Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ritz Chicken Casserole

A while ago, I was in a recipe group, and this recipe was passed around. I'm not altogether sure who was the contributor, but whoever you are--THANK YOU. I've made it a couple of times now, and my kids and hubby yum it down (even my SUPER-PICKY eater). It's a great way to use up some left-overs (chicken and rice)...it's easy to make, quick, yummy, and the ingredients are in your pantry!

ingredients:
2 cups cubed up chicken (use leftovers or bake up some breasts)
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I use the 98% fat-free version)
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I use the Lite sour cream)
2 cups cooked rice
1 1/4 sticks butter, melted (apx. 11 Tbsp)
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed (this is 35 crackers)

directions:
1. Mix soup and sour cream/yogurt together. Add chicken.

2. Toss crushed crackers with melted butter.

3. Place rice on the bottom of a greased 9x13" pan. Spread soup/chicken mixture over the rice. Sprinkle with the crackers (that have been tossed with butter).

4. Bake at 350 uncovered for 30 minutes or until heated through and crackers are golden and crisp.
variations:
Add a VEGGIE! I'm thinking some steamed broccoli might be yummy in this. I've even seen it suggested to put some artichoke hearts in. I think maybe even fresh green beans might be yummers in it?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Yummy Uglies

I found this recipe today and tried it. We just finished eating it for dinner, and it was really fun and yummy--like simple sloppy joes in a cup. The kids sure liked it. I'm going to try out some of the variations below. Have fun!


ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
garlic powder
onion (fresh or dried/minced)
1 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 can refrigerated biscuits (like "Pillsbury Grands")
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.

2. Brown beef with onion (use the amount you desire) and several dashes of garlic powder. Drain fat off meat and stir in the barbecue sauce.

3. Press out the biscuit dough (roll out or use your palm) to stretch each biscuit to 6". Place in muffin cup. Take a large scoop of the meat mixture and place into the biscuit "cup." Sprinkle with cheese.
4. Cook for 13-15 minutes or until brown and flaky. Enjoy!
Variations:
*Instead of BBQ sauce, try Taco Seasoning for a taco-type ugly and garnish with sour cream and salsa.
*I thought of trying this with a sausage and egg mixture...for a breakfast-type of ugly.
*Use your imagination with these "cups"--several fun ideas come to mind!