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Chicken Noodle Soup with Cheddar Drop Biscuits {On the Table}

Have you ever roasted two whole chickens because your family swore up and down they were starving and then they only ate like half of one so you’re left with all of this chicken and you’re thinking what do I do with this? That’s what happened to me last week. I had one and a half delicious fresh roasted chickens sitting in my fridge; I didn’t want to toss it and I wasn’t in the mood for more roasted chicken. So I started thinking and thinking and thinking and it hit me: Chicken Noodle Soup. And a side of Cheddar Drop Biscuits. My family was all kinds of excited and I was too.

Chicken Noodle Soup and Cheddar Drop Biscuit Dinner {Living Outside the Stacks}

Naturally, I had to share the recipe with you, so here it is:

Ingredients

For the Soup

  • Roughly chopped roasted chicken (seasoned well; I used 1 and 1/2 chickens)
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 box Stelline pasta
  • 4 cups chicken broth (to make your own by boil chicken, vegetables, seasoning; strain and retain the liquid)

For the Cheddar Drop Biscuits

  • 2 1/4 cups Original Bisquick mix
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

For the Soup

  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large pot
  2. Add vegetables. Boil for about 15 minutes. Add Stelline Pasta and chicken, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes so that the flavors blend.

For the Cheddar Drop Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Drop by the spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  4. Bake 8~10 minutes or until golden brown

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve hot with the biscuit in the bowl
  • You can also sprinkle the soup with Parmesan Cheese
  • To up the flavor factor on the biscuits, add a smidge of garlic powder

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

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Banana Bread with Cranberry Trail Mix Crust {On the Table}

My kids love bananas. In fact, they love them so much that bananas rarely last long enough for me to make banana bread. So on those rare occasions when the bananas do start to get overly ripe, I jump at the chance to put some bread in the oven. Only this time I didn’t have any baking soda or baking powder… What to do? What to do? How about use what you have on hand?

So, here you go, Banana Bread using self~rising flour…

 Banana Bread with Cranberry Trail Mix Crust {Living Outside the Stacks}

What Ya Need

  • 6 Very Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups Self~Rising Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Cranberry Trail Mix

What Ya Do

  1. Preheat oven to 325º
  2. Cream together butter, eggs and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add bananas and vanilla. Beat well.
  4. Pour into a bread pan (this makes 2 loaves).
  5. Sprinkle with trail mix.
  6. Bake in oven for 1 hour.

Now Ya Eat

  • Can be eaten warm
  • My daughter puts peanut butter and honey on hers

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

 
 

 

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Homemade Potato, Corn and Shrimp Chowder {On the Table}

Have you ever wanted to eat something so badly that you thought about it all day long? That’s how I was the other night. I wanted Shrimp and Grits with Fried Chicken. Desperately. So I quickly drove home and, guess what? No grits anywhere in the house. So I started thinking and thinking and thinking and when I finally accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to get in my car and drive back in to town just for some grits, I decided to make chowder. Best decision ever. Here’s the recipe, I hope you agree. Potato Corn and Shrimp Chowder {Living Outside the Stacks} What Ya Need

  • 1/2 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cans Corn, drained
  • 6 strips Bacon, crumbled
  • 4 cups Red Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Milk
  • 1 tbs Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

What Ya Do

  1. Place potatoes, corn and onions in a large pot with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  2. While potatoes simmer, combine butter, milk and flour in a saucepan over medium~low heat and cook until smooth and thick. Stir constantly.
  3. Pour milk mixture into the cooked vegetables, add the bacon and shrimp. Cook until the shrimp is no longer opaque.
  4. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste.

Now Ya Eat

  • Can be eaten as is or you can add shredded cheddar cheese

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

 

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