Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What's for Dinner, October Week 4

Looking at my menu this week it seems like it's time for fall and comfort-style cooking.  Yum!

This is the best of both worlds; the ultimate comfort food of chicken and dumplings with an Italian twist!
Nonni-Inspired Italian Style Chicken and Dumplings
4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts or 6-8 boneless/skinless thighs
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2  15 oz. cans tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning or dried basil

Brown chicken (breasts can be cut in half) in large pan and add the onion and carrots to soften.  Add the minced garlic for the last couple of minutes, then pour in the remaining ingredients and stir.  Cook over medium/low heat until the chicken is almost cooked through and top with the dumplings, cover, and cook the 10-15 minutes until the dumplings are done.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried basil or Italian seasoning
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

In a bowl mix flour, parmesan cheese, basil or Italian seasoning, and baking powder.  (I don't use salt because of the parmesan cheese)  Mix milk and oil together and pour into the flour mixture.  Stir with a fork until combined and drop the mixture from a tablespoon to make 10-12 mounds on top of the chicken mixture.  Cover and simmer without lifting the cover for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Note:  Serve with green salad and more parmesan cheese!  Bone-in chicken works fine, or you could use a whole, cut up chicken, too.  Sorry about the photo, I snapped the one and the camera went dead, so I had to live with it. 

Leftovers and snacking for dinner. We have too much in and out. Brian has a swim dinner, Natalia Young Women's meeting for church, and Mario is in a play for school.  Three different directions!

Gone All Day Stew I don't brown the beef before hand, and I'm throwing everything in the crockpot on low all day.
Bread Sticks
Green Salad
Frog's Eye Salad


Lasagna Soup  I'm going to try this in the crockpot, too.
French Bread

Out for dinner, something cheap!

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