Main Dishes

Chicken with Olives

Chicken with Olives

Serves: 3-4

Time: 1.5 hrs

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Olive Taster

I like to make this dish with homemade chicken broth on the weekends when I have time to let it slow simmer. It would be great in a Crockpot though if you own one (I don’t amazingly enough.) This was my daughter’s favorite dish when she was little because she really loves olives. Actually, all three kids love olives even though my husband isn’t a fan. My daughter loved them so much she tried to give daddy “mama’s special (oil cured) olies” as a Father’s Day gift when she was two. I tried to explain that perhaps something else would be better, but she loved those olives so much she couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t be a hit.

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Chicken and Noodles

Chicken and Noodles

Serves: 4-6

Time: 3-4 hours

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Jar Shaker

This is my favorite comfort food. My children refuse to eat my mac and cheese because it doesn’t come from a blue box, but this, we all agree they will eat. It is warm and homey and makes a ton. I like to choose a day when the weather is totally terrible outside anyway and fill the house with the smell of baking chicken. The only thing this recipe takes is time to make. Preparation is straightforward enough. Be careful when adding the broth to the flour/butter mix because it will steam like crazy. I’ve given myself some nasty steam burns this way. Otherwise, it’s easy to make. I serve mine over either hot biscuits or mashed potatoes. Then I freeze whatever’s left for the next day when I just want something warm and hot and bubbling.

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Calzone

Calzone

Serves: 2

Time: 20 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Topping Spreader

The secret to these is a lot of cheese and very little sauce. I make my regular sauce recipe but just dip my calzone in it when they’re finished. I use a lot of the different cheeses and just a hint of veggies and pepperoni. I haven’t included quantities here because it’s very much about what you love to add. Sausage for example would be amazing in these. Just add slightly less filling then you think looks right, fill with your favorites (or my favorites below), crimp and enjoy.

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Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Lazy Cabbage Rolls

Serves: 4-6

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Mixing

This past weekend was the first for cabbages at the market (mine are starting to head up at home as well, yea!) and they were two dollars for a massive cabbage. Also my favorite vendor had ground lamb for sale at last and I really prefer ground lamb to ground beef in a lot of recipes. (think karnyarik or musaka, both lamb and eggplant delights) I had to get both. Then I was faced with the challenge of what to make. I remembered again my Russian friends and their many recipes for “lazy” cabbage rolls and decided that was far and away the way to go. Instead of steaming off each individual leaf of the cabbage I used my mandolin to shred the cabbage head coarsely. Then I layered cabbage, filling, more cabbage and tomatoes. Excellent and so much faster to make. Also, because the cabbage was mixed in my children were forced to eat it vs their usual method of peeling off the cabbage and only eating filling. Damn I’m sneaky.

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Real Homemade Chicken Soup

Real Homemade Chicken Soup

Serves: 6

Time: 2.5 hours

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

I wanted soup that was different and really, really good. So I bought a chicken, then roasted and boiled it along with some lovely aromatics for HOURS. And it was so worth it. In the end I had gorgeous, velvety broth that needed only a little bit of pasta and carrots and some of the boiled chicken to turn it into magic. Heck, you could drink this broth straight it’s so flavorful, but I do like the soup below the very best. I’m now hoarding my extra jars of it for the next major snowfall or round of common colds. I’ve even sworn to do better with my chicken carcasses. Now that’s some soup!

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