Winter Comfort Food: Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken & Dumplings

Looking for a super quick and easy to prepare cold winter day meal?

Place chicken thighs with skin removed on the bottom of the crock pot.
Add chopped vegetable (onion, celery, carrots)
Add stock and soup and herbs. Stir to combine the ingredients a little.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours then make dumpling / biscuit dough.

I used Bisquick mix to make enough dough for 6 dumplings.

Remove chicken bones. Add frozen peas to crock pot and place dough in 3 inch blobs as a top layer in the crock pot and cook for at least another hour or until dumplings are done.


Beef and Bean Stew

  • 1 1/2 pounds stew beef, cut in small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 sweet green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2.5 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp Mediterranean seasoning (Whole Foods mixture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cans (15 oz each) Cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 cup canned drained corn kernels
Beef and Bean stew ingredients

Ingredients for Beef and Bean stew.

Place flour in a shallow bowl and add 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper

Dredge the beef chunks in the flour mixture and brown in a frying pan

Place beef on bottom of crock pot

Add onions and celery to the frying pan along with any left over flour mixture and enough broth to create a roux, lightly cook.

Add the onions and celery to the crock pot. Add carrots and peppers, tomatoes, beans, corn, the rest of the broth.

Sprinkle Cajun spice and Mediterranean spice along with a little salt & pepper over ingredients

Cook 5 hours / high heat.

Sunday Lentil & Kale Coriander Stew (with Kielbasa)


  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 -3 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 chopped Poblano pepper
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1½ cup lentils
  • 3 chopped sweet potatoes

Add seeds to heated oil in cast iron drying pan, toast for about 3 minutes. Remove from pan and grind in a bowl.
Add carrots and onion to the pan, saute, then add the pepper, celery, add the spices listed above and stir. Add broth and stir until just boiling. Add the crushed cumin and coriander seeds.

Place the ingredients into the crock pot. Add the lentils and sweet protatoes, stir.

Cook on low for 6 hours.

  • lots of chopped kale
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 lb chopped kielbasa

Add the remaining ingredients to the cooked mixture, stir, and cook another 2 hours on low.

I made this before I had to go out for the day, and I was both tired and preoccupied with a number of things, and forgot to add the kielbasa before I started cooking it. So I cut the sausage up in pieces and heated it up in the cast iron frying pan before adding it along with the kale and coconut milk.