Boat Food! - Chicken &/or Veggies and Dumplings.

It's a one-pot wonder on a cold, blustery day.  And this weekend was a perfect day for dumplings.  This is for chicken and green bean (weird combo, right?  But it was good!) dumplings, but I'll add info below for veggie/vegan/gluten free changes.

Here are the ingredients I used - with alternatives/ideas to the side:
Chicken  - omit for vegan/veggie
Mushrooms - use a lot as a chicken replacement.  You can use another meat substitute if you like - I just avoid processed foods
Greenbeans - lots of veggies would work, but make sure it's one that can handle cooking for a while - diced potatoes, for example
Stock - chicken, veggie, etc.  You can use boullion cubes if that's what you keep on board, but I prefer the health benefits of bone stock when I can get/make it
Self-rising flour - I had this on board, so it's what I used - but use a gluten free flour if you have access/prefer
Milk use water instead - no big deal)
Butter - omit, if you like
Coconut oil

I started by tossing the chicken and greenbeans (fresh from the farmer's market!) into my biggest pot.

Then I added about 4 cups of chicken stock, sliced fresh mushrooms (use canned if that works better for you) and some garlic
 While these ingredients simmered, I mixed up the dough for the dumplings.  I started with the recipe on the back of the self-rising flour bag.  While I am southern, I do not use Crisco.  I substituted coconut oil - again for the health benefits.  And I used water instead of milk.
 I rolled the dough into balls using approximately 1 tsp per ball.  You could roll out the dough and cut it, but who has room for all that nonsense on a boat?
 Then I turned up the heat a little and dropped the dumplings into the almost-boiling pot.  They will float at first, and after a bit they start to sink.  That's my super-technical way to tell they are done.
 I finished it off with some half and half and a wee bit of butter, then added seasonings including thyme, salt, pepper and a smidge of cayenne and nutmeg.  Feel free to use whatever you have on board.

Mmmmm.  Warm, delicious and filling - and as a bonus, cooking warmed up the boat as well.

Next time I'll cover Tomato Bisque per Jessica's request!  Let me know if you have any other request, blog reading people.  If I don't know how to make it on a boat yet, it'll give me something to figure out.  Happy Tuesday!


  1. YUMMMMYYYYYYYYY and the pics are wonderful. So glad you are having fun. I also love the jewelry site and want the BRIGHT bracelet which wraps on your wrist. $14.00 i think?? HAPPY THANKSGIVING ! ! ! ! mom :)

    1. Thanks mom! I have no idea which one you mean... It might have been the Caribbean rainbow bracelet that sold...?

  2. Yum! What time do you want us there :)

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

    1. PS - You may find some fun stuff here: http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f91/wanted-your-favorite-recipe-103745.html

      We started a discussion on Cruiser's Forum seeking one pot meals - we have had some very "interesting" replies.

      Mark and Cindy
      s/v Cream Puff

      pps - Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!

    2. Well, that's intriguing! I'll have to head over and check it out. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. That does look delicious, and pretty easy too. I'll have to give that a shot in the next few weeks, plus I'm REALLY looking forward to the tomato bisque! :)


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