Cheesy Chicken Bake

Screen Shot 2020-06-18 at 11.58.40 AMWe have been trying to cut back on the amount of bread and pasta we eat, so when I was looking for a way to use up rotisserie chicken that didn’t use those things I, of course, turned to Pinterest. I found this chicken bake and man was it good. I halved the recipe the first time to make sure we liked it, and it was so good, so flavorful that I didn’t even miss the pasta. Recipe and photo courtesy of afamilyfeast.com.

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup avocado mayonnaise
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 store bought rotisserie chicken, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups red onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 375. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp, reserving 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and set aside. While the bacon is cooking, in a medium sauce pan, place cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, avocado mayonnaise, heavy cream, hot sauce, mustard, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Crumble bacon and add to the cream mixture. Clean skillet and add two tablespoons of the bacon fat and saute onions over medium high heat for three minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of bacon fat and add the mushrooms and saute for five minutes. Add the garlic and spinach and toss to coat the spinach and cook until wilted, about two minutes. Add the cream mixture and cooked chicken and heat then pour into an 8X12 inch casserole dish. Sprinkle on the two cups of mozzarella cheese and bake for 20 minutes. Place under the broiler and brown, 1-2 minutes. Let sit ten minutes to set up. There will be a little liquid on the bottom which will eventually absorb into the mixture. We spooned a little over each portion. Serve with a salad or your favorite vegetables.

Blueberry Crumble

downloadI found this recipe on Pinterest when I was looking for recipes that would use up my almond meal. I really liked how simple it was and it came out very similarly to a baked oatmeal so it could be used for breakfast as well.

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 maple syrup or honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preheat your oven to 350. Put your blueberries in a greased 8×8 pan. In a medium size bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and stir until fully combined. Pour your topping over the blueberries and bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping.

 

One-Pan Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Rice

This meal was so quick and easy and reminded me of what I always get at Chipotle. A great meal for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to prep but still want a healthy, home-cooked meal. Recipe and photo courtesy of cookingclassy.com

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespon canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions, chopped (keep lighter and darker portions separate)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and well drained
  • 2 cups minute white rice (don’t use regular rice!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and saute until cooked through, about 6 minutes, adding in lighter portions of the green onions and garlic at last 1 minute of cooking. Stir in broth, green onion greens, green chilies, lime zest, lime juice, black beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, add rice, fully immerse rice in broth, and allow to boil 20 seconds, then remove from heat and immediately cover with a lid. Let rest 5 – 6 minutes. If needed, return pan to medium heat and cook and toss 1 minute to allow rice to absorb excess moisture. Remove from heat, toss in cilantro and let rest uncovered 3 minutes.

Veggie Dip

I hosted my first ever Christmas party this weekend, and when I was looking for recipes to make I knew I wanted a veggie dip of some kind. I loved that this one was simple, and I knew the Parmesan would be delicious. Recipe and photo courtesy of stonegableblog.com.

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. As with most dips, I found the flavor to be even better second day, so if you can, refrigerate overnight.

The Best Bean Dip

I love me a good bean dip and this one definitely did not disappoint. Recipe and photo courtesy of the-girl-who-ate-everything.com.

 

  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 cup picante sauce (I used my salsa recipe)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin (or more to taste)
  • tortilla chips

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; transfer to a small (1 1/2 qt) slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring intermittently. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos.

*Optional ways of preparing: The slow cooker is ideal because it keeps the dip warm but you can also prepare this in the oven or even microwave. For the Oven: Bake dip at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Microwave: Heat in a microwave safe bowl for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir every couple of minutes.

 

 

 

Velvet Pork Chops (aka Gravy Delivery Device)

I’ve been trying to break out of my boring ground beef and chicken box and this pork chop recipe is right up my alley. Simple ingredients, simple preparation and it tasted really good to-boot. The gravy makes this recipe, hence the name at the top. Recipe and photo courtesy of southernplate.com.

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork chops and salt and pepper the tops of them. Cook until browned, then flip and salt and pepper again. Continue cooking until opposite side is brown. Pour in chicken broth, reduce heat to medium, and cook until broth is mostly evaporated, about ten minutes. Once broth has cooked down, remove chops from pan and turn off heat but leave pan on the stove eye.Have a wooden spoon handy and pour the cream into pan. Immediately start stirring and continue until the pan remnants are fully blended in with the cream and cream is warm and thick, just a few minutes. Serve chops with delicious cream sauce spooned over them.

 

Peach Salsa

I love this peach salsa because it’s so simple and quick to bring together, but tastes amazing. Pioneer Woman hit a home rum with this recipe, as usual. I am posting it using fresh peaches, but if you want to use canned that works too. Recipe and photo courtesy of Pioneer Woman.

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (or 28 oz canned, juice reserved
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced very fine
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced very fine (optional)
  • 1 whole jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash of salt
  • juice of 1 lime

Peel and slice the peaches, giving them a rough chop and put them in a bowl.  Dice up the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno very finely and add to the peaches. Chop half a bunch of cilantro and mix in. Finally add the juice of 1 lime, the chili powder and salt. Combine completely and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Parmesan Chicken Casserole

DSC_00701-1024x683I made this chicken this past weekend because it looked like a quick and easy meal to eat on a day when I really didn’t want to cook dinner.  Start to finish it took 30 minutes and was so delicious. I halved the recipe for my family of four but I’ll post the full recipe below in case you are feeding a crowd. Pair with starch of your choice. Recipe and photo courtesy of thecookinchicks.com.

 

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise OR plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 375.  Place your diced chicken into a greased 9×13 baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the mayo/yogurt, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Spread mixture on top of chicken, then sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, then serve over pasta or rice. Pan will be a little soupy so use a slotted spoon the serve the chicken.

 

Roasted Green Beans

best-ever-oven-roasted-green-beans-2These green beans were so good, and so simple to prepare.  Definitely something you can whip up in 30 minutes start to finish with either fresh or frozen green beans. I’m not going to include spice measurements because it is all to taste.  Enjoy! Recipe and photo adapted from thewanderlustkitchen.com

  • 1 lb green beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder

Preheat oven to 425. If using fresh green beans, trim the ends.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle on spices and use your hands to coat evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping after 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Brussels Sprouts with Apple, Dates, and Bacon

Brussels-Sprouts-with-Bacon-Dates-Apples.jpgI would not call myself a huge brussels sprouts, but this recipe has made me a convert.  It was the perfect balance of salty/sweet, crunchy/chewy. The recipe recommended a reduced balsamic glaze, but I left it off. I even went back for seconds, so if you are on the fence about brussels sprouts, give this recipe a try.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. Recipe and photo courtesy of arismenu.com

  • 2 cup brussels sprouts, halved and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped, with grease reserved
  • 6 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Set aside any leaves that fell off during halving as you will add them later. Add the brussels sprouts flat side down and season generously with salt and pepper.  I fried my bacon before hand and added the grease to the pan to help sear the sprouts. After about 5-7 minutes, flip the sprouts and let them cook a couple minutes longer.  Add the bacon, chopped dates and extra leaves, toss to combine.  Let cook for another 5 minutes or so, then remove from the heat.  Right before serving, add the chopped apples and give it a quick toss.

If you are using the balsamic glaze, place in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally until it has reached the desired thickness.