random bites.

by Janetha on March 23, 2011

in meals

YO! wow. just wow. i am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love everyone left on my last post. each and every comment was taken to heart and i have also received so many emails and have forwarded them all to momma b. it gives me the chills when i think about the support this community offers. i have heard from so many people—many who i didn’t even know read my blog. thank you for reaching out and taking the time to say something!

as you may have figured, a lot of things these past 5 days have gone unphotographed. i have eaten a lot of sweets. like.. a lot. and i have eaten a lot of casseroles.. but that is no surprise, right? i have managed to snap a few photos here and there, so i have decided to do a mish-mash post of random eats that i caught on camera.

last friday, i left off letting you guys know that i was going to make a redemption st. patrick’s day meal since i didn’t get to make it on actual st. patrick’s day. (that seems like eons ago now!)  well, redemption is sweet.

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i made my own recipe for sweet potato shepherd’s pie (which is, of course, a casserole in pie’s clothing)…

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and then i tried my hand at irish soda bread for my first time ever!

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it was so easy! and used no yeast.. i have had a few yeast flops so i am glad i didn’t have to try to mess with it. the recipe was the easiest ever—only 4 ingredients. flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. i used this recipe and used all whole wheat flour.

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dinner success.

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i recently tried a new type of probitoic drink (similar to kombucha) that every coconut lover NEEDS in their life.

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kevita. i got it at whole foods and it is $3 a pop. a friend of mine works at whole foods and gave me this one as a sample, but i think she was just trying to hook me for future purchases.

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the nutrition label is a lot like that of GT’s kombucha..

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and it tastes awesome. if you like coconut, that is. this one was mango coconut and it was definitely sweeter than GT’s kombucha, but the coconut flavor was nice and mellow. if you are in the market for some bacteria in your belly, give this a try. i liked it.

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i made heather’s banana chocolate chip cookies last night.

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i ate four.

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okay, five.. counting the one i had for breakfast.

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i brought the rest to work. these are too dangerous to have in the house. you should probably make them.

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i made taco soup in the crock pot last night and i am eating the leftovers for lunch right now.

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i added quinoa to it today. pretty sure you could add quinoa to anything to bulk it up and make it more delicious. i am on a quinoa kick, no doubt.

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and now, the best thing i want to share is my recipe for chicken pot pie casserole. SO DANG GOOD. and easy!

this recipe makes 8 BIG servings.

ingredients:

  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup sweet potato, diced small
  • 1 cup russet potato, diced small
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • 1 cup carrots, diced small
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups pearl onions, thawed
  • 1 lb bonesless, skinless chicken breast, diced small
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp TJ’s 21 seasoning salute (or similar spice blend)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (i used skim)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 TB cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa (yield 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 4-5 sheets whole wheat fillo dough

directions:

in a large pot or deep saucepan, bring your broth to a boil (fact: i just typed “bring your brother to a boil”—sorry brother.)

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slice and dice those veggies and add them all to the broth once it is boiling.

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cover and let the veggies cook for at least 8 minutes. they should be fork-tender. remove the lid and add your chicken.

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cook the chicken in the broth & veggies, stirring occasionally.

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once the chicken is cooked through (about 8 more minutes), turn the heat to low-medium and use a slotted spoon to dish veggies & chicken into a bowl.

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next, combine the milk and flour in a bowl with a whisk.

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add the cornstarch

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pour mixture into the broth.

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add all of your seasonings at this point. cook over low-medium heat until it is nice and thick.

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add your chicken & veggies back into the pot.

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mix well.

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add your quinoa.. which you should have cooked by now. you have, right? hope so!

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pour mixture into a 13×9 baking dish.

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get your fillo dough ready!

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don’t be worried if you tear it to shreds.. just make sure you get a couple layers of dough covering the casserole dish.

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bake at 400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes, until the dough is nice and flaky.

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time to dig in!

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nutrition info per serving (based on 8 for the entire recipe)

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delicious. comforting. healthy. amazing.

that’s all i’ve got for now! since i am behind on blogging, you can expect a few product reviews and giveaways in the near future. stay tuned.

Qs~

1. how comfortable are you with cooking/baking with yeast? me=not at all.

2. what meal screams “COMFORT FOOD” to you? this may be strange, but toast with butter dunked into cocoa (made with milk and nesquik—this is part is crucial) is the thing that is most comforting to me. we call it “cocoa and toast” and i grew up eating it for breakfast several times a week. and yes, i learned this from my sweet momma b! love you mom.

xo. janetha g.

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Christina March 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

That looks amazing! I don’t eat meat but I’ve made a similar one using just veggies but the filo dough looks like it makes it even better! Glad to see you’re back and everything is

Kelly March 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

My mom makes King Ranch Chicken and it is amazing!!!

Trisha March 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I made homemade wheat pizza dough with yeast this week…first time ever making something with yeast! I was terrified. But it turned out! Andddd I LOVE taco soup from the crock pot. Seriously, so good. And I’m looking into that Kevita. I could use some probiotic goodness in my life! Your mom is in my prayers. Keep it real!

Marisa March 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Guess what Sofi and I had for breakfast today?! Ultimate comfort food that reminds me of home… Good thing I get to come tomorrow! I am amazed at all of the love that was shared… So sweet! What website do you use to do the nutritional facts of a recipe? And what are you going to make me tomorrow?! ;)

janetha March 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

thedailyplate.com and anything you want!

Heather March 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I was just looking at an Irish sofa bread recipe last night! I think it’s got to be done ASAP.

janetha March 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

sofa bread sounds amazing ;)

Heather March 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

GAH! stupid iphone…i meant soDa bread :)

The Teenage Taste March 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

That chicken pot pie cassarole looks amazing! I love chicken pot pie!

PS – I made your Four Can Quinoa Cassarole yesterday and LOVED it! I’m having more leftovers tongiht…yum!

Abby March 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The only thing I’ve ever baked with yeast is pizza dough and it always turns out well. Comfort food to me is mac and cheese for sure! (Homemade of course!) That was my momma’s staple throughout my childhood!

a taste of health with balance March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

i read your recent post and wanted to say you’ve been in my thoughts ever since you told us something happened- i’ll continue to be sending good vibes your way and to momma b :)
and i love your casseroles.. i made the broccoli quinoa one the other day and subbed a cream of mushroom soup from trader joes and topped with goat cheese, and it was freaking awesome.

Allison @ Food For Healing March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

i guess im cool with cooking with yeast, just dont do it normally. I’m lazy? idont know lol
comfort food to me, is ice cream, milkshakes and fresh baked cookies. All things junk!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

sweet potato shepherd’s pie looks awesome
the taco soup recipe, great

those cookies…oh my!

and the coconut mango drink. reminds me of a cross between my homemade coconut milk kefir and homemade kombucha. I bet it’s like homemade booch but sweetened with some coconut water + mango juice. I am totally adding those two things to my next glass of ‘booch which i am off to pour now…thanks for the idea!

lindsay March 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

me too! great idea.

Naomi March 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

OH MY GAWD that looks good! and whole wheat filo dough?!?! I had no idea that even exsisted! i can leave it up to you to find all the good stuff! that also includes the coconut drink…sounds and looks so good! i havent had a kombucha in SO long mostly because I cant get myself to spend nearly 4 bucks on a beverage these days lol

comfort food to me is all about the jewish cookin’ bagels and lox, rugalach, challah bread, roasted chicken with dried fruit MMMM

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Everything looks so good! I just saved a few recipes :)

Erica March 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Wow! You sure have made some delicious eats. I am book marking the taco soup. Josh and I will LOVE that goodness. Isn’t soda bread awesome? It totally rocks. Don’t be nervous about yeast! If you want some easy bread ideas (that involve yeast)- let me know! And comfort food? My Mom’s spaghetti. And any soup/stew or chili. Hope your Mama is doing better. Much love you both!

Beth @ 990 Square March 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm

i’m thinking about you and your mom!

Marlow March 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Nerds! I was SOOO behind on my google reader and look at all that I miss!! I am so so sorry to hear about what you are your family are going through. I will be praying for you guys out here in NC!

lindsay March 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

hehe, I tried the mango coconut too. I bet it would be good in a smoothie! and I am so glad you have been showered in love, you are amazing!

Cheri March 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

We’re definitely keeping you and your sweet mom in our prayers. We made Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day as well. Love it!

Lauren March 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

So glad your mom is doing better!!!

That taco soup looks sooooo good! It has me in the mood or chili. ;)

The word yeast not only scares me, it makes me want to vomit. I can’t even stand to hear the word let alone try to bake with it. ;)

Pure2raw twins March 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I still have not seen that drink yet in our local stores, I am waiting, haha

I am not too scared with baking with yeast, it just takes patience, haha well for me at least. Though I try not to make things that require it because I am not that patient to wait, LOL

Renée March 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Apparently that toast/cocoa combination used to be a favourite of mine when I was younger.
I don’t remember it though!

katshealthcorner March 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I have like an entire bag of Quinoa downstairs that needs to be used. Thank you so much for this recipe! It is exactly what I needed. :)

xoxo
Kathleen

BroccoliHut March 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I am so NOT comfortable with yeast. I am a little less scared of it after having baked bread in my foods lab classes.

Sarah March 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

yeast – not so much. i’ve never tried and i don’t think i’m confident enough yet to try.

comfort food = grilled cheese. extra credit if it’s served with tomato soup! :)

Laura (starloz) March 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

i love how a bit of pastry can really help a meal become incredible.

MelissaNibbles March 24, 2011 at 2:06 am

The shepherds pie sounds tasty! Big hugs to you girl!

withasideofhope March 24, 2011 at 5:19 am

I’ve never had shepherd’s pie before. I really want to try it! I love that you made it with sweet potatoes. You must have been reading my mind because seriously, all day yesterday I was thinking about chicken pot pie because someone was eating it at work for lunch! I kept saying to myself, I really need to make this because I have such a craving for it! Looks so good! :)

Lauren March 24, 2011 at 7:52 am

I will definitely be trying THAT recipe!! I have never worked with phyllo dough before, so it could be interesting.

My favorite comfort food is my grandmother’s cabbage stew, or a big ol’ turkey dinner. But neither of those comes very often, so I’ll stick with mac & cheese.

Emily March 24, 2011 at 8:54 am

I tried the green Kefira and didn’t love it. The coconut mango looks good though!

1. I am one of those people with an irrational fear of yeast. Why is it so intimidating, really?

2. Pasta with homemade tomato sauce. Definitely. My dad’s home-cooked Italian food. I feel all warm and cozy just thinking about it :)

cleaneatingchelsey March 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

Those casserole looks so so good. I’m okay cooking with yeast. It doesn’t scare me! :)

You reminded me that when I go to WF today, I’m picking up a kombucha – I don’t care how expensive they are.. I have to get the cranberry one when I go!! AND My comfort food is chili or mac n cheese.

Emily March 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Oh yay! I’m glad you tried the Kevita. It’s SO good! I’m still scared about the other ones having alcohol, so i don’t but them. But since this one’s a different brand…whatever ;)

You are so brave to trim your own bangs! I am sure I would end up with a mullet if I even attempted to trim my own hair. you’re the bomb. miss ya. xoxo

livinlifeinlouie March 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I am so glad to hear your mom is making progress each day and hopefully they will find out what is going on. Your mom really is an inspiration- 58, works out each day, eats healthy, and she looks amazing. I hope to look like that when I get to my 50s!

Sending prayers your way.

kissmybroccoli March 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh Janetha! This looks incredible! I love the addition of quinoa! I could never get tired of eating that good for you grain!

I’ve baked with yeast a couple of times making bread. I still get nervous with it, but definitely not as scared as I used to be!

All time favorite comfort food will always be mashed potatoes WITH gravy…and lots of it!

I’m so glad your mom is doing better! Still keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers!

Christin@purplebirdblog March 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

I have totally wanted to try that Kevita… glad to hear it’s good! :)

Cole April 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

I just made this last night but instead of the fill dough I used what I had at home, biscuits! Turned out so yummy, thanks for the inspiration Janetha…helped me clear out my veggie drawer! hah…posted a picture here

http://punkinpies.blogspot.com/2011/04/life-lately-3.html

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