Recipes

Pinterest Recipe Success: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup & Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

I have a terrible habit of pinning a bunch of recipes to Pinterest that sound amazing and never EVER making them.  I pointed this out when my niece posted on Facebook that she was making a cookbook of her favorite Pinterest recipes – she has tried almost all of her recipes that she’s pinned, and I’m over here like… “Oh it looks really yummy and I could totally make that but naawww…”

Well I set my mind to it and decided this weekend that I was going to make a Pinterest recipe, so help me… and I ended up making two that turned out delicious!

The first recipe that I tried was Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup.  I liked this recipe in particular because most of the creamy chicken noodle soup recipes I had seen called for canned cream soups.  I wanted something more from scratch, and I wanted something I could make in the crock-pot.  Voila!  This was the perfect recipe.

Except… when I decided to make it, it was Sunday.  And I didn’t have all of the ingredients that I needed.  Which meant I had to go to the grocery store… on a Sunday.  By the time I got back home from that marathon of a shopping trip, it was past 4pm and there was no way that I could wait 4+ hours for a meal!  So I decided to just wing it and try my own spin on the recipe.  Amazingly… it turned out GREAT!

You can check out the recipe from the above link, and here’s what I did differently.

  • I chopped up 2 stalks of celery because they looked like enough to me.  I chopped baby carrots so that I had about the same amount of carrots as I did celery, and I chopped up onions so I had just a little less than carrots/celery.
  • I used 3 14.5 oz cans of chicken broth instead of 32oz.  I also did not add 3 cups of water because I felt like that would water the recipe down too much, especially since the original recipe didn’t even call for cooking the chicken in the broth.  I did add one can of water… which I probably could have done without doing.
  • I used 4 oz of mushrooms like the recipe calls for – so I’m not a total rebel!
  • I thawed about 12oz of chicken breast, cut it up into chunks, and added that to the broth and vegetables.  I just didn’t see why I wouldn’t want to cook the chicken in the broth, since it would give the broth more flavor and help tenderize the chicken.
  • I added about 1 tsp of dried thyme, 1 tsp of Mrs. Dash Original, and 1 tsp of Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb.  I also sprinkled in some garlic powder… not idea how much.
  • I brought the mixture to a low boil, then brought it down to a simmer.  I simmered it for 1-2 hours, long enough to cook the chicken thoroughly and soften the vegetables.
  • Once the veggies were soft, the chicken was cooked, and the broth was tasting mighty fine, I added 4 oz of reduced fat cream cheese (instead of the 3 oz the recipe called for) and 2 cups of egg noodles.  I let that cook for a while until the noodles were about al dente, then decided that I wanted a thicker soup, so I looked up “how to thicken soup with flour”.  I ended up mixing 3 tbsp flour with 6 tbsp cold water and adding that to the soup, then let it simmer for another 10 minutes.

The end result was a creamy, tasty “stoup” (between a stew & a soup) that both my husband and I enjoyed!  It was a fairly big batch, so we have been eating it for a few days since then.

Image courtesy of http://www.keyingredient.com – mind didn’t look quite this beautiful, but just as yummy!

I also made Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats… all I can say is YUM.  I ended up taking them to work the next day because I ate almost half of the pan myself!  These were super simple and I followed the recipe exactly as posted.  Well… okay, not exactly.  I didn’t use cinnamon because I found “flour moth larvae” in my cinnamon.  Yeah, if you want to look that up, go for it, but not for the person with a weak stomach!  Gross.

These rice krispie treats had a slightly different texture from what you would normally expect in a treat.  They were a little more “wet” and not as “fluffy” but still delicious.  The texture reminds me of the Christmas Wreath treats my sister makes – bundles of green colored rice krispie treats w/ almond flavoring and red hots for berries.

Image courtest of http://www.essentiallyeclectic.com. Again, mine didn’t look quite so amazing, but oh my goodness did they taste GREAT.

While this was not my first Pinterest recipe, it really had been quite some time, and I had fun making two new recipes!  I hope to share some more successes with you all in the future.  The very near future!

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