When I was growing up I wasn’t as lucky as my son to have a stay at home mom. I remember both of my parents working hard to provide for 4 daughters and that meant a lot of fast and easy dinners like hamburger helper and any kind of helper for that matter. It’s definitely not something I would ever frown upon, working all day, feeding a large family, getting all of us ready for bed and then trying to get a little sleep before the next day of work. Jeez Louise, I think my mom was secretly super woman sometimes. On top of that we were all sassy little brats running around fighting like wild hyenas!
It’s not the hamburger helper meals we had that brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my tummy but the momma’s cookin yummy stuff that I remember so well that was like…the stuff that cures all ails.
My mom made (and still does make) a lot of comfort foods that make you want to nap after eating them. That’s how you know its good, when you fall into a food coma shortly after eating. Stews, Soups, Chicken, Steaks…Just anything that you think of as comforting.
Yesterday, Adrian decided it was the type of day where he wouldn’t do anything unless I was holding him and if I thought he was napping…..guess again. By the end of the day, Wes was running late from work and I was completely exhausted. I was in the “I want my mommy” kinda mood……but wait……I AM the mommy now.
So that meant it’s time to do something my momma would do and that’s create a huge vat of chicken and vegetable stew!
Now if I would ask my mom for any of her stew/soup recipes she would say…”Chrissy, just throw some stuff in a big pot and let it simmer for an hour. If it’s too thin add some corn starch, if it’s too thick add some water.” Shes a home cook like that, she never measures, she only eyeballs it. Now that’s the sign of a good cook if you ask me!
With my mother in mind I browned some chicken thighs (3 thighs I had thawed out at the time) then took them out and shredded them up, added some peeled diced potatoes (about 3 large), 1 diced onion, and I had a bag of frozen mixed veggies that I threw in there with it (if it’s the big bag use half). After cooking for a few minutes I added a cup of milk and then enough water to cover it all. Bring it to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. If it’s too thin do what my momma says and add some corn starch (about a teaspoon)! Should thicken right up!
BTW: It’s around 280 calories per serving with 12 servings a pot! Til next time!