Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cheesy chicken rice casserole

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 can cream of chicken, 1 1/2 cups instant white rice, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup diced onion.
(If you use regular uncooked rice, then just add another cup of water.)
Spread mixture on bottom of casserole dish.
Then add slices of raw chicken breast and broccoli pieces.
Bake covered at 375 for 45 minutes.
Add cheddar cheese to the top and bake another 10 minutes uncovered.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Cookies

Make your favorite sugar cookie and frosting recipes. (Not to be vague, but I used a mix this time. Not saying I couldn't make my own, but didn't this round....)

The funny faces are obviously easy. For the spiderwebs I drew a big spiral of icing, and then pulled a toothpick from the inside to the outside 7 or 8 times to make the webs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Delivery Day Chicken (Pollo Real)

Anton's mom brought us this meal right after Monica was born. We fittingly coined it "Delivery Day Chicken" and it has become our signature dish to bring to friends with newborns, or in this case just eat on our own because it's so delicious!
In the bottom of a large corningware dish, mix 1 cup rice, 2 cubes chicken bouillion, 1 small can diced green chiles, 2 T dry onion flakes, 1 t cumin, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can hot water. Place defrosted chicken pieces on top of mixture. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. After 1 hour, sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheddar on top and return to oven until melted. You can increase the amount of rice if you want, then just add additional water.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ranch Chicken Enchiladas

(I forgot to take a picture until after we had eaten half of the dish, but I guess that proves it was a winner.)

Stir together:
3 or 4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
Several healthy sccops of sour cream, maybe a cup?
Powdered ranch seasoning, to taste. We have Uncle Dan's Classic Ranch seasoning from Costco, but I'm sure Hidden Valley or any packet would work

Place a big scoop inside a tortilla and roll up and place in 9x13 casserole. I ended up with 10 this time. I put 8 in the dish and froze two for later.

Cover with cheddar.

Mix up a bit more sour cream and ranch, and thin it down with milk and drizzle on top.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or so, until it turns golden on top.

The leftovers were better than the original night, so I think this would work well to make ahead of time or to double and freeze half for later.

Catch your kid licking out the ranch container:
Not only did Abigail enjoy the finished product, but she kept trying to sell her creation to Zachary during dinner. "But you will like it, Zachary! You like all of the ingredients! It is just like quesadillas with ranch. Try it!!!" (He didn't)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Asian Noodles

Start with one package of chinese egg noodles. This is the best brand I've found so far at Safeway:

Fry sliced chicken breast, 1/2 can each of water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and baby corns. You could also add broccoli, carrots, snow peas etc. Fry with sesame oil and 1 t minced garlic. Also add a little teriyaki sauce.

Boil noodles in a separate pot, but be careful not to overcook them. Drain and pour noodles into frying pan with other cooked ingredients. Add a little more oil and a generous amount of "Veri Veri" teriyaki sauce which you can find at Trader Joes or Costco. I've tried other kinds and you might want to use your favorite, but this one is especially good. Once noodle are golden friend :) serve and eat!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Better than almost anything cake

I give Betty Crocker all of the credit for this cake. The recipe was on the back of the cake box I was using. It really is yummy! I forgot to take a picture, but there is one over on Betty's site.

1 box German Chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs for recipe)
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 16-17 oz jar of caramel sauce
1 80z cool whip
1 cup crushed Heath or toffee chips

1-Make german chocolate cake according to the box directions, in a 9x13. Cool 15 minutes.

2-Poke the cake with a wooden spoon handle every 1/2".

3-Drizzle with the sweetened condensed milk. Let stand until it completely absorbed. Repeat with the caramel sauce.

4-Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (or overnight.)

5-Spread cool whip over cake. Sprinkle with Heath bar crumbs.