Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chicken & Noodles {Easy Comfort Food}

A couple months back I was reading the Old Farmers Almanac and it was predicting a much colder winter for North Texas. I love winter, so I was pretty excited about what I was reading. It even mentioned a high chance of snow for January and February, but so far we haven't seen a single flake. 

I know I should be counting my blessings seeing that the northeast is being pounded with repeated snowfall, but it still makes me a bit jealous. One thing we have had is our share of cold temperatures, but they have been sporadic to say the least. One day it's 78 degrees and the next day we drop down to the 30's. Not my kind of winter if you ask me, so I wish Mother nature would just pick a season and stick to it.  

When the weather is cold I break out all my favorite comfort foods to warm my family up. We purchase several whole chickens each month because they're pretty cheap and great for for a variety of recipes. One of my favorites is this Easy Chicken & Noodles pictured above. 

My husband is more of chicken and dumplings kind of guy, but I prefer both. There's just something about simple comfort food that I love so much. This recipe starts off in the crock pot and then I finish it on the stove top using my dutch oven. 

You can use any type of wide egg noodles, but I prefer to use Amish Egg Noodles or No Yolk Dumpling for this recipe. I purchase mine at a local Amish store or at Atwoods. Serve this meal with homemade rolls and a salad of your choice.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta - Simple Meals

Quick and easy meals are perfect when you're short on time but still want to serve your family a delicious home cooked meal.  One of the suggestions my readers always have for me is to post more simple dinner ideas for busy weeknights.   

I remember the days of working full time outside the home and trying to throw dinner together as soon as I walked in the door.  Most days it was a challenge so we just ended up ordering takeout. Today I am blessed to be able to work from home, so I have more of a consistent routine when it comes to meal planning. 

I do still have those over scheduled days and endless errands that sometimes keep me from getting a hot meal on the table. Those are the days that I'm thankful for semi- homemade meals like this Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta. This easy chicken recipe is part of a new series called Simple Meals at Walmart

All of the meals featured on the simple meals section are dishes that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. Each recipe has a grocery list feature to add and print the required ingredients for each meal. I normally cook most of my meals from scratch, but I do tend to use convenience items to simplify a few of our favorite meals.