Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is hugs for the soul! I love chicken noodle soup!

 

This recipe is a tiny bit different as it has soy sauce and egg in it but stick with it, it is actually amazing!

 

I love making the little ribbons of egg at the end of the cooking process. You mix up the raw egg and then gently pour little bits into the hot soup to produce something that is aesthetically pleasing as well as delicious!

 

As it is very wet at the moment in Victoria, I love this recipe on a chilly night coupled with some good tunes and my woolly socks. I hope you find it as comforting as I do 🙂

 

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP


4 serves___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
1L of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 can of creamed corn
2 egg whites
rice noodles

Method

  1. In a large pot, add stock and the whole chicken breasts. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked.
  2. Remove the chicken from the stock and finely shred with a knife. Set aside.
  3. In the hot stock, add the soy sauce and creamed corn. Cook on a low heat for about 20 minutes.
  4. During this time, cook the rice noodles as per the instructions on the package and set aside.
  5. While the soup and rice noodles are cooking, whisk the two egg whites in a bowl and then gently, pour into the soup mixture. Give the soup a gentle stir and then leave the egg whites to cook.
  6. Once you have thin white ribbons in the soup mix (2 minutes), add the chicken and serve in large bowls with the rice noodles.

Photo Credit: All Recipes

 

 

Chicken Lasagne

Cheesy Chicken Lasagne

Oh. My. Goodness! This chicken lasagne is amazing!

And it wasn’t just me saying that, we had friends over when I made it and there was nothing left in the end because it was THAT good!

There are a couple more steps to this bad boy, just because of the cheese sauce but it’s worth it!

So don’t be intimidated! You can do it, I believe in you 🙂 

 

CHICKEN LASAGNE

Serves 6___Prep Time: 30 minutes___Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken Mix

3 chicken breast, chopped
3 cups of diced vegetables (I used cabbage, red+yellow peppers and some grated zucchini)
1 can of tomato

Cheese Sauce

1 heaped tbs of butter
1 heaped tbs of flour
2 cups of milk
2 cups of grated cheese
1 tbs of garlic powder

Other 

lasagne sheets

Method

Chicken Mix

  1. In a large frypan, heat some oil and cook the chicken until it is cooked on the outside, but still a little bit pink on the inside (5 minutes).
  2. Add your chopped vegetables to the chicken and cook until the vegetables are soft (10 minutes). If you want to speed up the process, put the lid on the saucepan and steam the veggies to get them to cook a bit faster.
  3. Once your veggies and chicken are cooked, stir through the tomato paste and put the mix aside.

Cheese Sauce

  1. In a medium/large saucepan, add the butter and melt it over a medium heat. Once it is completely melted (2 minutes), add the flour and stir until it forms a thick paste (1 minute).
  2. Keep stirring the paste (or a rue, as they call it in the cooking world) for about two minutes, really working out any lumps and being careful not to burn it!
  3. Add a cup of milk and stir again, breaking up any lumps that form (3 minutes). Once the mixture starts to thicken, add the rest of the milk and stir occasionally to prevent it from burning (5 minutes). Make sure that there are no lumps.
  4. After 5 minutes, your sauce should have thickened considerably to be like pouring custard. If it is too thick, add some more milk or water. If it is very runny, turn up the heat and mix it continuously for a minute or 2, that should do the trick! If not, mix a teaspoon of flour with some water in a cup and then mix  it into the sauce.
  5. Add the grated cheese and garlic powder, then stir until all the cheese is well incorporated and the sauce is smooth. Put the sauce aside.

Putting It All Together!

  1. Put the lasagne sheets on the bottom of a baking dish. (I used a 9×13″ dish, which holds 2.8L)
  2. Add a layer of the chicken mix, followed with some cheese sauce on top (enough to cover the chicken).
  3. Repeat this process until the dish is nearly full (about 2 centimetres from the top) and finish with a layer of lasagne sheets, covered with a fair amount of cheese sauce and a little bit of grated cheese.
  4. Bake in an oven at 350ºF/180ºC for 20 minutes, or until the top of the lasagne is nice and golden.
  5. Take it out of the oven and let it sit for about 10 minutes before you serve, as it will be extremely hot!
  6. Serve with a green salad.

 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Otherwise you can always take a picture of your cheesy creation and tag it:  #lifewithlists 

 

 

 

Chicken and Vegetable Alfredo

This Chicken and Vegetable Alfredo is really easy. Just cook some chicken and vegetables, add some sauce and pasta and you have a delicious meal which was quick to make but still packs a nutritional punch with all the vegetables.

 

You will notice that there are no photos for this post and that’s because all the ones that I took make this meal look like it is not as delicious as it really is! If you really like this meal, you can take a picture for me and post it on instagram @olivialouisetaylor or the Life With Lists facebook page. I would love to see them 🙂

 

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE ALFREDO

Serves 2___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

2 chicken Breasts, chopped into small pieces
2 cups of vegetables, chopped
1 jar of alfredo sauce
Spaghetti

 

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, cook your pasta according to the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a frypan, cook the chicken until browned.
  3. Add the vegetables and alfredo sauce and cook until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Serve in large bowls with some parmesan cheese.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Frozen vegetables are great for this meal, we used broccoli and brussel sprouts.

Green Thai Curry

Cheap and easy meal

I love green thai curry!

I think it is because of my time spent up in Darwin, which has the perfect blend of Australian and Asian cultures. Every Saturday, I would go to the local markets and there would be all sorts of goodies for sale. I generally got a vegetarian spring roll which was as thick as my arm! Or a green papaya salad. Dessert would be sticky rice with mango or banana, or a coconut and lime juice.

Yum! Yum! Yum!  Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

Asian food
The sweets from Parap Markets, Darwin. Photo Credit – Arafura.

Anyway, back to the curry…

 

I am going to admit, I royally screwed up this recipe! I thought I would make a vegetarian version with brussel sprouts and water chestnuts but the water chestnuts were from a can and had a weird “tinny” flavour to them. I may have used too much curry paste as well because I don’t read the labels.. So the moral of this story is: It’s great to experiment in the kitchen, but sometimes it will turn out wrong! (But that’s ok, because that is how we become better cooks!)

 

On the plus side, Alex really liked it but I couldn’t get past the tinny taste so I just had rice with olive oil for dinner instead 🙁

So, to make it up to you, I am going to use a fail safe recipe from Thai Kitchen because I have used this one before and haven’t messed it up.

 

GREEN THAI CURRY


Serves 4___Prep Time: 10 minutes___Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 x 400mL coconut milk
1/3 cup of stock
2 to 3 tbs of fish sauce
1 to 4 tbs of green curry paste
2 tbs of sugar (optional)
1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves (optional)
1 and 1/2 cups of cut up vegetables (I normally use peppers, snow peas and carrots)
500g of your protein of choice (tofu, chicken, beef)
Rice for serving

Method

  1. In a deep frypan or medium saucepan, mix the coconut milk, fish sauce, green curry paste, stock, basil (optional) and brown sugar (optional). Bring to a boil on a medium heat, then turn down to low to let it simmer.
  2. Once the curry mix is simmering, add the chicken to gently poach it.
  3. In another frypan, stir fry the vegetables until they are partly cooked (I like my vegetables crunchy). Add them to the curry mix.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, the curry is ready to serve on a bed of rice with some fresh basil and bean sprouts on top.

 

Photo Credit: About Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart-Warming Chicken Stew

Cheap and Easy Meal

This stew with chicken, stock and zucchini is as simple as a stew can get! I made it in my slow cooker and it was so nice to come home and have the delicious smells coming from my kitchen. If you don’t have a slow cooker then don’t worry, this can easily be made in a large pot as well.

My recipe is very simple, mainly because I didn’t think too much about this meal as I was making it. In fact, I was due to leave for work in five minutes and decided that instead of chicken fry stir (my original plan), I wanted a simple stew with some crunchy vegetables and fluffy rice. If I had a bit longer, I think I would have added some ginger and chili flakes for some extra warming and serve with a little soy and cilantro (coriander) for an asian twist.

SIMPLE CHICKEN STEW


Serves 2___Prep Time: 5 minutes___Cooking Time: 8 hours in slow cooker/1 hour in pot

Ingredients

2 chicken breasts
2 cups of chicken stock
1 zucchini
1 potato

Method – Slow Cooker

  1. Add the chicken breasts (whole) and stock to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Once you have gotten home from work (or woken up), turn the slow cooker to high.
  3. Chop up the zucchini and potato into cubes and add them to the mix.
  4. Let them cook for half an hour, while you are making the rice.
  5. Serve the stew on a bed of rice, with a dollop of sour cream, some chili sauce and some cut up green onions or parsley.

Method – Pot

  1. Chop up the chicken, zucchini and potato into cubes and add them to the pot with a splash of olive oil.
  2. Fry up the mix until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are brown, then add the two cups of stock.
  3. Turn the heat down low and let the mix simmer for half an hour while you are making the rice.
  4. Serve the stew on a bed of rice, with a dollop of sour cream, some chili sauce and some cut up green onions or parsley.

Variations

  • Add some fresh ginger (1 tbs), chili and lime juice.
  • Add a clove of garlic and a cup of mushrooms.
  • Add some corn (half a cup) and make some noodles instead of rice.

 

 

 

Pesto Chicken Pasta

Easy Cheap Meal

Pesto chicken pasta is one of my “go-to” meals when I either don’t want to cook or need something to eat really quickly!

I actually made the meal before Alex and I went to meet some friends. We were both hungry but didn’t want to spend money on eating out so we made this quick and simple meal instead. In just over half an hour, I had cooked dinner, eaten it and was out the door! Needless to say, we did the washing up the next day!

The only adjustment I made for you is that I added the broccoli into the dish. Normally I do this with my pasta meals, but because of my rush to get out the door, I completely forgot until I was eating .

 

PESTO CHICKEN PASTA


 

Ingredients

1 jar of pesto
1 chicken breast
Thick spaghetti
1 cup of frozen broccoli

Method

  1. Put a pot of water on to boil, add some salt to speed up the process. Once the water has boiled, measure out the amount of pasta that you want to cook and add it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, chop up your chicken breast into small cubes. Once done, fry in large frypan with some olive oil.
  3. Just before the pasta is cooked, add the frozen broccoli to the pasta. Please note, the broccoli doesn’t have to be in there long so do this step as late as possible.
  4. Drain the pasta and broccoli with a colander and return it to the pot. Add about half the jar of pesto, the cooked chicken and enjoy 🙂