Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

So, I stumbled upon this recipe pretty accidentally. The original recipe was part of a challenge by Simply Asia (which makes those quick noodle bowls), and included one of those noodle bowls as well as additional Simply Asia seasoning. I couldn’t find the right flavor of bowl at the store, so I decided to just wing it and sorta make up my own seasonings. I’ve been making oriental stir fry/rice for ages, but I just recently discovered two things that have rocked my world of oriental cooking: fresh ginger and sesame oil. Without these flavors, stir fry just seems to fall flat. But with them, it’s just so good! The original recipe called for sesame basil, but I totally forgot to get basil. I don’t know how well I mimicked the flavors of the original soup, but the resulting soup was simply amazing!

I put basil back into the recipe, despite not using it myself. The next time I make it, I intend to add it back in, and I’ll let you know if it turns out funky. If you aren’t feeling daring, just omit it. When I prepared this originally, I didn’t take out the chicken when I added the onion, etc: I just left it in. However, the result was a very dry chicken, and I’m not a fan. If you like dryer chicken, just don’t set it aside as the second step. I don’t have quantities for a lot of this, and that’s because I pretty much just made it up as I went along. I also used powdered ginger, onion, and garlic in addition to fresh. But, I’m not sure how necessary they ended up being. Use or leave out as you desire. I’m also not sure how much water I ended up adding to the broth (though I’m pretty sure the broth counts are accurate). I just added some until it seemed like a good amount given how many noodles I had. This really is a tasting recipe, adjusting as you go. I’m also adding mushroom, because I think it could’ve really benefited from that.

Sorry no pictures. I totally forgot, and wasn’t really planning to blog about it, until I tasted it. I couldn’t keep it to myself. I’ll probably hone this at some point and post a recipe with more precision.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Inspired by Simply Stacie


6 cups of broth
6 cups of water
rice noodles (mai fun)
fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon
minced garlic, 1 tablespoon
3 chicken breasts (or omit for vegetarian)
sesame oil
green onions
celery, 2 stalks
carrot, 2 full size
teriyaki sauce
soy sauce
basil, minced
In a big pot, chop & cook chicken in sesame oil until cooked through. Set aside. In same pot, sauté onion, ginger, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, and celery in sesame oil until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add broth, water, noodles, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and about a tablespoon of sesame oil to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add in the chicken about 10 minutes before it’s finished. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.

Pizza Scramble!

Pizza Scramble

Your typical egg scramble + pizza essence

Pizza Scramble!

So this weekend, we made delicious french bread pizzas.  Why were they extra delicious?  We used frozen garlic bread, mmmmmm.  But anyway, we had extra topping left over (Fiance always chops up bunches more than we need for french bread pizzas), so we packed them into a container to use for omelets or something during the week.

And then of course were out of eggs until today.  Sigh.  But is okay!  Cuz yesterday I mentioned that my breakfast was 15 pepperonis (was out of like everything), and Fiance said I should put pepperonis in my eggs.  Genius!  So today, I cooked up some eggs and dumped in some of the toppings we chopped over the weekend (still have more, he chopped a bunch :D), tossed in about 7 pepperonis, and cooked until they were nice and tasty.  Then topped with a bit of tomato sauce (my favorite is tomato basil) and pizza cheese.  Voila, pizza scramble!


Cheese Making Adventure

Today, Fiance and I made cheese.  It was…exciting.  Definitely an adventure.  And it was pretty cool to watch a half gallon of milk turn into cheese!!  Anyway, Fiance already wrote a blog about it, so I’ll let his account stand. Go check it out! And if you have a free Saturday, consider making cheese yourself. It worked really well for our first try, and while complex, it wasn’t actually difficult.

Doritos Casserole

I am an avid Pinner.  The other day I found this pin and thought it looked delicious. Tonight, I gave it a try and it turned out delicious!!  I edited a few minor things from the original recipe, so I’ll post my version here.  I thought the texture of the Doritos after cooking was a little off (they got fairly soggy), but Fiance liked them and I do think they helped to impart flavor.  Might try it again with rice instead of Doritos, but we’ll see.

Doritos Casserole (8 servings)


  • 2 cups Kroger Quesadilla Cheese
  • 1 bag Kroger Brand Nacho Cheese Chips
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 container Dannon Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 can Kroger Peeled Tomatoes with Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 can Campbell’s 98% Fat-Free Condensed Cream of Celery Soup
  • 10 oz. Kroger frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cutlets
  • 1/2 Kroger 2% milk
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Aluminum Foil

Step 1.  Cook chicken.  My trick to cooking frozen chicken is to put it in the skillet and then cover.  Turn it a few times, but keep it covered the entire time.  When it’s white all over the outside and it’s nearly done (it hasn’t started to brown yet), add seasoning.  Cook on each side until it starts to brown, then let it sit a bit.  After a few minutes, chop into small pieces.  It should be cooked all the way through.

Cook da Chix

Step 2.  While the chicken is cooking, plop all the other ingredients except the chips into a mixing bowl.  Only use about 1-1 1/2 cups of the cheese–save the rest for topping.

Plop in all the ingredients

Step 3.  Add the chicken, and mix everything together.  This will be the mixture layer.

Mix it all up

Step 4.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your baking pan (I used glass), then add a layer of crushed chips–about 2 cups.  Next, add about half the mixture.  Add the rest of the chips.

Chips, Mix, Chips

Step 5.  Add the rest of the mixture.

Chips, Mix, Chips, Mix

Step 6.  Top with the rest of the cheese.

Top with Cheese

Step 7.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake covered for 30 minutes.  It came out looking really gooey on top, so I ended up baking it around 6 extra minutes uncooked–but it never stopped being gooey.  I then cut it into 8 portion sizes and scooped it out.

Bake 30 minutes, covered Mmmmm gooey cheese

Step 8.  Serve and eat!  I let it sit for a good ten minutes or so, and it kept its shape pretty well.  You never know with casserole how that’s going to work.  Marvel at my gorgeous pink bowls :p

One serving, mostly keeping its shape

For those of you who are health conscious, below is the nutritional facts for one serving.  Fiance and I ended up eating two for dinner tonight, but I would’ve been fine with fruit or some other side as well.  Clearly not a particularly healthy dish, but delicious! (picture screenshot courtesy of the My Fitness Pal app–which is awesome for tracking caloric intake!)


Taco Twist

Last Christmas, my fiance’s mother gave me this awesome cookbook.  It contained recipes from many of the families at the local church.  So, I’ve been picking a few out of there every once in awhile to make deliciousness.  This recipe comes from that cookbook, though I admit I have altered it to suit my desires.  We’re going to try a different format from the last one, by placing directions in between the pictures.

Taco Twist


  • pasta
  • chicken
  • 1 can tomatoes, chile variety
  • pasta sauce
  • vegetables, such as mushrooms, onion, and green pepper
  • cheese
  • seasonings (I use garlic salt, oregano, italian seasoning, onion powder)
  • taco seasoning (I use a homemade variety found on the internet somewhere, but the recipe officially calls for the store kind, so whatever you want is fine)
  • tortilla chips (optional)


First, boil water.  Once it comes to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the package directions.


I use frozen chicken, so thaw it out.  I use a hot bowl of water and one 12 oz chicken breast.


Cut the thawed chicken into tiny pieces, then cook.  Add in seasonings and cook thoroughly.


Drain pasta.


Once the chicken has cooked, add in various vegetables and cook.  Add in the diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, and taco seasoning.  Cook a few minutes.


Grease the bottom of your baking sheet, then toss in the pasta with half the cheese.  Add the chicken tomato mixture, then top with cheese.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so until the cheese on top is a light brown.  Remove from oven and serve!  Optionally, top at the very end with crumbled tortilla chips.  Is good with and without!  Around 12 smallish servings, usually I eat 2.  I’ve made this a few times since and have stopped adding the tomatoes because they’re so spicy!

Baked Fish on Rice

I’m still working on how I want to format recipes, so bear with me.  This next one is a dish I make all the time because it’s pretty easy, inexpensive, and healthy.  I call it baked fish on rice with broccoli, because every dish needs a name 😀  Recipe follows all the pictures!20120519-185004.jpg










This recipe has three parts:  the fish, the rice, and the broccoli.


2 fish fillets

Olive oil

lemon juice

white wine (doesn’t really mattter what kind.

Seasonings (I use garlic salt and Italian seasonings)

1 cup white rice

1 onion

1 broccoli crown


I use frozen fish, those giant bags you can get at Kroger.  So, first I pull out two fillets and set them in a hot bowl of water.  You can do cold too or defrost in the fridge, but I’m impatient.  Once they have thawed, pour half the wine and lemon juice into your baking dish.  Brush fish with oil, then place in the baking dish.  Pour remaining wine and lemon juice over the fish, then season.  Pop in the oven at 350 for about 9 minutes.


Add one cup of rice to two cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Chop one onion and sauté.  Add the onion and seasonings to the rice as it begins to boil and stir.  Then cover and turn heat down to low for 15 minutes.


Chop broccoli into desired pieces.  I used my nifty rice cooker (which always seems to burn my rice L) to steam them, adding the seasonings to the broccoli while it steamed.


Dish out half the rice onto a plate.  Place one fillet on top of the rice, then spoon the juice from the bottom of the pan on top.  Finally, place the broccoli off to one side.  Ta-da!  Is super yummy 😀


Pizza + Spaghetti = Pizzaghetti!!


1 box pasta

1 jar pasta sauce

Various pizza toppings (I used 2 small onions, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 green pepper, and 1 package of pepperoni minus what we snacked on while waiting)

First, boil water:

Water Boiling

While you’re waiting for the water to boil, heat your skillet.  When it gets hot, add a little oil. Then, toss in your onions:

Sauteing onions

Once your water is boiling, add in the pasta:

Turning back to the onions, once they’ve sauteed a bit, add in the garlic:

Saute.  Then add green peppers:

Saute.  Finally, add in your pepperoni so all the flavors can mix together:

Saute.  After you pasta finishes cooking, drain.  Then toss into the pot your noodles, the pasta sauce, and sauteed toppings:

Now, mix together really well.  Try to get the pepperonis to be spread out evenly, though that’s fairly difficult to achieve:

Now, plop on a plate and top with cheese.  Serve and omnomnom!