Sunday, September 18, 2011


Tonight for dinner I made chicken and dumplings. Except that I didn't make the dumplings. Or add the suggested potatoes. A friend of mine posted the recipe and it seemed perfect for a cool, rainy day like today. But at 710 calories a serving...that's just too much. So I made some adaptions. I finely chopped some celery, sliced some carrots, and tossed them into a 50/50 mix of low sodium chicken stock and water. Then I added chicken tenderloin strips and cooked them on medium high for about 40 minutes. I diced up the chicken once it was cooked, tossed it back in the pot, added some black pepper and some frozen peas. Then I made a roux with about 1/2 a cup of flour and a cup of water, poured it in, and let it cook for about 25 more minutes.

I'm not going to lie, it would have been better with dumplings and probably potatoes, but it was still really, really good. The best part? As the kids smelled it they came in the kitchen to look at it and gave me the old 'EWWWWWWW..That's YUCKY!" I came back with "There is nothing in here that you won't eat separately."

And people? It WORKED. They both tried it with a minimum of complaints. Tucker had two bowls and Sara almost ate her entire bowl. Of course, it could also have been because they were really hungry. Either way, they ate it and liked it. Success!!!!!


Nicole said...

That's awesome! I'm glad you were able to find a way to modify the recipe that worked for your needs and that your kids were receptive to it and enjoyed the food. It doesn't get better than that!

Daily Dose of Dahl said...

Hi Nicole - I've tried that logic before and failed, so I was pretty excited that it worked! Overall, I'm lucky that the kids both eat well, but they are really funny about eating foods that are mixed in soups or casseroles. But I was like that at their age too, so maybe they are growing out of it. hahahahahaaaaaaa.