Sunday, March 27, 2011

Strawberry Pie and Easy Chicken and Noodles

This pie tastes like spring. I found this recipe at Southern Plate. With strawberries going on sale, now is the time to make it. It is extremely simple. If you prefer, you can make your own crust and whipped cream, but I wanted to save time today.
Strawberry Pie
1 c. sugar
3 T. cornstarch
3 T. dry strawberry Jello mix
1 c. water
1 lb. strawberries, quartered (reserve 1 strawberry half)
1 graham cracker crust
1 container cool whip
In a medium sized saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch and Jello. Add in the water. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat when thick. Let cool. Put the strawberries in the pie crust. Pour the filling over the strawberries. Spread cool whip over the strawberries. Place the half a strawberry you reserved in the middle of the cool whip. Refrigerate until set.

Sometimes you want chicken and noodles but you don't want to spend all day rolling out noodles and boiling a chicken. If that is the case, this is the recipe you want.

Easy Chicken and Noodles
1 carton chicken broth
2 c. water
2 T. chicken noodle base
1/2 t. turmeric
1/4 t. thyme
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
16 oz bag of frozen noodles (like Reames)
3 T. flour
salt and pepper to taste
Bring the chicken broth, base and seasonings to boil in a large pot. Add in the chicken and the noodles. Cook for 10 minutes. Put the flour in a small bowl. Whisk in some broth from the pot. When it is a thick paste, drop it into the pot and stir it in. Simmer for 10 more minutes and serve. (We like to eat chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Try the steamable frozen mashed potatoes if you haven't yet. They are super fast and taste just like homemade mashed potatoes. I cook the bag in the microwave then mash the potatoes with butter and half and half or cream just like regular mashed potatoes. No peeling!)

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