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Whole Wheat Chicken & Dumplin’s

The weather in New York has turned cold. Really, really cold! The kind of cold that makes a girl from Georgia want to bundle up on the sofa with a giant furry blanket, knee high wool socks and a big sweater. But, life must go on…the cold winter days simply can’t be spent hidden away in your apartment- that would be utterly depressing! So, I have purchased a giant down coat, a big knit hat, furry ear muffs, leather gloves and thick wool socks…and I trot around the city, facing the bitter cold…and love every single minute of it!

But, at night, when I get home- this winter cold is making me crave warm comfort food. When you grow up in Georgia, comfort food means grits, cream of wheat, and my favorite- chicken & dumplin’s (you can’t add the “g” on dumplings because it just doesn’t seem as special)!


Though I crave comfort food- I still like to give it a healthy-feel good twist. It can be warm and delicious but still full of whole grains, green vitamin rich veggies and lean protein. That is exactly what this crave-worthy dish is.

Whole Wheat Chicken & Dumplin’s
serves 6

For the stew:
2 large celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 T olive oil
1 t sea salt
1 t fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 t dried rosemary
2 chicken breasts, chopped
4 C low sodium chicken stock
1 C milk
3 T whole wheat flour
2 C kale leaves

For the Dumplings:
1 1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour *you can use half white flour if you want a fluffier texture
1/4 t sea salt
3/4 t baking soda
3/4 C milk

Make the stew:
In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté the celery, carrot and onion in the olive oil. Add 1/2 t salt and all of the black pepper. Cook until tender. Now, add the rosemary, chicken breast and the other 1/2 t of salt. Cook until the chicken is starting to brown. Now, add the the chicken stock. In a small tupperware, add the milk and flour and shake until combine. Now, add the milk/flour mixture to the pot. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and allow to cook while you make the dumplings.

Make the dumplings:
Combine the flour, sea salt and baking soda. Mix well. Now, pour in the milk and mix- **just until all of the flour is wet.

Now, gently drop heaping teaspoons of the dumpling mixture into to simmering pot. Cover and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes…just until the dumplings are puffy. Now, gently mix in the kale and turn off the heat.


Fresh Corn and Black Bean Chili

Fall weather is rolling in to NYC. I’m not gonna lie, I am a bit nervous about these cool temperatures greeting us so early! At this time of year in Atlanta, shorts and tank tops totally suffice. Here, scarves and cute fall jackets have started gracing us with their presences. I’m not complaining! Fall is my favorite time of year…I love the cool air and amazing evening walks by the water (its Winter that I am a bit worried about)!! But, in honor of Fall, I decided to end by apparent recipe blogging hiatus with a wonderful Fall chili!

This dish is perfect for a football party, a quick family dinner, or a make ahead, grab and go lunch. I made this chili for some friends last Fall and literally had people asking me to make it in very large batches to deliver to their homes! I hope you like it :)

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Chili
Serves 8

1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
diced fresh jalapeno to taste
1 lb ground turkey breast (optional)-if you omit add 2 extra cans of black beans
1 t salt
2 t chipotle powder
2 t chili powder
2 t cumin powder
1 t ground coriander
1 1/2 T brown sugar
2 cans black beans
4 ears of corn (cut off the cob)
1 large can diced tomatoes
2 cans chicken stock

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onions, peppers and jalapeño for about 5 minutes. Now, add the ground turkey, salt, chipotle powder, cumin, chili powder, coriander and brown sugar. Cook until the turkey is cooked through…use a large spoon to crumble the turkey as it cooks. Now, add the black beans and fresh corn. Stir well and cook for about 3 minutes. Last, add the tomatoes and chicken stock and cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

This chili is wonderful topped with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream. It stores well in the fridge!

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