Chicken Bacon Alfredo Casserole

We’re in a bit of a dinner rut again and I’m on the hunt for some new recipes. I feel like we have been eating the same thing every week. I had several packs of chicken breast and bacon in my freezer and wanted to make something with both. I found this recipe for an Alfredo casserole and thought it would be delicious. It was so good! 

It’s made with only a few ingredients mixed together in a baking dish and 35 minutes later, you’ll have dinner on the table. This recipe will definitely be going into the rotation! 

2 1/2 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

3-4 cups hash browns

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 1/2 to 2 cups jarred Alfredo sauce (I used a roasted garlic version)

1/2 yellow onion, diced

salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 3-4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Add all the ingredients to the dish, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spread into an even layer and place in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the broccoli is cooked.

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One Pot Chicken Enchilada Skillet

One pot meals are one of the quickest and easiest ways to get dinner on the table quickly. Even better, use a rotisserie chicken and you’ll have dinner in a flash! I was in the mood for enchiladas but didn’t have time to make a full pan of them, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It was really good – even better for lunch the next day!

Next time, I’ll add another tortilla since I felt like it needed a little more. Otherwise it was delicious and there were no complaints from the peanut gallery.

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!!! For the last couple of games, we’ve had what my daughter calls “Family dinner” to eat during the games. It’s really just appetizers – ring bologna and cheese, potato skins, hummus and veggies – snack food. I wanted to still be able to enjoy the game, but have some a little more like dinner. I found this recipe for a one-pot meal and I was sold. We love tacos and figured this would be a way to get my kids to eat some veggies too.

It was so easy to make and we all loved it. I served it on top of tortilla chips, like nachos; but it could easily work in taco shells, over rice or lettuce.

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Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

No one can resist saucy, cheese enchiladas that are packed full of ground turkey and black beans … except my son. Ha! He’s getting more vocal about what he wants to eat and the other night when I made these easy enchiladas, he wanted nothing to do with them. I decided it was a night I was going to pick my battles and not argue with them. The rest of us loved them and they made enough for us to have for dinner later in the week. I’m sure my son won’t want to eat them again.

As I mentioned, they were easy to make and I like that you use low-carb tortillas especially since I’m back to watching what I’m eating. We drizzled roasted shishito pepper sauce over them to add a little heat and they were so good!

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2 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
juice from a lime
12 6-inch low carb flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce
toppings: thinly sliced green onions, sour cream, lime wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Pour 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce into the dish.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey and spices. Brown the turkey until it is cooked through. Mix in the tomato paste until combined. Stir in the beans and lime juice. If needed, add 1/2 cup chicken stock. I didn’t need it as my mixture was wet enough. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes more and then remove from heat.

To make your enchiladas, place a tortilla down on a flat surface. Place 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the one side of the tortilla. Tightly roll the tortilla and place seam side down in the prepared baking dish. Continue until all tortillas are used. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with both cheese. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the sauce is hot and the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions.

Source: Diethood

Mexican Lasagna

I’ve been craving Mexican food lately and thought this would be great way to enjoy some delicious food and eat from our pantry. I only needed to pick up corn tortillas, but I had everything else in the house.

The recipe came together really quickly and gave us enough for leftovers and a couple lunches for me. I love the mix of corn and black beans and my kids didn’t even know I used ground turkey instead of beef. I love swaps like that!

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Lasagna Stuffed Shells

Do you love lasagna? We love it too – it’s probably one of my son’s favorite foods and something he never complains about eating. We always end up with four empty plates at dinner. I wanted to change things up and make stuffed shells, but in place of my regular filling recipe, I used the ingredients to make lasagna as my filling. It was a definite winner and made enough for leftovers and a few days of lunch for me. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again!

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Zucchini Breakfast Casserole

I’m always looking for recipes that made good leftovers and this one definitely did not disappoint! My husband and I actually think it tasted better the next day after it had a chance to sit in the fridge over night. This recipe for zucchini breakfast casserole is great for breakfast, brunch or dinner! I love that I was able to mix in a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs straight from the garden. I had a half of a loaf of country french bread leftover from making a french toast casserole earlier in the week and it was perfect way to use it up!

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6 – 8 eggs (I used 8 since my eggs were on the smaller side)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp hot sauce
salt & fresh ground pepper
3 cups grated zucchini
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes, squeezed to remove the excess moisture
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
4 cups cubed day-old bread
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and then mix in the ricotta until smooth. Add in the Parmesan cheese and hot sauce. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.

Add the tomatoes, zucchini and basil to the egg mixture. Moisten the cubes of bread with a little water and then squeeze out any excess water. Add the moistened bread crumbs to the egg mixture and stir well. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out the mixture evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. If the casserole is not brown enough after 30 minutes, increase the heat to 425 and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Source: Simply Recipes

Pesto Baked Rigatoni

Well it’s been a crazy week! I had all intentions to get caught up on recipes this week,  but sometimes life throws you for a loop and everything goes out the window.  My little guy started to get sick on Thursday night and I thought he was improving, but we ended up making a midnight trip to the ER on Sunday night.  It was a whirlwind of 36 hours spent being observed in the peds floor for dehydration. He was released on Tuesday afternoon and is doing much better.  Then my daughter got sick…. Luckily it was short-lived and she’s already better.

Now onto the recipe…pesto baked  rigatoni. I loved this pesto especially since it’s a combination of spinach and kale. Both the kids loved it and it was quick and easy to make. It would be great to take to a potluck or a meal for new parents.

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1 lb whole wheat rigatoni
2-3 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup reservation pasta water
1/2 shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups spinach
1 cup baby kale
1 cup basil
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan asiago cheese
1/2 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic, minced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, add in all the pesto ingredients and puree until smooth.

In a large stock, bring water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Slice the tomatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Add in the pesto and the cooked pasta. Add in half of the reserved pasta water and mix until it’s well combined. Add more water if necessary to make it saucy. Pour into a 9×13 baking dish and top with the mozzarella cheese. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the dish is warmed through.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Ross wanted to go out for Mexican the other night and our kids have not been the best behaved at restaurants…so I decide we’d have Mexican night at home! We haven’t been out to dinner in a while between Cooper being sick, the weather and struggles with Cooper’s eating lately. I know he’s going through the picky toddler stages and he doesn’t like to sit at the table during dinner….it’s a constant battle almost every night. I used to look forward to sitting down to dinner as a family, but now it’s becoming exhausting and not enjoyable. I know this will pass and things will get better. We’re all just ready for spring and warmer weather to arrive!

This casserole was really good! It’s a great way to use leftover chicken and it came together really quickly. It makes a full 9×13 casserole, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers – or it’s a great dish to take to a pot luck party! If you like a little heat, you could always add in some diced jalapenos.

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2 cups shredded chicken
1/4 cup water
4 Tbsp taco seasoning
5 cups cooked Mexican rice
1 can sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped green onions
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 can green chile enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium pot, combine the cooked chicken with water and taco seasoning. Heat until warm throughout. Prepare the Mexican rice according to the package – I use a Zatarain’s box but will make it from scratch next time I make this recipe. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, rice, olives, green onions, black beans, cilantro, and one cup of cheese. Spread this mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the casserole and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the foil. Spread the remaining one cup of cheese over the top of the casserole and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes for the cheese to melt. Allow to rest before serving. Use your favorite toppings to finish the dish – sour cream, shredded lettuce, fresh diced tomatoes, or avocado.

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Broccoli, Ham and Cheddar Egg Bake

We love having breakfast for dinner and this is a great casserole for that! It would also be perfect for brunch. It’s simple to make and both kids loved it, which is a win right now since Madeline no longer likes the food that she loved before and Cooper is getting picky and only wants mac and cheese. I know we’ll be having this for dinner quite often. It’s great for leftovers in the morning…cut a slice and reheat it in the microwave.

4-6 cups bite-sized broccoli florets, blanched about 2 minutes and drained well
1-2 cups diced ham (about 1/2 to 1 lb)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
10 eggs, beaten
salt and fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×12 glass cooking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the broccoli, ham and cheese in the prepared casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper and pour the beaten egg over the broccoli and ham. Use a fork to stir the mixture until all the ingredients are coated with egg. 
Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until the egg is set and the top is starting to lightly brown. Remove from oven and serve.