Saturday, October 24, 2009

Chicken Noodle Soup

2 T butter
1 c sliced celery
1 c chopped carrot
1/2 t onion powder (or 1/2 cup chopped onion if you prefer)
1 small diced potato
1 teaspoon thyme (if you don't have this go to the store, do not leave this out)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (again, go to the store)
4 cans (14 oz) chicken broth
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 lb or 1 1/2 c noodles (penne are my favorite)
2 c cooked chicken, shredded or diced
1/2-3/4 c water

First I like to cook my chicken in a slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours. Put two small chicken breasts in, fill the slow cooker about 1/3 full with water and sprinkle in 1 1/2 teaspoons of onion salt. After the chicken is done, either shred or dice and set aside. On high heat, melt butter in a large pot and saute celery, carrot and onion powder for two minutes. Add potato, thyme, poultry seasoning, chicken broth and bouillon. Bring all to a boil. Add the noodles and chicken and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Depending on how thick you want this to be, add up to 3/4 c water. It's pretty thick if you don't add any extra water due to the noodles.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shredded Beef Tacos

This recipe is great for all kinds of shredded beef. Take advantage of sales (Buy 1 Get 1 Free) and cook up some extra to store in your freezer for future meals. For plain shredded beef, omit the taco seasoning. You can replace it with a packet of onion soup mix, if you like.

Shredded Beef Tacos

3-5 pounds chuck roast (you can use 2 small roasts or 1 big one)

1 packet taco seasoning

1 onion

1 can beef broth

Preheat crock pot on LOW. Pour beef broth into preheating crock pot.

Sear roast on all sides & place in crock pot.

Sprinkle roast with taco seasonings - use it all! Slice onion & place on top of roast.

Cook in crock pot for 8 hours on LOW.

Remove roast from crock pot & place on cutting board. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart until shredded. Remove fat & grisle and throw it away.

Serve with your favorite taco toppings!

This meat freezes well & is great to use in casseroles or more tacos later. Enjoy!


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