I have an idea and hopefully I have twenty some years to get it done. I'll need that much time! I want to make a cookbook for my children. Thus the name My Mama's Food. It has several meanings, for the entries in my journal it will mean me, my children's Mama. For me it means my dear Mom, their Mama Lu, for most of the recipes come from her and my grandma's and great grandmas. I do most of my cooking without a recipe, but sometimes they just need to be written down if we do not want them to be lost for future generations. When I left home I would have treasured a book like this, written by my Mom, so I want to try and do it for my children. I want to include photos of the kids helping me in the kitchen as they grow and eat what we make. What memories they will have when cooking in their own kitchen's and teaching their children to cook and sharing these memories with them and showing them pictures of themselves learning to cook with their Mama. I think it's a grand idea, now if I can pull it off!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach Rice

I made this on the fly tonight for supper; I had chicken breasts out but didn't know what to make with them until I opened the fridge to see what else I had. Mushrooms, Spinach and left over rice. This will make something good I thought...

Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach Rice
These are approximate ingredients (I made it on the fly, remember?)

3 Chicken breasts
1 Onion
1 Shallot
1 Package mushrooms
4 Cups raw spinach
2-3 Cups rice (I used jasmine, but I think brown rice would give it a great nutty flavor.)
4 T butter
1-2 Shots Dry Sherry
Parmesan cheese
1. Cook the chicken in oil on the stove top in a large pan (enough to hold everything when it's done.) Place in a bowl, leaving juices in the pan.
2. Add the onion and shallots, cook until almost tender.
3. Add mushrooms to the onion mixture.
4. Add 4 T butter to the onion mixture and let melt.
5. Add spinach to the mixture.
6. Add dry sherry or whatever you've got on hand.
7. Cook until spinach is wilted.
8. Add rice.
9. Add cooked chicken. Heat throughouly.

Top with Parmesan cheese or whatever you've got that sounds good.

Katya (4.5) and David (3) loved it and even had seconds! I'm so happy I have kids with a sophisticated  pallet. It makes my time in the kitchen so much more rewarding and tasty, too!

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