Grandmommy’s Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Noodles

  • 3 c flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Milk

Mix salt with flour, and place in a pile on waxed paper. Make a well in the center, and add three eggs. Lightly stir the eggs into the flour and add the milk, one-half eggshell at a time. Gently work the dough on the waxed paper, pulling up the sides of the paper to help mix it; if it seems really dry, add more milk. If it’s really wet, add more flour. Dough will be a little sticky at first but should come together into a smooth lump. Let dough rest for 5-10 minutes, covered so it doesn’t dry out.
Cut dough in half or quarters and roll out on a floured surface. Roll out to desired thickness, and cut into narrow strips. Separate the strips of dough and place on cookie sheets to air dry for an hour or so. Can be prepared several hours in advance.

Meat and broth

  • 2 split organic chicken breasts (with skin and ribs)
  • Cut up carrots, celery and onion (about one each)
  • 1 carton organic low sodium broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • A little salt and pepper
  • Small bit of desired seasonings like thyme, rosemary, basil or tarragon. optional)

Simmer everything over low heat in large pan until meat falls apart. Remove meat to a plate and allow it to cool. Strain liquid to remove mushy solids, and pick through for any bits of chicken. Return strained broth to the pan. Pick through chicken to remove skin, bones and cartilage, and rough chop the meat. Place the meat in the pan with the broth.
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To prepare:
Boil lots of salted water in large pan, and add noodles when water is really boiling. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to “remove the starch” as Grandmommy Nance would say.
Meanwhile, heat up the broth and meat mixture until it comes to a boil. Drain noodles from water and put in the broth and meat mixture. Cover partially, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until noodles are tender. Season to taste.

Shrimp with Rice Noodles and Sweet and Sour Dressing

 To Start:

  • Box of Rice Noodles
  • Shrimp
  • Peanuts for Garnish

Sauce:

  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine or Mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar

Dressing:

  • 3 TBSP fish sauce
  • 4 TBSP rice vinegar or lime juice
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 bunches chopped scallion
  • 2 bird’s eye chilies, minced (or a pinch of chili pepper)

Cook noodles as directed on package then drain.

Combine ingredients to make sauce, heat over medium low and add shrimp.  Cook 1-2 minutes per side.

Combine ingredients to make dressing.

Place noodles on a large serving platter, drizzle with dressing and arrange shrimp and sauce mixture over noodles.  Garnish with chopped peanuts.

Serves 4

Mediterranean Vegetable, White Bean and Feta Penne

Here is a great recipe from Clean Eating Magazine.  I didn’t have the veggies called for, but used as a base. I’ve never tried pasta and white beans together and it was great! We used tomatoes, asparagus and a dash of white wine in our version and tossed with shrimp.  The combo of feta, pasta and beans added an almost creamy texture and we will definitely make again!

  • 6 oz whole-grain penne pasta
  • 1 cup cooked canned white beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced, divided
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into eighths lengthwise, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into thin strips, then cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta (we stick to regular feta)
  1. Cook penne according to package directions, adding beans during the last minute of cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, 2 cloves garlic, vinegar, basil, pepper flakes and salt; set aside.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in same skillet over medium high heat, tilting skillet to coat bottom lightly. Add zucchini and bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes or until edges begin to brown, stirring frequently. Add remaining 2 cloves garlic and cook for 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in tomato mixture and drizzle with remaining 1 tbsp oil. Cover to keep warm.
  4. Drain penne-bean mixture, place in a serving bowl, sprinkle evenly with rosemary and all but 1/4 cup feta. Spoon vegetable mixture over top and finish with remaining feta.

Grandmommy Nance’s Chicken and Noodles

A staple in my family and required for our annual family reunion from my late great grandmother.  Recipe tried and true over 70 years!

Noodles

  • 3 c flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Milk

Mix salt with flour, and place in a pile on waxed paper.  Make a well in the center, and add three eggs.  Lightly stir the eggs into the flour and add the milk, one-half eggshell at a time.  Gently work the dough on the waxed paper, pulling up the sides of the paper to help mix it; if it seems really dry, add more milk.  If it’s really wet, add more flour.  Dough will be a little sticky at first but should come together into a smooth lump.  Let dough rest for 5-10 minutes, covered so it doesn’t dry out.

Cut dough in half or quarters and roll out on a floured surface.  Roll out to desired thickness, and cut into narrow strips.  Separate the strips of dough and place on cookie sheets to air dry for an hour or so. Can be prepared several hours in advance.

Meat and broth

  • 2 split organic chicken breasts (with skin and ribs)
  • Cut up carrots, celery and onion (about one each)
  • 1 carton organic low sodium broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • A little salt and pepper
  • Small bit of desired seasonings like thyme, rosemary, basil or tarragon. (Optional)

Simmer everything over low heat in large pan until meat falls apart.  Remove meat to a plate and allow it to cool.  Strain liquid to remove mushy solids, and pick through for any bits of chicken.  Return strained broth to the pan.  Pick through chicken to remove skin, bones and cartilage, and rough chop the meat.  Place the meat in the pan with the broth.

To prepare:

Boil lots of salted water in large pan, and add noodles when water is really boiling.  Stir and cook for a couple of minutes to “remove the starch” as Grandmommy Nance would say.

Meanwhile, heat up the broth and meat mixture until it comes to a boil.  Drain noodles from water and put in the broth and meat mixture.  Cover partially, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until noodles are tender. Season to taste and enjoy!

Lemon Panko Chicken with Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce (cream-free)

Time to experiment! Though will cave in for a really good recipe that calls for cream, I generally try to make all sauces cream-free.   This mushroom sauce is lighter and though it calls for butter, I’m going to try it as is prior to swapping it out for olive oil on the next try.  For the crispy chicken, I pulled inspiration from my Lighter Chicken Parm recipe below.
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), plus extra for serving
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Table salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 8 ounces each), trimmed of excess fat and sliced into cutlets

For the sauce:

  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 3 oz. cremini mushrooms, stems removed, caps cut into 1/4×1/2-inch strips
  • 3 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps cut into 1/4×1/2-inch strips
  • 3 oz. oyster mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/4×1/2-inch strips
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 Tbs. white apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth (low-salt canned is fine)
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary

Preheat oven at 475.

Start with the sauce first.  Set a large skillet over medium heat and put in 2 Tbs. of the butter. Add the shallots and sauté until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add the wine, water, and cider vinegar; raise the heat to medium high and reduce the liquids by about three-quarters. Add the chicken broth and again reduce by half.

Whilst the sauce is simmering, adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 475 degrees. Combine the bread crumbs and oil in a 12-inch skillet and toast over medium heat, stirring often, until golden, about 10 minutes. Spread the bread crumbs in a shallow dish and cool slightly; when cool, stir in the Parmesan

In a second shallow dish, combine the flour, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together. In a third shallow dish, whisk the egg whites, water and juice from half of the lemon together. (slice and reserve remaining lemon for garnish)

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, place a wire rack on top, and spray the rack with vegetable oil spray. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Lightly dredge the cutlets in the flour, shaking off the excess, then dip into the egg whites, and finally coat with the bread crumbs, Press on the bread crumbs to make sure they adhere. Lay the chicken on the wire rack.

Spray the tops of the chicken with vegetable oil spray. Bake until the meat is no longer pink in the center and feels firm when pressed with a finger, about 15 minutes. Whilst chicken is resting, add the rosemary to the sauce and taste for seasoning.

Serve over pasta or rice.

Toasted Goat Cheese Ravioli with Red Pepper Dip

This is one kickass gourmet recipe that is super easy to assemble and bake. Ready in 20 minutes (including prep) and you’ll look like a super star to your guests.  And it’s healthy!  These also freeze very well, so you can stock up.  To freeze, spread ravioli out on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes before putting them into a ziploc or other container.  Enjoy!
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese with herbs (I like the herb & garlic goat cheese from Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers (from water-packed jar), patted dry & chopped
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

    Preheat oven to 400° F and coat a baking sheet with oil spray.

    Arrange wonton wrappers on flat surface. Spoon a bit of the goat cheese slightly off-center onto each wrapper. Using your fingers, wet the edges of the wrappers. Fold wonton over and press to seal.

    Place wontons on baking sheet and coat with oil spray. Sprinkle grated cheese over tops.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes until wontons are golden and toasted.

    Meanwhile, make red pepper dip: place red peppers and sour cream in blender. Purée until smooth. Transfer dip to bowl and fold in basil. Season with salt and pepper.

    A Slightly Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo

    Pasta is not bad for you.  The point is in moderation.  We have pasta about 3 times a month and enjoy it thoroughly, because it’s homemade and made from fresh ingredients.
    • 10 ounces fettuccine pasta (we purchase it locally from the farmer’s market)
    • 1/4 cup Smart Balance Omega with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Buttery Spread (or your favorite margarine)
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 cup skim or reduced-fat milk
    • 1/2 cup half & half (because it’s a treat)
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we buy Parmigiano romano)
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettucine pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

    In a large skillet melt the margarine and add the chopped garlic. Cook on low for about 5 minutes, stirring often, making sure not to burn the garlic.

    Pour about a 1/4 cup of the milk into a small bowl. Add the egg yolk and beat together; put aside. Pour the remaining milk and half & half into the frying pan. Increase the heat to medium-high. As the cream starts to boil, mix rapidly using a whisk. Slowly add the cream/egg mixture. You do not want the egg to curdle. Continue whisking until well blended.

    Add 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese and continue to mix the cream. Pour in the remaining cheese and parsley and mix until smooth.  Remove from heat, and serve over the cooked pasta.