So, to start on this challenge, I've picked Chicken Noodle Soup. Since we have to assume that this is a new person starting out with no or very few staples, I've included the prices for each thing. This is a base for some future recipes, so as Mr WhatsCooking points out - in a real kitchen, the noodle is the garnish for the chicken noodle soup. So we'll cook the noodles separately and add them to the bowl before the broth. I'll start with the recipe, and put the shopping list at the end. This is my recipe for the whole family, not just one person, so I've added a little extra chicken for flavour. If you don't have any leftover chicken carcasses lying around, you can just use 3 or 4 chicken leg quarters and brown them first. The challenge is for one person, so there would be plenty of soup leftover.
So after a month off, and the back to school rush, I'm finally back to my blog. These Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins turned out awesome, and they are low fat as an extra bonus. For an even healthier snack you can substitute some or all of the white flour for whole wheat, and use splenda instead of sugar. I've used regular chocolate chips in this recipe, but I think I will try the miniature chips next time. Either way - bananas and chocolate are a great pair!
I know I say that I don't eat pre-packaged food and stay away from chemical additions, but I have a confession to make - I have a thing for Quaker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins. The frugal side of me cringes at the thought of buying a package of Muffin mix, but there is just something about it that I like. In the effort to save face, and money, I searched and found an Oatmeal Muffin recipe that is similar to the packaged kind. I added the chocolate chips - what's an Oatmeal Muffin without chocolate chips? - and I'm pretty happy with the results. I think I'll still have the occasional lapse but I'm pretty sure this muffin methadone will help me cut back.
Not a quick weeknight meal, this Caribbean Grilled Pork is awesome nonetheless. The salsa is what takes time, especially if you are like me and are completely clueless on Mangoes (like - how do you pit a mango?), but it can be made in the morning or even the day before if necessary. The pork itself grills in about 30 minutes, so no time issues there. The 'Caribbean Pork Tenderloin' recipe comes from the cookbook "Eating for Life", part of the Body for Life series by Bill Phillips. All of the recipes in the cookbook that I have tried have tasted fabulous and are good for you too. Caribbean Pork especially is just a beautiful meal to look at, especially if you actually have the baby spinach to serve it with (I forgot). I just modified the recipe for the grill but it can be roasted if you can't find your barbeque.