Now onto the food! (My favorite part of the day!)
I have mentioned before that i have this really neat little cookbook called 101 THINGS TO DO WITH RAMEN NOODLES. It's really interesting and I have found some yummy things to make. This one was no exception. I did tweak it a little bit (because that's what I do -hehe) but otherwise I followed the recipe!
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp live oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1/2 C shredded mozz cheese
1/2 C chicken stock
3 packages ramen noodles
In a frying pan, brown chicken and garlic in oil until done. Add tomato paste, sauce and seasonings. Simmer on low for about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over top and let melt.
Cook noodles in water according to package directions and drain. Add 2 of the seasoning packets. Serve chicken mixture over warm noodles. Season with salt and pepper.
And now for an easy and simple dessert.
We got this cookbook for Christmas called Cool Kids Cook My 4 year old was looking through it found these "cookies" and asked if we could make them. I couldn't turn that sweet face down. Besides, they were easy enough that he could help make them. And he did, so did his older brother. Fun!!!
Jam And Cream Stars
1 sheet ready-rolled puffed pastry
1/3 C jam/jelly any flavor (we used strawberry)
1 C cool whip
powdered sugar to dust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out puffed pastry and cut out star shapes (you really could use any cookie cutter you have. We thought the stars were fun-but next time I may use a bigger cutter. These were kind of small). Place cut out shapes on cookie sheet, prick the pastry stars with a fork and bake for 8-10 minutes until puffy and golden brown. Let cool.
Once cooled, slice the shapes in half horizontally and spread the bottom halves with jam and cream. Replace the top half and dust with the sugar.
I was thinking after they were made that these would be really good with brunch or a baby shower....you know fun little munchies for parties. Or like us, you just need something quick and sweet. The puff pastry makes them light and airy and they really did hit the sweet tooth spot.