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Chicken & Dumplings

My Fweetie moved back up to Salt Lake City Monday (sadface), and my mom went with him to help him unpack and settle in.  With mom gone for a week, the other men-folk in my family will inevitably starve to death.  So I have decided to take dinner-matters into my own hands, and continue to develop as a Domestic Goddess!

Me and Colby circa 1984

Last night, I rummaged around the gigantor freezer in the garage and found some quick and tasty frozen pasta meals, so I made those for everyone.  Then I figured I may as well get something in mind for Tuesday night.  The more I thought about it, the more I dreaded coming home from a long day at work, preparing and cooking a meal, and then doing my homework.  All work and no play makes Morg a dull girl

Just then, I remembered that while my cooking skills are not on par with those of say Professional-Chef-BF, the Crock Pot is MY BEST FRIEND!  I asked the guys what they wanted for dinner tomorrow, beef, pork, or chicken.


OK, hmm, what does my mom have in the pantry that goes with chicken....

After naming off a few ideas, all shut down, I stumbled on a very basic Chicken & Dumplings recipe.  I like bread, but I like doughy bread even more.  It's settled, I decided we would have Chicken & Dumplings for dinner tomorrow.  The recipe, with only three ingredients - Chicken, biscuits, Cream of Chicken - while convenient and easy, sounded a little.  So I decided to dress it up a bit and came up with this recipe:

{Click to Enlarge - I made the recipe card myself, however I  drew inspiration from IHeart Organizing's blog!  I L♥VE her!}

This is actually a compilation of about five different Chicken & Dumplings recipes I found online.  Knowing that I am not going to wake up early enough to prepare this at six in the morning, I decided to get most of the meal prepared tonight, so that I can just dump it in tomorrow.

I set the chicken breasts and biscuits in the fridge to thaw overnight. 

I chopped all of the required vegetables and put them in a container in the fridge, as well as mixed the Cream of Chicken soup and Chicken Broth in a separate container.

I also pre-measured out all of the spices and put them into a Ziploc baggie.

I did have to make some substitutions because we didn't have everything I needed, and I didn't feel like going to the grocery store because  the new he's-kind-of-a-jerk-but-he's-hot Bachelor was on.  Thank goodness for google, because I was able to find just the substitutions I needed!  (Seriously, I L♥VE Google)  They are as follows:

2-3 Cloves Garlic - I only had Minced Garlic.  The standard conversion is:
1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped garlic = 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder = 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes = 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic = 1/2 teaspoon garlic juice

1 Onion -  I only had Onion Powder.  The standard conversion is:
1 small onion = 1/3 cup = 1 teaspoon onion powder = 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
I also read somewhere - and BF confirmed - that when cooked, apples have the same flavor and texture as onions, so I threw 1/2 of a chopped apple in along with the onion powder.

1 Bay Leaf - I didn't have this either, or anything "bay."  I read on numerous google searches that 6 Juniper Berries could be substituted for 1 leaf.  Strangely enough, I had Juniper Berries!  I bought them a few months ago while trying this crazy-strange-but-delicious recipe (think strain the food through cheesecloth kind of strange).  So I emptied a tea bag and stuck 4 berries (just in case it was too strong of a flavor) in it, and re-tied it with the string.  This way, no one eating will bite into a very flavorful dried berry, I can just take out the bag after cooking.

On my lunch break today I came home and cut the chicken...

Threw in my pre-chopped veggies, and spices, and then covered with the soups and turned on the pot!

Then, I tore each biscuit into 5-7 pieces and put them back in the fridge before going back to lunch... Total time spent, 10 minutes!

So that's it!  It seems a bit complicated, but from finding the recipes, to consolidating them, to googling substitutions and preparation, it took me about 30 minutes.  I hope it turns out, I'd hate to get off work tomorrow, and be hungry, and have to find something else to eat, because this turns out to be a wash... Wish me luck!


This is what was waiting for us after work/school!  It kind of looked like puke, but the smell was AMAZING!

We just finished dinner, and oh my goodness it was delicious.  I really hate to toot my own horn, but I am a crock pot genius!  Everyone else thought so too!

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  1. YUM! Wheres mine, Morgan? I have been on a crockpot/soup making kick. I am determined for my next recepe to do crock pot Mac and Cheese. I love mac and cheese so hopefully I can pull this off! Sending you love from the south- Anna

  2. What would those boys do without you?! I haven't had dumplings in ages, sounds like I've got a dinner planned for tomorrow! Thanks!!


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