Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cooking cheap and healthy...

"Back to the way my grandma cooked" is the result of my research on how to eat healthy. Eating potatoes, cooked various ways, rather than buying fries or hashbrowns or flakes at the store is how I'm going to accomplish this.
It means more work and less money.

While we planted seeds and got about half our garden in today...

Kate cut up, cooked & deboned a whole chicken for the first time today. She did a fantastic job! BOY, is that a lot of work! She boiled the chicken, then deboned it. We used half the chicken for my grandma's chicken & dumplings -- IT WAS FABULOUS!

We reserved the other half of the chicken meat for another meal. While the chicken broth was cooking down for the second 45 minutes, we took the skin & bones and boiled them again to get more broth out of it. So, out of 1 chicken ($5 on sale) and some flour, salt & pepper, we got 1 meal of chicken & dumplings, 4 cups of extra chicken broth & another chicken meal. We sopped up the broth in our bowls with homemade bread.

Chicken & Noodles, the old fashioned-way 2 hours

Jenn’s Grandma


Chicken, cut up


1 T


Salt & Pepper

1 pkg

Noodles, home-made

Brown chicken in butter. Fill large pan 2/3 full of water & bring to boil. Simmer chicken for 45 minutes, until meat is falling off the bones. Strain gook out of water, keeping water. Remove chicken & cool. Put water back in original pan, & add 1 additional cup of water. Boil noodles to package directions. De-skin, de-bone & break chicken into pieces. Add chicken to boiling noodles and simmer another 45 minutes. Heavily salt & pepper to taste.

This is extremely hardy.

Silence is a sword in the spiritual struggle.
–St. Faustina, Divine Mercy Diary

Dumplings (instead of Chicken & Noodles)

2 cups flour

1 cup milk or water (water = lighter dumpling)

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Drop by small forkfuls into boiling broth 10 minutes before you eat.

When we yield to discouragement it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future.

-St. Therese of Lisieux

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