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Chicken à la King
Chicken à la King

Revisit some classic dishes that were mainstays on meal plans of yesteryear.

Chicken à la King
Chicken à la King
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Chicken à la King
Chicken à la King
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 red bell peppers (diced)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups chicken broth (reserved from poaching chicken)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, arrange chicken in a single layer. Add 1 teaspoon salt, peppercorns, half the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Add enough water to cover chicken by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Set chicken breasts aside to cool and reserve remaining broth, straining out the whole herbs.
  2. Cut chicken into small pieces. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onions and remaining garlic; cook until soft. Add flour. Stir constantly for 2 to 3 minutes, until flour mixture is lightly browned.
  3. Mix in red peppers, mushrooms, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook another 2 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low.
  4. Slowly add heavy cream, then 2 cups of broth, stirring until smooth. Bring to a low simmer, cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often. If sauce becomes too thick, stir in more broth. Add diced chicken and peas, cooking until warmed through.
  5. Serve over egg noodles, biscuits, rice, or bread.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 292 calories, 14 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 13 grams total carbs, 2.5 grams fiber, 28 grams protein.

Ambrosia salad
Ambrosia Salad
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Ambrosia salad
Ambrosia Salad
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup green grapes (cut in half)
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries (drained and cut in half)
  • 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 20-ounce can pineapple tidbits (drained)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups fruit-flavored mini marshmallows
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Reserve some fruit and marshmallows for garnish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together fruit. Fold in sour cream, then coconut and marshmallows. Garnish with reserved pieces. Salad can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an air-tight container.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 173 calories, 6.5 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 30 grams total carbs, 3 grams fiber, 2 grams protein.

Cheeseball
Classic Cheese Ball
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Cheeseball
Classic Cheese Ball
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 4 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pecans (chopped small)
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until well incorporated.
  2. Add shredded cheddar and mix until cheddar is evenly distributed. Scrape sides of bowl and gather mixture into one lump. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  3. Shape into a ball using a spatula and greased hands. Place pecans on a wide plate. Pressing gently, roll cheese ball through pecans to cover entirely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 256 calories, 26 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 3 grams total carbs, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.

Succotash
Succotash
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Succotash
Succotash
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces lima beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 ounces okra
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper (finely diced)
  • 3 cups corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 teaspoon chives
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes (halved)
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place lima beans in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium, cooking 7 minutes. Drain beans and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet with olive oil, sauté onion, okra, and garlic over medium heat until tender, about 6 minutes. If the mixture starts to stick, add a little water to the pan.
  3. Stir in lima beans, red pepper, corn, and herbs. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and stir in butter until melted. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Lots of herbs work well in this dish. Switch out the thyme and chives for tarragon, parsley, or basil. As a summer dish, take advantage of fresh ingredients. Frozen and dried ingredients work equally well in winter. For a more modern version, swap the lima beans for edamame and omit the okra. Pairs well with meatloaf, grilled chicken, pulled pork, or tofu tacos.

Per serving: 193 calories, 7 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat), 27 grams total carbs, 6 grams fiber, 7 grams protein.