Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Casseroles aren't just for sickies...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Casseroles aren't just for sickies...

Well, I think we are on the mend. I still have a house of runny noses and coughs, but all seem to be feeling a little better. Amazingly, I still have not yet to get this.....although, I'm probably setting myself up just typing this, so I'm sure my time is coming!

I made some colors changes to my site last night. I personally feel you can read it better without the dark colored background. What do you think? Someday I'll make it really pretty, I promise!

So, since over half the house was still sick, I made a comforting casserole the other night. I have made this dish probably 50 times in the last few years, as it is always a hit, easy to throw together, and tasty on the palate.

I know not everyone is a fan of casseroles, but we love them. A one pot meal, can't be that! You get your veggies, meat and starches all in one dish. And as long as you don't eat half the pan (um...husband), they can be somewhat healthy, depending on what you put in them. Here's our take on the other night's version!

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups brown rice
1/2 bag of frozen broccoli florets
1 can 98% FF, low sodium, cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. skim milk
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 T. minced garlic
1 t. parsley
1/2 broth (from cooking chicken in)
salt/pepper to taste


Cook chicken breasts in boiling water along with the garlic. Once cooked through (probably 15 minutes, depending on size), take out of water and let cool. Once cool, shred with two forks. Meanwhile cook rice as directed. In large bowl combine frozen broccoli, soup, milk, broth, cheese and spices. Add chicken and rice to combine. Spray casserole dish and spread mixture in pan, cover with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes covered. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes until brown and bubbly.

Yum!!!!

On a side note - Jersey Shore is coming back! I can't believe we even like this show, but something about their craziness just pulls you in. I've heard they are going to be shooting another season in a different location. Hmm....I wonder where that will be. Regardless, I am looking forward to another trashy season, where I waste large moments of my life sitting on my couch watching them.

8 comments:

  1. 1. Agreed, the lighter background is much easier to read!
    2. I loove casseroles as well but I have a hard time sticking to "normal" portions
    3. JERSEY SHORE! I hear its the same cast but I'm worried that its going to be really fabricated (or more than it already is haha)

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  2. I love the new blog look! It's much cleaner looking!

    I love casseroles, but they often don't sit well in my tummy...I don't know what ingredient would cause that. Hmmm. Yours LOOKS delicious, though!

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  3. We heart casseroles! I'm a big fan of one-pot meals and casseroles.
    I heard rumors Jersey Shore will be taking a trip to Vegas.. not sure if it's true.

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  4. I am totally craving a casserole now... They are so comforting! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  5. I love casserole but heard you should call them gratin to make guests feel better about eating them.

    I don't watch tv, so I've never seen this jersey shore show, I think I'm ok with that.

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  6. Laura - great idea...I will call it a gratin, from now on, much more fancy:) And yeah, JS is trashy TV, so you're not missing anything!

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  7. Laura - great idea...I will call it a gratin, from now on, much more fancy:) And yeah, JS is trashy TV, so you're not missing anything!

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  8. 1. Agreed, the lighter background is much easier to read!
    2. I loove casseroles as well but I have a hard time sticking to "normal" portions
    3. JERSEY SHORE! I hear its the same cast but I'm worried that its going to be really fabricated (or more than it already is haha)

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