I know I’ve talked about us living rural and probably some of you wonder just how rural can it be? Well, yesterday I get up and The Lady is sitting in her recliner (she gets up usually before me, don’t worry, I make sure she has her coffee!) and she’s got this odd satisfied look on her face. So, I ask her how she slept, how her cold is, get her another cup of coffee and settle on the couch to start my day. Yeh, the couch. I don’t have a desk and we really don’t have the room for one so I sit on the couch with my computers (3 of them) all around me. It’s the Hobbit’s Happy Spot, lol. She’s still looking, dunno, different. So finally I ask what’s up?
“So I’m sitting outside this morning and hear this odd sound coming from the road out front. You know how the sound bounces off the trees and sounds kind of weird?”
“And I lean forward in my chair to look past the fence…and there’s a moose at the end of the driveway looking back at me.”
Yes. Bullwinkle. Actually, since she said it didn’t have antlers, it was a cow moose and not a bull. Ironically, the antlers are commonly known as a ‘rack’ so this was a female but couldn’t say ‘nice rack.’ Sorry, that was slightly sexist but hey, wildlife humor is open game. No pun intended. Ok. I lied. I really wanted to use that pun :). Since she’s not like 99% of the country, her phone wasn’t permanently attached to her hand so no pics :(. I’ve seen dozens of them in my lifetime in the North Country but this was her first 🙂 How big is a female moose? Horse big. Not pony. HORSE. The males are even bigger, draft horse bigger.
Female moose (not our pic, just for reference).
Male moose (and you thought Bullwinkle was just goofy? LOOK AT THE SIZE OF HIM!!). Those people running? Smart idea. What is a moose afraid of?
So today she’s still feeling crappy so I decided I’d do dinner again. Looking in the fridge, I spy a small head of cabbage that needs to be used up. Hmmm. What can I do with that? I have cheese. I have chicken. I have no noodles. What about using the cabbage as noodles and make Chicken Alfredo…Hobbit style? If you blanch the cabbage – hey, looky that, the Hobbit from the woods used a culinary term…hope it’s spelled right, lol – it has a texture like al dente pasta and mild taste.
Works for me 🙂
- 1 small green cabbage
- 1 lb chicken breast
- 1/2 cup mushrooms (optional but hey, they are all fiber so why not?)
- 1/2 cup chopped kale
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 tbsp salt
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 2 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan grated cheese
- 2 tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 375F. Yeh, the oven. Bear with me. You trust me, right?
Thinly slice your cabbage, about the thickness of fettuccine noodles. Put them in a pot, fill with water then dump the salt in. Bring to boil on high. Stir a couple of times then turn off the heat and move the pot to a back burner and let it sit while you get the chicken ready. Heat up a cast iron skillet (or if you don’t have one, use a regular one) on medium heat. Once hot, add the butter until melts, then add the chicken. Cook the chicken until not pink on all sides, then add the ‘shrooms.
Cook them for a few minutes until you get a little liquid building up, then add the cream cheese and garlic, stir a few times to melt the cheese, then turn down to med-low.
Grab that pot of cabbage and drain it good.
Add the other cheeses and kale to the cabbage and stir up good to combine.
Go back to the stove (hey, it’s kitchen cardio!) and get the chicken mixture. Pour into the cabbage and stir really good until it’s all coated with the ‘sauce’ from the chicken mixture. Dump the entire thing back into the cast iron (or, if you used a regular skillet, into a baking dish) and tamp down the mixture.
Put in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Scoop and serve. Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional information: Calories each 372, Fat: 20g, Protein: 42, Carbs: 2, Fiber: 1, Net carbs: 1