Noreen’s Perfect Sandwich Loaf

Ingredients

4 cups all purpose flour1 1/2 cups Warm Water2 teaspoons instant yeast2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons butter, softened1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons instant dry milk powder

Step by Step Instructions

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your mixer fitted with the dough hook. 

If you are using a bread machine, please consult the manufacturers instructions for your model for the order in which to place the ingredients.  This make a 1 1/2 pound loaf.

Allow ingredients to come together in the mixing bowl.  If dough seems too dry add a tablespoon of water at a time if it seems too wet, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough reaches the desired consistency. 

The dough should not be sticking to the bottom of the bowl.  It should move around the bowl and the hook freely.

Allow the dough to knead for 5 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and oil the bowl and return the dough and oil the dough as well.  Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise for at least 1 hour or until double in size.

Deflate the dough gently and turn it out onto a board without additional flour.

Press into a rectangle that is slightly smaller on the short side than your bread pan.

Roll the dough into a log, keeping the spiral tight.

Pinch the seam together and push each end into itself and pull the bottom layer up over each end and pinch to close.

Place loaf into an oiled bread pan and cover. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Allow to rise for an additional 30 to 45 minutes until the dough has double and/or crowned to at least 1 inch above the rim of the pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and when tapped, the loaf sounds hollow inside.

Remove from oven and immediately remove bread from the pan.

Allow to cool on a baking rack for at least 1 hour before slicing. 

Bread will slice much better once it has cooled completely.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS

STIR FRY SAUCE

  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or mirin)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or chili paste)
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast cut in bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion cut in half moon strips
  • 1 lb. broccoli cut into bite size florets

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, honey, garlic, sriracha, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Set that aside for a few minutes.
  2. Combine chicken and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a zipper bag or bowl.  Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chicken in a single layer cooking until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.  Plate the chicken.  If necessary add 1 more tablespoon oil and cook remaining chicken and plate it. 
  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to same skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring several times. Add the broccoli to the skillet with the onion.  Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring several times.  Plate the vegetables. 
  4. Whisk the sauce that you set aside to make sure the cornstarch has not settled to the bottom.  Add it to the skillet and cook over medium heat until slightly thickened.  Add the cooked chicken and vegetables back to the skillet.  Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the chicken is heated through. 
  5. Serve over rice or Asian noodles. 

NOTES

  • Shake the cornstarch and chicken in a plastic zipper bag to coat.
  • Stir fry moves very quickly so all your attention should be on the dish so you don’t overcook the chicken, broccoli, or sauce.
  • Broccoli takes just a couple minutes to cook crisp tender
  • For best results serve promptly.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave at a reduced power.  

Chick fil A Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, separated
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies (such as Rotel)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed from bones & shredded (about 4 cups)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • more salt to taste
  • Tortilla strips or chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Let saute for about 5 minutes until onions become translucent. Stir in cumin, oregano and salt.
  2. Meanwhile, puree 2 cans of cannellini beans in a blender until smooth. Do not drain beans of liquid before blending.
  3. Add pureed beans, remaining can of cannellini beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, cream-style corn, whole kernel corn, black beans, and shredded chicken to onion mixture in pot. (Do not drain any cans of their liquid) Stir to combine. Let soup simmer over medium heat until heated all the way through. Add juice of 1 lime and season with salt to taste before serving. Serve with tortilla strips or chips.