Saturday, September 25, 2010

A before and after...

Something happens at our house around payday...

Our meals go from this:

 Bland and boring colors!

To this:
 Zippy, Yippee vegetables!

With all the rainy days we've been having, chicken noodle soup has become our staple meal this week!
Sunday night, I had no vegetables left in the house, so our meal looked pretty bland.  It did taste awfully good though!  
Then Thursday it was rainy and cold again.  Carson asked if we could have the yummy noodles again.  So we did...only this time we lavished the veggies into the mix!  It made me feel like a much better mom!

We are completely sold on whole-wheat homemade noodles. They are super easy to make and taste amazing!  Try them out!

Whole-wheat Homemade Noodles

2 beaten eggs
1/4 c. milk
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried sage

2 c. whole-wheat flour

Mix eggs, milk and seasonings.  Stir in enough of 2 cups whole-wheat flour to make a stiff dough.  (I used about 1 3/4 c.)  Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
On a well-floured surface, roll out dough into a large rectangle.  Let stand 20 minutes.  Cut into noodles and let dry for 2 hours.  (less if you're in a hurry!)
 Cut and ready to dry some more! 
(They don't have to be perfect...once they're in little pieces in the soup, no one will notice!)
This little antique noodle cutter is the best!
Ready for the pot!

Bring a large pot of chicken broth to a boil.  Add two shredded cooked chicken breasts, 1 c. each of sliced carrots, celery and diced onions.  Add noodles and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Season with more sage.  (A large fresh bunch of basil also added a nice fresh flavor!)
Mmm...perfect for a cold rainy night!

What's your favorite rainy-night meal?


Anonymous said...

i am going to attempt these noodles! ive been wantinga whole wheat recipe! thanks for sharing! do you have to have a special noodle cutter?