Monday, May 31, 2010

Light Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Light Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

We made this yesterday, so yummy. I found this in a taste of home magazine! I used fat free sour cream. And next time I think I might double the streusel since you use it in the middle and on the top!! And I am wondering if I could use apple sauce ( or apple butter) instead of butter?Next time!!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream ( I used fat free)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt ( I used low fat)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, yogurt, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
In a small bowl, combine the streusel ingredients. Spoon half of batter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with half of streusel. Top with remaining batter and streusel. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack to cool. Yield: 20 servings.

Friday, May 21, 2010

In-a-Pinch Chicken Noodle Soup

The stomach flu has been going around like crazy up here, and in the last week, my two kids and my nephew (we're watching him for a week), have all been taking turns throwing up. Fun. Anyways, yesterday I needed chicken noodle soup and realized that we were out of the canned stuff and I really didn't want to haul kids to the store. I also didn't want to make a really involved recipe, so I tossed this together on a whim, and it turned out really good! Todd proclaimed it one of the best chicken noodle soup recipes he's tried. I figure I'll write it down for the next time I need a quick batch of soup!


15 c. chicken broth (I used 4 c. of reserved water from boiling the pasta, 11 more cups of water, 7 1/2 t. herbox chicken granules and 7 1/2 T. chicken flavored "Better Than Bouillon")
3 cups of sliced or diced carrots
5 stalks celery, sliced or diced
1 yellow onion, diced
5 large cloves of fresh garlic, pressed
2 c. (dry measurement) mini pasta shells, cooked until "al dente", rinsed, and drained
2 cans of Costco chicken breast, drained and shredded (this came out to about 3 c. if you wanted to use regular shredded chicken...the cans just made it really easy and fast, and when I was already dealing with so many germs, I didn't want to add raw meat on top of my ever-growing list of "things to sanitize")
Black pepper to taste (I gave about 15 cranks of our pepper grinder)
2 T. Italian Seasoning

-Boil pasta in 2 quarts of water 6 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 4 c. if you want it to use for making broth if using bouillon. Rinse pasta with cold water to stop cooking, drain, and set aside.
-While pasta is cooking, chop celery, carrots, onion, and garlic.
-Add broth (or water if using bouillon) to the same pot used to cook the pasta (use a large pasta pot...this makes a TON of soup)
-Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bouillon (if using water instead of prepared broth), ground pepper, and Italian Seasoning. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
-While vegetables are boiling, shred chicken. Add chicken to vegetable mixture and boil for an additional 5-7 minutes until carrots are tender.
-Remove from heat and stir in noodles, adjust seasonings as desired.
-When this is too hot for my kids to eat, I throw in a small handful of frozen peas to their bowl to cool it off and add some more veggies. Great trick for any can also use frozen mixed veggies, frozen corn, or frozen carrots.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Freezer Meals

I know we talked about not doing themes, but I want to throw one out there. Do you have any recipes that you make that freeze well for later? Our compassionate service committee has asked for some of us to volunteer to have a casserole/meal in our freezer for when they need it. I just made three yesterday, all of which were enchiladas, but I have a confession I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food as a whole. I'll be going to Girls Camp for a week this summer and I'm sure the family would appreciate having something on hand in the freezer. So will you please post some of your recipes that freeze well, and make a label for freezer meals on the post so we can look them up. If you have Mexican food that freezes well feel free to share that too, because I know I am definitely a minority. Lets help each other out so we can stock our freezers with meals, so when we don't feel up to making dinner or some one need a meal we are ready. I can't wait to see what you have.