Chicken and Apple Stir Fry

From the University of Illinois Extension Program

1 medium Golden Delicious apple – cored and thinly sliced
½ cup onions – chopped
1 cup carrots – thinly sliced
1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breast – cubed
2 cups cooked brown rice (instant)
2 TB olive oil
1 cup frozen Chinese pea pods


  1. In a non-stick skillet, stir-fry cubed chicken breast in 1 TB of olive oil until lightly browned.  Remove from skillet.
  2. In the same skillet, stir-fry onion, carrots, and 1 TB olive oil until carrots are tender.
  3. Stir in pea pods and 1 TB water; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in apples.
  5. Add to chicken, serve hot over cooked rice.

4 servings

Cheesy Potato Soup

Recipe provided by Jennifer Newell of Newell Day Care Home

6 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped (6 cups)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. instant chicken bouillon granules
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded American Cheese
1 – 12oz. can evaporated milk
Crumbled, cooked bacon (optional)
Snipped fresh chives (optional)

In a 3 1/2 or 4 qt. slow cooker, combine potatoes, water, onion, bouillon granules, and pepper.

Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

Stir cheese and milk into mixture in cooker.

Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more.

For a thicker soup, mash potatoes slightly. If you like, sprinkle each serving with bacon and chives.

Makes 4 main-dish or 6 side-dish servings.

For 5- to 6- quart slow cooker: Use 8 medium potatoes, 4 cups water, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 1 tbsp. instant chicken bouillon granules, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 2 cups shredded American Cheese, and 1- 12oz. can evaporated milk. Prepare as directed. Makes 6 main-dish or 8 to 10 side-dish servings.

Creamy Chicken & Noodles

Recipe provided by Jennifer Newell of Newell Day Care Home

3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2- 10 3/4 oz. cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. butter, sliced (optional- good without butter added)
4- 10 1/2 oz. cans chicken broth
24-oz. pkg. frozen egg noodles

Combine chicken breast, cream of chicken soup, butter, and chicken broth  in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.

One hour before serving, remove chicken, shred and return to slow cooker.

Stir in frozen egg noodles; cover and cook on the low setting for one hour.

Serves 4 to 6.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Recipe provided by Jana Conev

2 cups oatmeal
2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
dash of cinnamon or nutmeg

1.  Mix oatmeal, buttermilk and 3 eggs.

2.  Refrigerate overnight or 1 hour.

3.  Add vegetable oil, flour, sugar, baking soda and dash of cinnamon or nutmeg

4.   Mix batter

5.   Pour batter onto hot griddle. Flip pancakes when the edges appear cooked and the batter bubbles on top.

Easy-to-Do Gingerbread People

Recipe provided by the University of Illinois Extension

A gingerbread-man cookie cutter
Several slices of whole wheat bread
Peanut butter
Dried cherries, cranberries or red hots

1. Cut a gingerbread man shape out of the soft part of the bread with the cookie cutter.
2. Try to get more than one shape out of each slice of bread.
3. With a knife, spread peanut butter over the cut shapes.
4. Use raisins and dried cherries, cranberries or red hots to make the eyes, noses, mouths, and buttons on your Gingerbread People.