Recipe: Easy Chicken And Dumplings

To us, nothing screams cold-weather meal quite like Chicken and Dumplings, but who has time on a weeknight for homemade dumplings? Not us! Cut some corners on the prep work and cleanup, but get all of the irresistible flavors of this comfort food favorite with our recipe for Easy Chicken And Dumplings. We dare you to find someone who doesn’t love this one…

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Boxes Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1.5-2 Cans Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Biscuits (or similar)
  • 2-3 All-Natural Chicken Breasts (boiled and chopped to bite-sized chunks)
  • 2 Stalks Celery (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Baby Carrots (chopped)

Method:

  • In a bowl combine cream of chicken soup and enough of the chicken broth (approx. 1/2 cup) to create a smooth, soupy texture.
  • Quarter the biscuits and with the palms of your hands roll the pieces into balls to create dumplings.
  • Combine the rest of the chicken broth, carrots and celery in soup pot and heat.
  • Once at a soft boil, add the dumplings. As they heat, the dumplings will swell significantly and ultimately shrink back down.
  • Once the dumplings have shrunken down, add the cream of chicken soup mixture and stir well.
  • Add the chicken and allow the soup to continue to cook until evenly heated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Nothing symbolizes domestic bliss like a family gathered around the dining table sharing a home-cooked meal. However, getting a tasty and nutritious meal on the table every night is a struggle for many busy families. Cooking from scratch is easier said than done when you’re juggling a busy schedule, but there are ways to make it easier. Keep a well-stocked kitchen with the help of Passanante’s Home Food Service, plan meals in advance as much as possible, and have a reliable list of go-to recipes you can make in a pinch!

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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a flavorsome dish requiring just a bit of chopping and throwing everything into one pan! Sauté garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, water, and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, add spaghetti, and simmer until cooked. The sauce will thicken and cling to the pasta. Mix in olives, capers, and fresh parsley — and serve! Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for five days and make a great cold lunch next day.

Roasted Chicken & Beets with Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This satisfying meal comes to together quickly with many ingredients you already have to hand. Roasted beets are the standout ingredient! They add sweetness while offering anti-inflammatory health benefits. On a baking tray, toss chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, and cumin. Combine beets and olive oil on a separate tray — or add them to the chicken for simplicity. Roast at 425 F for about 30-35 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Prepare the dressing by whisking coconut yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro together in a bowl. Plate up the meal and serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Bean Chili

Not only is one-pot chili a popular meal, but using one pot means faster cleanup. Sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add chopped tomatoes, water, red lentils, corn, and black beans. Black beans are rich in magnesium which supports bone health, while corn boosts the immune system. Simmer for twenty minutes so flavors meld. Serve with brown rice (cook grains in large batches to serve throughout the week). Double the recipe and you’ll have enough for two-dinners worth. Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze for one month.

Home-cooked meals shouldn’t be complicated — preparation and planning are key! Make sure your pantry is always stocked with staples like rice, quinoa, beans, and chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to stay on top of your reorders so you’re never short on your family’s favorites!

-Jane Bannister (Freelance Writer)

Fourth of July Flavors

Mid-Week Independence Day Party? Yes, Please!

4th recipes

Looking for some new flavors to add to your 4th of July celebration menu? Look no further. These are our Top-4 Must-Try recipes for your upcoming Independence Day party. Fire up the grill, ’cause it’s gonna be a hot one!

  1. Grilled Corn Salad with Tomato and Avocado
    • Eat it with a fork, or dip into it with a tortilla chip. This creamy summer salad is sure to be a Independence Day favorite – so make plenty. With ingredients this good, who needs “moderation” anyway? (recipe)
  2. Spicy Lime Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
    • Nothing screams summer quite like pineapple, shrimp and skewers. This recipe from Aberdeen’s Kitchen has us chomping at the bit and we cannot wait to serve these up as a simple (and portable) option this 4th of July! (recipe)
  3. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce and Greek Tomato Salad
    • We all think of burgers and hotdogs when we think about a classic backyard cook-out, but this elevated approach to a turkey burger is everything that’s been missing in our lives! (recipe)
  4. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey Ricotta
    • Every single word in this recipe name makes us hyper-salivate so we simply couldn’t leave it off our party menu! Juicy, sweet and savory – this is the perfect dessert for any backyard BBQ and even better – they take only minutes to make. (recipe)

Holiday Menu Must-Haves

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With Thanksgiving just days away, we wanted to drop some holiday day menu inspiration in your inbox. We all have our favorite holiday recipes, but if you don’t mix it up every once in a while you’ll never know what you’re missing out on! Step away from your holiday routine and give one of these incredible recipes a try – we know you won’t regret it!

RECIPE: Brussels Sprouts Gratin
If you’re like us and love all things cheesy – this recipe for Brussels Sprouts Gratin courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com is the ultimate Thanksgiving addition! Simple, gooey and delicious it checks every box making it the perfect side dish for the entire family… kids included!

RECIPE: Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac ‘N Cheese
Mac ‘N Cheese may not necessarily be a classic Thanksgiving staple, but we’ve never met someone who was disappointed to hear it would be on the menu…
This recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mac ‘N Cheese courtesy of CafeDelites.com offers a sophisticated twist on an all-time favorite.

RECIPE: No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
This simple, smooth and silky No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake courtesy of TheRecipeRebel.com offers a scrumptious twist on a dessert classic and tastes like fall!

Labor Day Delicacies & More…

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We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer filled with plenty of pool days, backyard BBQs and fun in the sun! It’s hard to believe the “end of summer” and Labor Day are less than a month away, but instead of dwelling on the bad, we decided to start planning for the fun!
We’ve complied a Pinterest board of some of our absolute favorite Labor Day delicacies for you to browse and (hopefully) enjoy with your friends and family. From sugary sweet treats to melt in your mouth marinades – our list has it all. Click here to check it out!
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