Saturday, July 11, 2009


I'm sure everyone has a version of this meal in their family. My mom used to call them "Chinese Haystacks" until we had a missionary from China eat them at our house, and he informed her that in fact, there was nothing chinese about them. Now she calls them Hawaiian Haystacks, which I'm sure is just because pineapple is one of the ingredients, but Rich and I just call them plain old Haystacks. They are one of the easiest and tastiest dinners - which is probably why we have them at least once a week! They can be super healthy, too, depending on the ingredients you use. The best part of the meal is that each person basically makes their own haystack, so if there's an ingredient you don't like, just leave it out of your bowl! You can definitely add anything to the meal that you think would make it better, and you can leave out anything I use that you think sounds terrible (which is nothing, so don't even worry about it).
Chow Mein noodles (we use the fat ones)
brown rice
1 can of cream of chicken soup (use only ~3/4 can of milk/water to make soup so that it is thicker like a gravy)
sliced baby carrots
green onions, diced
pineapple, tidbits or chunks
slivered almonds
cheddar cheese
other possible ingredients:
water chestnuts
green bell peppers
shredded chicken
Make your own haystack by putting noodles and rice in the bottom of your bowl and stacking the ingredients you love on top of them. Cover with soup/gravy, mix, & enjoy!

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