Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Recipe--Casseroles

Yea! for casseroles. We can throw them together the night before and then pop them in the oven when we get in the door. Then before you know it, it is time to sit down and listen to your picky eater say "what's this 'spose to be?" LOL

Cheesy Potato Casserole
1 pkg. frozen hash browns, thawed
1 container low-fat sour cream
2 tbsp. chives
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups chopped ham
1 large pkg. shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. potato chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix hash browns, sour cream, chives, onion, ham and half of the cheese.
2. Spray large glass casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in hash-brown mixture and cover with the rest of the cheese.
3. Top with potato chips and cook for 35 to 40 minutes until top is golden brown.

Pepperoni-Pasta Bake
1/2 to 3/4 lb. rotini pasta
1 12-oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni
1 can mushrooms (optional)
Your favorite spaghetti sauce
4 to 6 oz. grated mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, and spread it evenly in the bottom of an oven-safe casserole dish. Arrange pepperoni slices and drained mushrooms on top of pasta. Pour spaghetti sauce on top. Top generously with cheese. Bake for 17 to 22 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Chicken Chow Mein Casserole
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom and roasted garlic soup
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 can Chinese water chestnuts
1/2 cup celery
1/2 cup onion
1 can bean sprouts
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1 can Chinese noodles

1. Cook the chicken and cut into bite-sized pieces; place in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix the soups and the soy sauce together (add more, if desired). Add the rest of the ingredients, except the Chinese noodles, and mix. Place in a large, ungreased casserole dish.
3. Cook the covered (you may use aluminum foil) casserole at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Fifteen minutes before serving, place the Chinese noodles on top to heat through.

Turkey Noodle Casserole
1/2 pound egg noodles, cooked
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups cooked turkey breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 cups broccoli
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the cooked egg noodles into a 10x7 inch casserole dish. Whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth, set aside. Place the olive oil in a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic, cook stirring until soft, about one minute. Add the flour/ broth mixture to the pan, stir to mix together. Add the remaining chicken broth, milk, nutmeg, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper, cooked turkey, and peas.
2. Pour the sauce over the noodles and use a spoon to mix together and smooth out the top. Sprinkle on the Gruyere cheese and bread crumbs. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until casserole bubbles and the top crust is browned--about 8 to 10 minutes.

Everyone seems to FINALLY be over the flu bug here at the house. We had thought Rylie was okay, then we went somewhere and she started puking again. Sigh. So we came home and settled her down on the couch with her pillow, the puke bucket and a glass of room temperature 7Up. The next morning she was fine again, thank goodness.

I got two phone calls from David this weekend. He let us know that the medical problem he was concerned about was nothing to be worried about. Wait a minute...what?! Oh, yeah...he didn't tell Momma about it, he told Ray and told him not to tell me until they knew for sure what was going on. I'm kicking the kid in the shin for that when I see him. I had a feeling something was up and I thought it was medical. Thank goodness it was not the big C, which is what they initially thought it might be. {{{Huge sigh of relief}}}

Well, I am off to print out some articles on the Daytona 500 to send to David and a few other things for him to read. Ya'll have a great day.
Jill Marie

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