns out great – just reduce total baking time by one half to two thirds. Also, if you double the chicken in this recipe, it isn’t necessary to double the marinade. If you do more, then increase marinade accordingly. You can also make a lower fat version of less butter and it’s great too.