Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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A cold winter blast just hit us here here in upper Michigan so hot soup sounded really good. I had some shopping I needed to get done so I thought the slow cooker would be a good fit to free up my afternoon. This Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe does require a little bit of prep time, but the end result is really good – serve as a side dish or stand alone meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pound chicken thighs ( 4 thighs)
  • 1 split chicken breast (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (divided)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup egg noodles
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • shredded cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Generously salt and pepper chicken thighs. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using the oil ,brown chicken breasts on both sides; remove to platter and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil in the skillet and cook the carrots, celery, and onion until mixture starts to brown. Add the tomato paste, thyme, garlic, and red pepper flakes cooking until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in 1 cup of the chicken broth scrapping any dripping from the bottom of the pan and pour the mixture into the slow cooker. Add bay leaves and remaining chicken broth to the slow cooker and add the chicken thighs to the mixture.
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken breast, wrap breast in aluminum foil and place foil packet on top of the soup mixture.
  4. Cook for 4 – 6 hours or until chicken is fall off the bone tender. Remove the chicken breast and thighs from the slow cooker and place a a platter too cool.
  5. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
  6. While noodles are cooking using a fork shred chicken into bite size pieces discarding the bones; add the chicken back to the slow cooker. Remove bay leaves, mix in the noodles, peas and parsley and continue cooking until heated through.
  7. Serve garnished with shredded cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks country

Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe

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For a quick baked beans recipe these Maple Baked Beans are really good. They don’t require many ingredients and don’t have to soak overnight, or spend hours in the oven or slow cooker.

I needed a quick baked beans recipe to go with a fish fry, and this recipe turned out to be a perfect match.

The next time you need a good side dish give this Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe a try.

Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cans pork and beans (15 ounces each)
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 bacon strips (cooked until crispy and crumbled)
  • 1 medium onion (cut in half and sliced – separated into ½ rings) Use your own judgment on this. Use an amount of onion you are comfortable with; to taste.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8 x 8 casserole dish lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the pork and beans, syrup, ketchup, and mustard; pour mixture into casserole dish.
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  4. Sprinkle bacon bits over the top, and then top with the onion rings.
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  6. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Adapted from Tasteofhome CookBook

 

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash

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Brown sugar and butter blazed over winter squash – absolutely delicious.

Every year I look forward to the winter squash varieties with my favorite being the butternut because of its smooth texture. However this recipe will work just as well for almost any winter squash.

Brown-Sugar-Glazed Winter Squash
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash or buttercup squash (about 2½ pounds)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray. Place oven rack at upper middle position, place empty baking sheet in the oven, and preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cut squash in half length wise and remove the seeds. Place squash on baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until flesh is tender. ( a fork inserted in the skin should go easily in)
  3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar.
  4. Flip squash to cut side up and using a pastry brush generously coat with the brown sugar butter mixture.
  5. Switch the oven to broil, and broil until squash starts to brown and a glaze is formed.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Recipe Book

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

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Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe

Wild Chanterelle mushrooms and zucchini fresh out of the garden adds up to a delicious summertime treat. This is a simple side dish recipe that doesn’t require much prep or cooking time. If you’re not a mushroom forager purchase them from the store and substitute Portabella mushrooms for the Chanterelle’s.

Sauteed Chanterelle Mushrooms and Zucchini Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle mushrooms (large ones sliced or quartered)
  • 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • 1 zucchini (cut into ½ inch chunks)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat melt the butter, and then add the oil. Place all the ingredients in the skillet except for the salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms have given up there moisture and the mixture starts to brown; salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve Hot

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Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe

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Foraging for mushrooms is one of my favorite hobbies this time of year. With the right amount of moisture they are very plentiful. I was out doing a training session with a new English setter puppy we purchased for bird hunting when I came across a large batch of Chanterelle mushrooms. That ended my training session in a hurry; I took the dog back to the house, grabbed a knife, and went for the mushrooms. Chanterelle mushrooms are one of my favorites.

This is a simple and quick sauteed mushroom recipe that is delicious over grilled steak. If you have fresh Chanterelle mushrooms available, wild or domestic, give this one a try they are really good!

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms with Shallots Recipe
 
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh Chanterelle mushrooms (halved or quartered if large)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until starting to brown (about 6 minuted). Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking for another 2 minutes; salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Adapted from Epicurious

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic

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I you like fried cabbage this is a must try recipe. The combination of the bacon, onion, and garlic is a delicious combination with the cabbage. You can serve this Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic as a side dish, or standalone meal. I served this dish, as a side dish, with grilled burgers.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon Onion and Garlic
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ¼ - ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large head cabbage (cored and sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. in a large skillet or sauté pan cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and continue cooking until onion starts to brown. Mix in the cabbage and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in the seasonings, cover, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking for 20 minutes or until cabbage reaches desired doneness. Add additional salt to taste if desired.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for Two

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This dish can be used as a side, or as a standalone recipe. This is an easy recipe to prepare and has a delicious, rich and creamy texture. I served this as a side dish with roasted chicken breasts.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for Two
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces mild cheddar cheese (Don't use Pre shredded cheese)
  • 1½ teaspoons cornstarch (divided)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅓ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the shredded cheddar and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. In another bowl mix together the other ½ teaspoon cornstarch and parmesan cheese.
  3. In a 10 inch oven proof skillet using the oil over medium heat, cook onion until lightly browned. Add the garlic and thyme; continue cooking until fragrant. Stir in the broth, cream, salt, pepper, and then add in the potatoes. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a high simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.
  4. Mix in the cheddar cheese and press the potatoes into an even layer. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and bake uncovered in the oven until the cheese is golden brown.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from cooks country

Funeral Potatoes Recipe

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This Funeral Potatoes Recipe makes a great side dish, or can be used as a standalone supper recipe. As the name implies this recipe was used as a side dish at funeral proceedings. The original recipe recipe serves 8 – 10 which makes it great for a get together of any kind.

Because of the number it serves I cut the recipe in half. If you want the original recipe that serves 8 – 10 just double the ingredients.

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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups frozen shredded hash browns
  • 2 cups sour cream and onion potato chips (roughly crushed)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and lightly spray a 1½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat cook the onions in the butter until soft and lightly browned.
  3. Whisk in the flour and continue cooking until flour is lightly browned. Mix in the chicken broth, half and half, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir constantly until melted.
  4. Mix the hash browns into the cheese mixture and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until hash browns are thawed, and then mix in the sour cream.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the casserole dish, top with the chips, and bake for 35 to 50 minutes or until hash brown are done, and the top is nicely browned.
  6. Enjoy

Adapted from Cook’s Country

 

Brown Sugar Glazed Butternut Squash Recipe

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Squash is supposed to be really good for you – and I guess it is, until you add all the good stuff to it like brown sugar and butter; but it’s so good!!
If you want a great recipe for a Thanksgiving Day side dish here it is.

Brown Sugar Glazed Butternut Squash Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash (2 to 2½ pounds)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Peel and remove seeds from squash and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Place the squash pieces in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Pour in the melted butter and toss to coat.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, lightly spray with cooking spray, and arrange the squash pieces in a single layer on the foil.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Mixing the pieces about every 15 minutes until squash is glazed and tender. (While mixing them try to flip as many as you can so they brown on both sides)
  6. If using the vinegar, drizzle the vinegar over the pieces, and serve hot. Enjoy

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Simple Deep Fried Apples Recipe

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Deep Fried Apples are one of my favorite treats in the fall. There are many ways to prepare them, some use cinnamon and sugar, others just cinnamon. I don’t like to hide the taste of the apple slices so I just dip them in batter and deep fry them; lightly salting them when they are done. They make a great side dish or standalone treat.
Give these Deep Fried Apples a try; enjoy
Ingredients
1 egg
½ cup milk
11/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4-5 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced into ½ inch slices)
Oil for deep frying
Directions
Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
1. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until smooth. (Batter will be on the thin side)
3. Dip apple slices in batter and deep fry until golden brown. Place on paper toweling to drain, and salt to taste.