Cabage soup casserole

We’ve all heard about the amzing benefits of a cabbage soup….right? I’ve heard that its great for detoxing and other miracle properties….. Could be true since cabbage is really good for you. I, however, just like the taste.

So…

Here’s what you will needg

1 lb hamburger

Onion

About cup of chopped celery (optional)

Beef broth

Diced tomatoes

Tomato sauce

Cabbage…chopped

Salt/pepper

Garlic powder

Before we begin. Lidl recntly opened in my town last week. I’ve been dying to go. So I made a two week meal plan and wrote out my grocery list. Mind you I didn’t need any meat because I go to the local meat market..they have great prices.

I ended up with 55 items for only 58 bucks. Mind you I had a bag full of onions and celery. But my meal plan didnt call for the celery til next week and I didn’t want it to spoil. I was initially looking for frozen chopped celery but couldn’t find any. So…I decided to do it l. I spent half an hour chopping onions and celery just to freeze them. It will save me money in the future and it didn’t even take that much of my time.

The celery in this recipe is optional. I just had some so why not use it. The more green the better right?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

You will need to brown the beef. Half way thru I added the onion and celery so they could get nice and done before going into the casserole.

The hardest part I think was chopping up the cabbage. That is after you wash it. Always wash your veggies, fruits and the tops of your cans. Always.

While the beef is cooking chop up the cabbage and place it into your baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the broth, sauce and tomatoes. Pour this over the cabbage.

When the beef is done…drain it. We don’t need any of that grease in our dish. Add this to the mixture and bake.

It took about 2 hours for the casserole to bake so that the cabbage was all the way done. You do not want to serve something where the cabbage isn’t easy to chew.

Funny thing is….I like cabbage but not Brussel sprouts.

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Chicken pot pie and noodles

So chicken pot pie is one of the most beloved meals in my family. Honestly, it is. My recipe makes 4 pies. And those pies are gone within 2 days. I actually stole my moms recipe and threw in a little twist to make it my own.

Well last night I got a craving for some chicken pie. I mean its fall. It’s getting chilly. Who wouldn’t want some comfort food to make you warm? I know I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any pie crusts and I wasn’t in the mood to make any by hand. What I did have, however, is egg noodles. So the birth of chicken pie noodle soup was born. (Don’t take it too literal….I’m sure someone else has done this before.)

What you will need:

Roughly about a 1lb of chicken…cooked….I used 2 big chicken breast cut into cubes and baked.

1 bag egg noodles

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 container chicken broth

1 bag frozen mixed veggies

Water. I used about 2 of the soup can full of water.

Seasonings…this is up in the air. It’s actually based on what one likes. Spicy or more herbs. Whatever your taste buds desire.

You will want to cook the chicken prior. I always cut it up bake it with some salt and pepper maybe some other seasons, just depends what I’m feeling

The next part is by far the easiest recipe you will find. Throw all the ingredients into a pot except the egg noodles. Let this warm thru. (Please don’t really throw the ingredients…unless you’re prepared to clean up the mess).

Once the veggies are just about done (I determine this by how easy is it to bite thru the carrot or pea) add the egg noodles. Allow to simmer until the noodles are done and serve.

While the broth is heating you can add the seasons you want. Im not a fan of recipes that try to tell people exactly what season they need to use….what if I don’t like basil? Is it really going to ruin the dish if I dont put it in? So, in pretty much all my recipes…the seasonings like lemon pepper, cayenne, etc is up to the reader. Do you like hot food? My brother does, so he would add more hot spices to his food.

But there you are. A simple yet comforting dish that doesn’t take long at all.

Potato soup with chicken and carrots

I am a sucker for good potato soup. Its warm and creamy. The perfect cold weather food. So I wanted to try adding some things to this already wonderful dish.

What you’ll need:

1 lb chicken (cut and cooked…I threw mine into a foil packet in the oven with some seasons….juicy)

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 pack cream cheese (softened)

14 oz chicken broth

Carrors (this depends on how much is too much for your taste…I love carrots so I added quite a bit)

6 to 8 large potatoes (peeled and diced)

Boil your potatoes.

Once done take half of them and mash them. Like you normally would. This time I used a little bit of butter and heavy cream because I wanted it extra creamy….this helps to thicken the soup.

Take the other half into a pot with the broth, cream of chicken soup and the carrots. Let this simmer for just a bit. Stirring occasionally.

Add the mashed potatoes.

Slowly add the cream cheese stirring to mix it it.

Let this cook for about 15 to 20 mins.

Then TADA soup.

Lasagna or soup….. lasagna soup

So my husband likes lasagna but I hate dealing with the noodles. So a few months back, ok more than a few, I read about this lasagna soup. It sounded good so I wanted to try it. Unfortunately, I have a huge issue with following recipes to the T.

I didn’t get the meat in the photo because I was already cooking it. I tend to like dinner done by 6 do my kid eats by 6 and can have shower by 7 bed before 9.

What do you need:

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of your favorite cheese blend (I like fiesta blend)

2 jars marinara sauce

Garlic

Salt/pepper to taste

Lasagna noodles

Beef broth

Brown the ground beef and garlic. Drain. Return to pan.

 

Add beef broth and both jars of sauce. I usually add a little water to the jars, shake then pour in the pan. That way no sauce is wasted.

Add cheese and lasagna noodles as well as seasonings. Now all you got to do is stir occasionally until the noodles are done. Quick one pot meal that is so good I don’t have any left over….Thats also why I didn’t get a photo of the finished project