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Tag Archives: Casseroles

Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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All year round breakfast casserole

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is packed with your morning favorites. Easily prepared the night before, this is sure to become a family favorite. You can have for Breakfast or dinner all year round. Why not start this Christmas by preparing it the night before, cover tightly and let it chill overnight in the fridge. Then on Christmas morning heat and serve.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

INGREDIENTS

7 large eggs, lightly beaten

12 oz can evaporated milk

1 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

16 oz Oda Ida plain refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes

½ C chopped green bell pepper

½ C bacon pieces, divided

¼ C thinly sliced green onions, divided

1 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8X8 baking dish. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl, gently stir together the eggs, evaporated milk, kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until well combined. Set aside.

2. Evenly spread the hash brown potatoes onto the previously prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle bell peppers on top. Layer with half of the bacon pieces, followed by half of the green onions. Spread shredded cheddar evenly on top, followed by remaining bacon and remaining green onions.

3. Pour egg mixture over entire dish. Bake uncovered for forty-fifty minutes or until top is golden brown and puffy set. Let rest at room temp for five-ten minutes before serving. Leftovers can be chilled and reheated nicely.

Source Chew Out loud

Stuffed Peppers with a small twist

This dish is similar to stuffed peppers but without all of the fuss? Prepare this incredibly simple Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole, all the great flavors of the traditional dish, but it’s so very easy.

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)

1/2 C onion, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

2 C cooked rice (any variety)

1 14 oz can diced tomato (any variety)

2 C shredded cheddar, divided

1 Tbsp oregano

1 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a large skillet sauté onion in olive oil, until translucent. Add ground turkey and cook thoroughly, approximately ten minutes. Drain any fat that is in pan.

2. Add the bell pepper to pan, turn heat to medium and cover, stirring occasionally. When pepper has softened, add spices, tomatoes and salt/pepper to taste. Continue cooking a couple additional minutes to blend flavors.

3. In large bowl combine: turkey & veggie mixture, rice and 1 1/2 cups cheese, mix thoroughly. Spoon into the previously prepared 9 x 13 casserole dish, covering with foil.

4. Cook for twenty five minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil carefully and add remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Place back into oven to broil two-three minutes to gently crisp cheese.

Source Who Needs a Cape

Kid Friendly, Mom approved Casserole

This week was a little more special because it was my Birthday on Wednesday. So I chose not to cook dinner lol. But as for the beginning and rest of the week I picked out a few other delicious recipes that I planned on cooking.

Here’s what I had planned 😊

The dish I will sharing with you today is this really yummy Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake. Then tomorrow I’ll be showing you these two Crockpot Buffalo Ranch chicken wings and the Side Dish Cucumber Salad. It’s going to be delicious!

Anyway, let’s get back to the recipe

Do you have some picky eaters in your family? Well then how about you outsmart the picky “noodles only” eaters at the table with this macaroni and cheese casserole. It’s loaded with lean sirloin, shredded veggies, and lots of calcium–each serving has 200 milligrams.

Here are some other perks

1. less than three hundred calories

2. low in carbs

3. Healthy

4. Yummoelicious

5. Kid Friendly

Need I say more?

I’m certain that your whole family (even the picky eaters) will enjoy this dish!

Beef, Cheese, and Noodle Bake

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) package small elbow macaroni

Cooking spray

1 C pre-chopped onion

1C pre-shredded celery

1 C pre-shredded carrot

2 tsp minced garlic

1 lb lean ground sirloin

1 C tomato sauce

1 tsp kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 C fat-free milk

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C (6 ounces) 2% reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese (your choice), divided

Directions

Line a baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°.

1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt; drain. Lightly coat pasta with cooking spray.Heat a Large pot over medium-high heat. Grease your pot with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot, and sauté four minutes.

2. Add garlic; sauté for one minute. Add the ground beef; cook for five minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Add pasta to beef mixture in pan, stirring to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into the previous prepared baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Place milk, flour, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat two minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1 cup cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in your oven for twenty minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a green veggie or side salad.

Source My Recipes

Turning a thought into a Reality

 

I recently mentioned in another article that I started the process of making cooking videos. I also said will not upload any just yet because I have been making some practice videos. The process is going really well. I’m having a great time! Yes, of course, I will post some real soon. My goal is to have a video uploaded on my blog and on my Facebook page sometime either next week or early next month. So be on the outlook for one.

Now onto the recipe

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole is a simple side dish recipe that comes together less than thirty minutes. It’s the perfect way to get your kiddos to eat their vegetables.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole

4 C grated zucchini
½ tsp salt
½ C finely diced onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 eggs
½ C grated Parmesan cheese, plus an additional 2 tablespoons
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
½ C Shredded cheddar cheese
½ C Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp melted butter

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a small baking dish with cooking spray and set aside (I recommend using an 8-inch or an 8-in x 5-in baking pan.)

2. Place zucchini in a colander, sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for approximately ten minutes (this will help draw out some of the water from the zucchini). After ten minutes, squeeze out the majority of the moisture from the zucchini.

3. In the prepared dish, combine zucchini, onion, garlic, eggs, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. I like to use my hands to make sure that it’s all completely combined, and then gently press the mixture evenly into the prepared dish.

4. Bake uncovered for twenty minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the melted butter with breadcrumbs and two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Stir until completely combined. After twenty minutes, remove zucchini from the oven. Sprinkle buttered breadcrumbs over the zucchini and return the dish to the oven. Continue baking for about five-ten more minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

Court’s Cooking Notes: You can use yellow squash as a substitute for zucchini. Also, this dish would be an excellent side for Cordon Bleu Chicken or Grilled Turkey Patties.

Source The Seasoned Mom

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Comfort Food Made Healthy

Chicken Spaghetti is my latest comfort food favorite. I have already eaten it twice on two separate occasions. The first one was at a friend’s Birthday party. The second one was when I stayed with my Grandparents. During my visit I went with my Grandmother to a ladies luncheon. After eating Chicken Spaghetti for the second time I was in love with the dish.

I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to make it too except with half the calories. I searched for one and came across this Healthier Chicken Spaghetti Recipe that is honestly full of flavor. It too is a healthier alternative of the Pioneer Woman’s classic — entirely homemade with no cream soups! It’s a simple make-ahead and freezer friendly meal.

I’m certain that your family will love this dish so much that they will probably even forget it’s healthy.

Healthier Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Bake

INGREDIENTS

3-4 C. cooked, cubed chicken breast (approximately 3 breasts)
2 Tbsp. canola oil
½ C. medium onion, chopped
½ C. green bell pepper, chopped
½ C. red bell pepper, chopped
3¾ C. Barilla whole wheat spaghetti, broken into 1.5″ pieces
1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 tsp. all-purpose flour
3 C. 1% milk
2 C. low-fat cheddar cheese, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Combine the onion, green pepper, and red pepper and cook until softened. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to package directions until just al dente. Drain and transfer the pasta to a large pot. Then add the onion and bell pepper mixture to the pasta. Stir until well combined.

2. Next, add the carrot, salt, paprika, pepper, garlic and cook for one-two minutes. Stir in flour until completely absorbed. Add milk and cook, stirring often, until thickened. Stir in the cooked chicken, and one cup cheddar cheese.

3. Spread the mixture into the baking dish, top with remaining one cup cheese and bake twenty-thirty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve.

Source The Recipe Rebel

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Cookbooks Make Good Friends

I am getting very well acquainted with my old new cookbook Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition. I know I’ve said this before, but the book is really fascinating, and I like it a lot! 🙂 One of the conflicts that I have with it though is that the book has no pictures of the recipes and the directions on how to cook/what to do for them are not very detailed. In which of course, I find pretty intimidating. Yes since this was my second time of using this book I basically had not a clue what I was doing lol. I mean I knew that I was cooking, and all but did not know that I was doing it the correct way. Ha, what was really scary is that I had no clue how it was going to turn out lol.

Furthermore, I still would love to use it more often though as I believe this book will help me become a better cook. And even though I didn’t know what I was doing or how this Spanish Chicken Casserole was going turn out lol, I still trusted my cooking skills, made a few changes and just went with the flow. Haha! Not surprisingly the outcome of this recipe that I’m showing you today was a huge success and delish. Also, the first recipe I made from the book is called Deviled Pork Chops.

Spanish Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

3-4 medium chicken breasts, rinsed, pat dry, cubed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. McCormick’s Smoked paprika
1/4 C. Flour
3 Tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 C carrots, rinsed, peeled, (if desired) and chopped
1/2 C celery, rinsed chopped
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Tbsp Green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C. shredded Cheese, Optional

Preheat the oven 375 degrees. Line a casserole dish with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Directions

1. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large, resealable plastic bag and or container. Then place the chicken into the bag, make sure the container is closed tightly 🙂 and shake to coat the chicken in the flour mixture. Pour in the olive oil into a large skillet and heat the oil over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer. Next, add the chicken and cook for approximately eight minutes, occasionally stirring. Once the chicken is cooked place the pieces evenly into the previously prepared baking dish.

2. Add more oil if needed and saute the chopped onion, green bell pepper, garlic, celery, carrots, and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat for three-five minutes. Remove pan from the heat and pour the ingredients over the chicken. Sprinkle cheese on top, if desired. Cover and bake the chicken in the oven for about thirty-five  forty minutes – or until chicken is tender and cheese is bubbly.

Optional: Five minutes before the chicken is done add 1/4 cup sautéed mushrooms and 1/3 cup sliced stuffed olives. Also if needed you can add 1/3 – 1/2 cup boiling vegetable or chicken stock/broth and or water.

For the side dish, I made Garlic Parmesan Edamame.
I know that it probably doesn’t go well with the main dish lol, but the post and a lot of others either have a terrible picture or don’t have one, so I decided to go back on a lot of the old ones and doing photo retakes.

Adapted from  Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition  

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