Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's Cooking?

This month I pulled out an old Campbell Soup cookbook to try new (and easy) recipes with the kids. I started at the beginning of the book, and most of the recipes involved tuna. I don't like tuna, but the rest of the family does.

Jasmine cook several times and Kaleb a couple. Kayla was mostly, well, being Kayla. Sigh.

We also discovered this, which is amazing on graham crackers.

We also had lot of easy food this summer, like mac and cheese and corn dog nuggets.

Jasmine loves all sorts of pasta, so any recipe with noodles stands a chance with her. She is our pickiest eater. She doesn't really like beef. But she does like tuna.

Diet soda cake. You only need these two ingredients. Don't use the water, eggs, oil or anything it says on the box. Simply mix a cake mix with twelve ounces of soda/diet soda. Bake according to the directions. It is more moist than normal cake, so I recommend making a 9x13 cake. Don't frost it. 

Tuna Casserole
1 can (10 ½ oz) condensed cream of celery or chicken soup
½ cup milk
2 cups cooked noodles
1 can (7 oz) tuna, drained and flaked
2 T diced pimiento
2 T chopped parsley
2 T buttered bread crumbs

Blend soup and milk. Add noodles, tuna, pimiento and parsley. Pour into 1 ½ quart casserole. Top with crumbs. Baked at 350F for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

This didn't last long at our house. Good cake/ soda combinations are strawberry mix/cream soda, chocolate mix/sprite, lemon mix/sprite or ginger ale, vanilla or white mix/grape, orange or strawberry, spice or carrot mix/ginger ale, sprite or mountain dew. Some people like chocolate/coke or root beer. I don't think we've tried  that combination.

Kaleb's recipe had noodles. cream of chicken soup, tomatoes and hot dogs. No one really liked it but him, so we didn't add the recipe to our collection.

This recipe was good, but it needs either noodles in it, or it need to be served over some kind of pasta.

Jasmine made ribs in the crock pot using McCormick's slow cookers seasoning pack. Rick pulled the meat off the bones so the kids could put it over rice.

Chicken Pot Pie
1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

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     Heat oven to 400°F. In ungreased 9-inch pie plate, stir vegetables, chicken and soup.
     In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.
     Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crust golden brown.

Makes 6 servings 

 This is a favorite recipe. Everyone makes his/her own with as much of each ingredient as desired.

Foil Wrapped Taco Chicken
Boneless chicken breast per person
Taco seasoning
Potatoes peeled and thinly sliced (a half of large or whole small per person)
Shredded Mexican cheese
Sour cream

Preheat oven 400F. Place serving of potato slices on a large piece of foil for each person. Cut the chicken into strips and put one portion on each foil on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with taco seasoning. (Per individual taste) Add one tablespoon of salsa and shredded cheese to each. Wrap the foil over the chicken mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Release steam and let stand five minutes. Serve with sour cream.
 Jasmine saw coconuts last time we went grocery shopping and wanted to get one. But how to get it open. Love these faces!! This was 5:30 a.m.
He didn't like it. The girls did. I'm not a coconut fan, although this had little taste. But I do not like artificial coconut at all.

Whew. I think we are caught up on cooking! I  know there were several months I didn't post, but this is what we've made recently.


Anonymous said...

Have you tried Nutella and lemon curd on graham crackers together? Its really good. I use to remind my kids of the story "The Little Red Hen" if they didn't want to take a turn cooking. :)


Katie Tripp said...

I love the cake/soda combos. My son has a friend who can't have egg, so I make cake with soda so he can have it and not feel left out at parties. I did a vanilla cake with cream soda to make a "butterbeer" cupcake, then drizzled butterscotch over it for a Harry Potter party. We also like to do the tin foil dinners, I love to do bacon and either ground beef or chicken breast! It's awesome that the kids do so much cooking!

Kathy C. said...

Erika--that sounds interesting!

Katie--I haven't tried doing cupcakes. They aren't too moist? Definitely have to try that. Jessica tried several recipes for hot and cold butterbeer.

Katie Tripp said...

I would probably do them in a foil cupcake liner if I did it again. They did stick to the paper a lot :) But they still tasted good!