The Meal that Keeps on Giving

The gift that keeps on giving!!

So, I really love cooking and unfortunately some nights it gets the backseat depending on how the day has gone. I have really tried to make meals that "stretch" and don't require a ton of prep work. Here are 2 of my favorites and I would LOVE to know any that you may have. They are delicious and so easy.

3-4 day chicken, i like to say "Bird's the Word" for this week.

Night 1.
Buy a whole chicken. Normally under $5.00 Tim's dad gave me these tips.
Wash and coat with salt, pepper, and fresh chopped rosemary (your house will also smell like christmas trees, fun)
Bake at 375 for about an hour.
Serve with veggies, bread.
After you cut up the chicken, place the "left over", or tim likes to call it the "carcus" into a boiling pot of water about 1/2 full for 30 min. Strain and add some chicken bouillon to taste. This is now a soup base, so refrigerate.

Night 2. Chicken Divan Deep Dish Pizza (thank you cheryl)
Use rest of chicken that you didn't eat for dinner (maybe 2 cups or less) and chop it up.
8 oz crescent rolls
2 cups broccoli, cooked and chopped
your chopped chicken
1/2 cup mayo
2 t brown mustard
1 can cream of chicken soup
chedder cheese (1 to 2 cups, depending on how much cheese you want)
Heat oven to 375. Unroll crescent rolls into ungreased 13 x 9 pan. Bake for ONLY 8 min.
Take out and distribute chicken and broccoli over crust.
In a bowl, mix mayo, mustard, and soup. Spoon evenly over chicken. Top with cheese. Bake 8-12 min.

Night 3. Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Soup
Take your soup base and add cooked noodles, a bag of frozen mixed veggies, and chicken (IF you have some left over from the whole chicken, if not just boil 2 chicken breasts and add in)

Other Fav....."That's a Spicy Meatball"....yes a dish, even though Tim calls me a spicy meatball all the time. Anyway.

You can either A. Buy a big bag of frozen meatballs or B. Make your own....they taste alot better. Basically we buy about 2 lbs of ground beef.....throw some breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, egg, s & p. Brown them and boil them.
Okay, second. Buy a massive can of crushed tomatoes and put some s & p, italian seasoning, a little sugar and let simmer. You have sauce.

Night 1.
Make spagetti and meatballs with Parmesan cheese.

Night 2.
Use leftovers and make Meatball Subs with mozzeralla cheese.

Night 3.
Use leftovers and make Meatball Pizza. Dough, Sauce, Cheese, and cut meatballs in half and put all over pizza.

Other updates:
Locks installed on all the doors over here. Willis lockdown is in progress. David furrowed his brow the first day and tells everyone now that "the door is stuck!!"

2 Questions I find myself asking Holly and David multiple times a day..
1. What's in your mouth?
2. Why is this wet?

We went to the Children's Museum of Atlanta today with my mom's group and had a great time. I thought I'd be smart and dress him in a bright orange shirt so I could keep tabs on him....great idea until 3 elementary school field trips showed up all wearing orange shirts. It was like trying to find Where's Waldo with David in that place.

I am getting excited about Memorial Day weekend!!! Any fun ideas? Please don't suggest the beach b/c I am done with that for now if you read that post.


The Partins said...

I make Chicken Pot Pie and it makes a TON and you can freeze one and have it a few nights later.

What you need:
2 frozen deep dish pie shells (thawed)
1 box (has 2) rolled out pie shells (thawed)

Ingredients to mix together:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast - boiled and chunked.
1 can carrots (drained)
1 can peas (drained)
1 of the BIG cans of diced potatoes or 2 reg. size(drained)
1/4 cup chopped onion (or some onion powder if you want to continue on the "I don't use fresh" path that I have chosen)
can of cream of chichen soup (or cream of whatever you like).
Pepper to taste (optional - can put on while eating)

Mix all ingredients in a big bowl, split between the two deep dish shells, and then cover with the rolled out pie shell, trim off extra, mash down edges with a fork so nothing oozes out, put 4 slits in the top to vent, and pop in the oven for an hour at 370. cook both, then freeze the second one.

SO tasty and the hardest/longest part is boiling the chicken, so you could add this to the afforementione rotation you mentioned in your post!

Also good when you have guests, as it easily fed 4 adults and a toddler for me(and we are talking 4 adults who eat WAY more than they should - and I didn't serve any sides with it.)

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