Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mom's Ramen Salad

This was one of our favorite dinners growing up.

1/2 chopped cabbage (napa)
4  green onions, sliced
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 pkg Ramen noodles and seasoning packet
3 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup oil
salt & pepper to taste
1lb baked chicken breast, sliced

Combine chopped cabbage and onions.  Toast almonds, sesame seeds and crumbled ramen noodles in oven (watch carefully).  Mix vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper and seasoning packet.  Combine everything just before serving.

Sara's Chicken Tortilla Soup

This delish recipe is from my seriously fun friend Sara.  She totally rocks. 
Chicken Tortillia Soup
1 smallish onion, chop and sweat
5-6 cloves garlic, chop and sweat
3-5 chicken breasts, diced and cooked (or cooked and shredded)
2 cans hot pinto beans (Ranch Style, black can)
2 can chicken broth
1 can kidney beans
1 large can diced green chilies
1 can corn
2 cans Mexican stew tomatoes (or something like Rotel wworks if you don't like large chucks of tomatoes, like me :))
1 pkg. dry Hidden Valley ranch seasoning
1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
Throw all can ingredients into a large stock pot.  Don't drain the cans.  Add the 2 dry pkg mixes.  Sweat the onion and garlic together and add to pot.  Cook chicken and then add to pot.  Cook until hot.  Add cilantro right before you serve.  Add any fun fixings you might want (a dollop of sour cream is my favorite!).
That's it, pretty simple. :)