Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... pig?

That’s right folks.

I cooked and hardly anybody got sick!

Y’all might remember that I’m a bit challenged when it comes to food preparation.   Or at least the edible kind.

As for Mr. Daddy’s snide insistence that his wife cooks by smoke alarm, I beg to differ.  If the deaf chick can’t even hear the beeping, how does that even help?  (It would be more accurate to say that I cook by “neighbor notification” – when the neighbors come over and ask what that ungodly beeping is that is causing the horses to flip out in the back pasture.. (ahem).

So imagine my delight when I discovered a recipe that was Rachel-proof!  The true test is always when I ask Mr. Daddy if he’d eat it again.  The deer in the headlights look (especially when accompanied by gagging) is always a bad sign.

But if he can maintain eye contact and hold his food down while answering “yes”, the heavens open and the Hallelujah chorus begins.

Here it is – the rare recipe that managed to be consumed twice without any reports of food poisoning:

CROCK POT ITALIAN CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS ACCIDENT

Just grab the below ingredients and a 1/2 cup of water and you’re set:
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I’m a firm believer in being able to mix up the basics…

(and why YES, I am a smart shopper… a whole thing of chicken for FREE?  Boo-yah!)

This recipe is so easy that you don’t even need to thaw the chicken first – and you are ready to dish it out in 3 hours after essentially ignoring it.  That’s my kind of cooking.

Quick hint – I am totally adamant about not using “low sodium” or “low fat” items if they don’t taste just as good as the real stuff.  In this case, the Neufchatel cheese is even BETTER than regular cream cheese, and the low sodium soup is just fine.

Don’t beat yourself up – use any kind of pasta or rice you like.  Just prepare the noodles/rice right before serving.

So grab your Magic Bullet or blender or use some elbow grease to mix up the Neufchatel cheese, cream of chicken soup, zesty italian mix, and 1/2 cup of water.

Then realize that you haven’t seen your 3-year old in more than 11 seconds and crash his party to realize he was doing this:

IMG_5542(Oh yes he was – absolutely.  He had drawn all over his bedspread with chalk and was desperately trying to “erase” it.)

Attempt to discipline terror-stricken child without laughing – and thank the Lord Almighty it was ONLY CHALK.

Back to the kitchen - dump your soup mixture on top of the chicken that you’ve already thrown into this:

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Cook on high for 2.5 hours, turning the chicken a couple times - then grab a couple forks and shred up that tender chicken that you’ve been otherwise ignoring.

Time to break out your secret weapon (a.k.a: Rachel’s only successful detour from a published recipe):

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Oh my sweet friends, this was a stroke of genius I tell you!  Pull the dough apart and toss the chunks onto the shredded chicken mixture. You’ll probably only need half the dough – bake the rest or save ‘em to make this again in two days.  (Ahem) not like we did that or anything…

(Ok wait – I just realized that I used the phrase “toss the chunks” in a recipe post.  Probably not the most apropos verbiage.  Apologies!)

Seriously… this stuff cooks perfectly in the last 30 minutes and soaks up that yummy italian sauce flavor!  The flaky layers kind will soak up more, I think the regular biscuits would take up less.  And it might be a good idea to make sure one of the rolls of biscuits didn’t expire in October.  Just sayin’…

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Not the best picture, but there wasn’t time to mess with settings while tummies were growling!  There are a million ways to add color with side dishes and toppings (which I will leave to the masterful Daddy Bub).  And it is sooo nice to have a yummy meal that doesn’t need babysitting!

If any of you are feeling particularly sympathetic for my family, please do share your recipes!

27 comments:

HeatherOz said...

That is my kind of recipe! Easy and in the crockpot! Perfect
My hubby does most of the cooking but I made soup tonight and homemade breadsticks (using Rhodes frozen dough). Everyone loved it except Bailey and Daisy. I posted the recipe here: http://oswaldcuties.blogspot.com/2009/11/fall-food.html

Any of the veggies can be substituted for ones you like!

Momma Pixie said...

My slow cooker is my BFF! And how could anybody get mad at that sweetness? I love that he was trying to erase it before you could see it.

Kmama said...

Ooh, yum!! So wait, do you cook the noodles separately?

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Seriously-this is my kind of cooking!!!
I will be making this For Sure!!!

robin said...

I'm glad you found a Rachel-proofed recipe! I keep seeing recipes for crockpots but haven't yet bought one. I'm definitely not a great cook, not even a good one, lol! I may consider getting one now, thanks!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

And a P.S:
Love the chalk on the bed!!!
Been there-the good thing about chalk is that it comes out in the wash...unlike permanent markers-which I have also experienced!

GunDiva said...

I have a similar GunDiva-proof recipe. Only it has fewer ingredients - a grand total of three. Cream of Chicken soup, frozen chicken, and 505 Green Chili. Simmer until it shreds and serve over noodles or rice, or use it for burrito filling, or use it for chicken pot pie. Not that I'd ever make up enough to feed us for three days. Actually, I got away with it for a long time before the kids realized I was recycling the shredded chicken :)

He & Me + 3 said...

I am so trying this...I love my crock pot. Atleast your song used chalk and not hot pink nail polish on his comforter...Just sayin.
I am the worst cook...& I am all about easy. Thanks for the recipe:) YUM

Pam D said...

Silly Itty Bit! He totally cracks me up, especially the eraser part. Much better than when Adam laid on the wood floor creating an elaborate masterpiece using Sharpies, only to discover that they bled through the paper and there was a duplicate ON the wood floor. Fun times. And that chicken dish really sounds yumm-o... but I am wondering when you added the noodles, or if you substituted the biscuits instead? My wheels are turning; I can imagine adding a can of RoTel to the chicken while it's cooking to make "Spicy Chicken and Dumplings"... mmmmmm!

Foursons said...

Yes, thank goodness it was only chalk! Nolan took food coloring to our carpet one day. Yup, it was pretty alright.

I'm with Kmama- you forgot to mention when the noodles go in.
Glad you found a recipe that Mr. Daddy will eat more than once!

Rachel said...

Sorry y'all - I haven't figured out the logistics of adding uncooked noodles to save a pot, but I didn't even try because Mr. Daddy whined for rice (yes honey - that was bonafide whining :)

If you really want easy - get the 5 minute microwave rice (for those whiners, ahem), or just boil a pot of fun shaped pasta to serve it with!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Great post! I love your little man's artwork! ;)

Mr. Daddy said...

Thanks Dear,
I am so thankful to be reduced from loving status to whinny,

"o" how the lofty are toppled, and the proud brought low...

I love you too DEAR...

and you are welcome for the tip on sauteing the mushrooms tonight...Just saying...

wife.mom.nurse said...

yummy. I just finished making crockpot chicken tortilla soup to be served tomorrow night. It will be ready when I come back from class :)

i will print this recipe. Soup is such a comfort on cold days :)

Rachel said...

Ahem - DEAR... your backseat chef instructions were to essentially DROWN the mushrooms in white cooking wine. I was doing fine with them until you came along and insisted that they be staggeringly drunk.

Then you went back to blogging while I finished cooking. Yup... I love you too :)

Mr. Daddy said...

"O" DEAR.
Main Entry: 2sauté

Function: transitive verb
: to fry in a small amount of fat.

You can not put it on high heat without something, and a little bit of this and a little bit of that is better than a scorched shrooom on a Teflon pan...LOL

Rachel said...

Okay Dear - if you insist on having this debate in public, I will oblige... maybe our bloggy friends can help us out here:

that "small amount of fat" - was the BUTTER I'd already put in the pan. Since when is white cooking wine a "small amount of fat"?

I just hadn't put as much of the cooking wine in as you usually do... but that doesn't mean I wasn't sauteing those bad boys :)

Shana said...

OK Rachel. I love you and all but you seriously should not be talking about tossing chunks. Don't you know I am traumatized??? I will let it slide this time lol. Seriously though what is it with the chalk? blaze colors on everything with it. Except the chalkboard that is. he used to use it but I guess it looks prettier on the walls, floors, clothes, tables...you get the drift. But I do make him clean it up. The bad part about that is he likes to clean it up. Oh well like you said at least it is only chalk. Your recipe sounds really good. i will have to try that.

Heather said...

Sounds like a recipe even I could make!!! But knowing me, I'd screw up something!

Ah, heck, maybe I'll try it this week!!

Mr. Daddy said...

Yes Dear heart. I did notice that minuscule dab of butter.

Maybe the wine suggestion was so that the shrooms would be to drunk to notice their little shroom bottoms sticking to the pan????

And the adding of more fatty butter and wine was to make a better stock with which to saute with????
Just saying....

and the wine was not to be construed as fat, just a little more of that...*snicker*

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

I have a love hate relationship with my crock pot. I love to use it but I hate what usually comes out of it. This recipe looks good though even if it has the words "tossing chunks" in it, lol!

Jaime said...

Yummy! I just read this today and I'm working on my menu, so it's on there! Yay, can't wait to try it!
Thanks! :-)

Killlashandra said...

11 seconds! That's awesome. It never ceases to amaze how short a time period can go by when the house is suddenly too quiet and you know the boy is up to something. For me this always happens at bed time. Tell W.W. to go put pjs on and suddenly he's gone for a half hour and I dread discovering what he's done to his room during that time. LOL

Glad dinner turned out. Maybe I should send you those recipes in a jar just add the wet ingredients and you're good to go. ;)

Kameron said...

I'm going to start a recipe linky on Friday so that we can get out of this 7 dinner rut we've been in for a while! I will have to give your recipe a try!

Muthering Heights said...

That sounds delicious!!! I've never used my crock pot before, but I'm interested in getting started. Thank you for the inspiration! :)

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Only YOU could make something sound incredibly delicious and hilarious all at the same time LOL!! I am definitely going to have to try this!!!

So if you like Chicken Enchilada's I have a super easy and super yummy recipe I think you could make without making anyone sick ;)

Stacy said...

Looks super yummy! LOL at the expired biscuits...I feel your pain! I get all ready to finally use them and the darn things are expired. Love the in process picture of Itty Bit, too funny!