Posts Tagged "cheese"

Southwest Brown Rice Chicken Bake

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Featured

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Here is a healthy casserole that is very quick and easy to make.  I make it for my family a few times a month and it is a hit every time.  It is great as leftovers and you can add different veggies or meat to give it a different spin.  I have made this replacing the sour cream with greek yogurt and it turned out just fine, although I prefer the sour cream version.  I usually use chicken breast baked with some season salt, but dark meat would work as well.  When I’m feeling extra lazy I just use Trader Joes frozen grilled breast strips which are already cooked and just need to be heated.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Southwest Brown Rice Chicken Bake

(makes about 6 servings)

4 cups of cooked brown rice (I use Trader Joes frozen already cooked brown rice)

2 cups of shredded chicken, cooked (about 2 large breasts)

1 cup of frozen corn

1 15oz can of black beans, drained

1 cup of sour cream

1/2 cup of salsa

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese of your choice) plus addition for topping

salt, pepper, taco seasoning, etc to taste

(you can add onions, can chilis, etc to suit your taste!)

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray square 9X9 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed.

Transfer to prepared baking dish and top with additional cheese if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese is nice and melted!

Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Top with avocado, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, or whatever else sounds good!

Now tell me that wasn’t easy!  And delicious! :)

 

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Slightly adapted from:  http://www.howsweeteats.com/2010/11/cheesy-chicken-and-rice-bake/

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Bruschetta Chicken

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Featured

 

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This is one of my go-to dinners when I’m short on time!  Very easy and quick to make, but has tons of flavor.  Perfect for warm spring and summer dinners on the patio!

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Bruschetta Chicken

(serves 4-6)

1.3 pounds of chicken breast strips (breasts or breast halves will work great too!)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of dried basil or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup of chopped tomatoes

1/4 plus 4 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing (I’ve also used balsamic vinaigrette)

1/2-3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

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Place half of the chicken in a large seal-able bag with 2 tablespoons of dressing and shake until coated.  In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken to the skillet and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until it is browned on each side and cooked thoroughly.  Repeat with the remaining chicken, coating it in the dressing and cooking it with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of dressing, basil, tomatoes, and cheese.  When all of the chicken is cooked, return it to your skillet over medium-low heat and pour the dressing/tomato/cheese mixture over the top.  Cover and let sit until it is heated through and the cheese is just melted.

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Source:  Adapted from http://www.myfamilymealplan.com/2009/08/grilled-bruschetta-chicken.html

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Lighter Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Chicken, Cooking, Dinner, Featured, For kids

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A creamy comfort food classic made light!  This is one of my favorite casseroles, and now I don’t have to feel guilty making it.  (or eating it!)  I used Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice which made it even quicker and easier to make, not to mention healthier!  The crushed crackers give it a nice crunch on top of the melted cheese, with creamy chicken, rice and broccoli  combined underneath.  Make it soon!

Nutritional Info per serving:  350 calories, 11.5 grams of fat, 35 carbs, 3.5 grams of fiber, and 25 grams of protein (plus its loaded with vitamins A & C, calcium, and tons more!)

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Lighter Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

(makes 9 servings)

1 pound chicken breast, cooked and chopped (about 2 cups)

2 1/2 cups of chopped broccoli, steamed

8 ounces of light cream cheese

1/2 cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups of nonfat milk

1 1/2 cups of light cheddar cheese, divided

Few dashes each of garlic salt and onion powder

dash of nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

4 cups of brown rice, cooked

1 sleeve of golden rounds crackers (or ritz), smashed (about 2 cups) *

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8X8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl combine cooked rice, cooked chicken, and steamed broccoli.  Set aside.  In a large skillet heat cream cheese, yogurt, chicken broth, milk , and 1 cup of cheese over medium heat. Whisk until smooth.  Add seasonings to taste.   When sauce is smooth and heated through, stir in with the chicken, rice, and broccoli.  Stir until well combined.  Pour mixture into your baking dish using a spatula to smooth.  Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and smashed crackers on top.  Bake 15 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.  Let sit about 5 minutes then enjoy!

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* You can substitute panko bread crumbs or plain bread crumbs if you’d like

 

Source: Adapted from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/04/healthy-meals-monday-creamy-chicken.html

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