Chicken Corn Soup Casserole




chicken corn soup casserole
Chicken Corn Soup Casserole 
A good portion of this month will be filled with ribbon noodles and casseroles. We’re continuing with this chicken corn soup casserole. Chicken corn soup is one of my absolutely favorite soups to eat in the winter. There’s nothing quite like coming in after being out in the chilly air to a nice warm bowl of chicken corn soup! As a kid, I remember how my Granny Griffy would make chicken corn soup every year on the first day of trout season. I remember walking in and seeing her cooking with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and the ashes a mile long! My mom used to say that she felt like she needed to follow Granny Griffy around with an ashtray so that the ashes didn’t end up in the soup!
Now, I know that trout season is months away but I couldn’t help but share this recipe now. I don’t want to say that this recipe is comparable to Granny Griffy’s, mainly because of all of the memories attached behind it, but it’s very close! And it reminds me of her every time I eat it. Although, I don’t smoke, so there’s no chance of any ashes making it into the soup. Maybe that was Granny Griffy’s secret ingredient? ūüôā
This soup is warm and delicious. If you are hungry for chicken corn soup but don’t feel like going through all of the work of boiling the chicken, then this would be a great substitute. I actually made this even easier by cheating and buying a rotisserie chicken from the store. I boiled the noodles into the chicken stock. This gives the noodles a savory flavor and makes the casserole taste like you boiled a chicken on the stove. I shredded the carrots finely. You will want to do this as well as it serves 2 purposes. It allows the carrots to soften while the casserole is baking. Also, your children won’t taste the carrots but you’ll be happy that you were able to sneak some nutrition into the meal! I used this same technique with the onion. When you shred the onion it will have a soup-like consistency. This is fine! If you’d like more of a diced onion then you could certainly do that, although you may want to saute them a little bit before adding them to the casserole. Adding the cream of celery soup to the casserole adds an element of scrumptious flavor making it all come together in one delicious dish.
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Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast




Lasagna Sandwich

Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast

As a kid, I was never really a huge fan of lasagna. My mom used to hide onions in it and then swear up and down she didn’t put any in. Yeah, okay mom (insert eye rolling emoji). I remember folding my garlic bread in half and stuffing it with lasagna or spaghetti to mask the taste of the onions. ¬†But as I got older I learned that if I made Lasagna my way, extra mozzarella, hold the onions, ¬†I actually loved it! And let’s not forget a nice thick slice of garlic bread or Texas toast to slop up the extra sauce. For me, this is actually the best part of the meal!

(*I know that half a pound of¬†ground beef does not seem like a lot of meat but trust me it’s PLENTY. There will be enough to make 4 sandwiches, I promise ūüėČ )

Lasagna sandwich 3

After pondering this for awhile I thought to myself why wait until the end of my meal to fully enjoy it? Why not enjoy every bite? So I decided to stuff loads of lasagna meat sauce and extra mozzarella between two slices of Texas toast. It was AMAZING! And probably one of the quickest warm meals I have made in awhile. Every bite¬†left me totally satisfied and wanting more. I had to stop myself from eating another sandwich… it was so tempting. If you decide to eat two there will be no judgment coming from me, I totally get it.




Lasagna sandwich 4

Side Note:¬†When making these sandwiches it is very important you do not overcook the texas toast. If you do, you’re sandwich’s will be very hard to eat. Since the texas toast will get wrapped in foil and go back in the oven I use the lesser cooking time of the Texas Toast package.





Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake




Potatoes and peas main

Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!

Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.





Meals that are ready in 20 Minutes or Less

20M Final

Meals that are Ready and on the Dinner Table in 20 Minutes or Less

Whether you are a busy mom, or just live a busy lifestyle, you will appreciate this round up of Meals that are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less. There is a quick meal to fit just about any diet in this roundup. It is always a good idea to keep the pantry stocked with ingredients to make a few of these quick meals for the “just in case” moments during the week. I hope you will give some of these meals a try, and if you do, I would love to hear what you thought of them. =)

20M F1

1.) Tuna Burgers with Roasted Pepper tartar Sauce РLiving Sweet Moments

2.) Turkey Brie Quesadillas with Pears РLiving Sweet Moments

3.) Cacio E Pepe Pasta Р Living Sweet Moments

4.) Popcorn Chicken Nuggets Р Kenarry

5.)¬†Reuben Wraps – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats


20M F2

6.) Mini Tuna Melt Sliders – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

7.) Super Easy Dorito Nachos – Couponing foQuick Beef Stewr 4

8.) Easy Egg Drop Soup – Couponing for 4

9.) Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos – Mama likes to Cook

10.) Easy Vegetarian Sopes – Mama Likes to Cook

20M F3

11.) 10 minute Tilapia Tostada РMom Fabulous

12.) Sriracha Almond Crusted Salmon – Peas & Crayons

13.) Cowboy Food – Become a Coupon Queen

14.) 5 minute Frito Pie – Nerdy Mamma

15.) Quick Beef Stew  РNerdy Mamma

20M F4

16.) Ham and Cheese Melt with Honey pesto Sauce – Happy Deal Happy Day

17.) English Muffin Pizza – Happy Meal Happy Deal

18.) Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Cups – Mom on the inside

19.) Creamy Dijon Tarragon Chicken – A Lady in France

20.) Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta РBurlap Kitchen

Taco Chili

taco chili


Ingredients:

1 (64 oz) bottle of v8 juice

1 pound ground beef

1 packet taco seasoning ( I use mild)

1 (15.5 oz) can light kidney beans

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans

1 (15.5 oz) can corn

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 table spoon peanut butter – optional ( I know what you are thinking, peanut butter??!! Yes, peanut butter! My mom has always made her chili this way, and now, that’s how I do it too. The peanut butter just helps to thicken the chili . It also leaves this little hint of flavor that your guests can’t quit figure out, but makes them say, yum! )

Toppings- Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, chives.

Directions-

Brown beef in a medium/large dutch oven over medium high heat. I like to season my beef with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder as it is cooking. Once the beef is browned, throw kidney beans, black beans, and corn in with the beef and cook for a few minutes until the beans and corn soften a little ( about 3-5 minutes). Turn heat down to medium/low and add v8 juice, taco seasoning, tomato paste and peanut butter, stir together. If the peanut butter scares you, just add a little more tomato paste to help thicken the chili, about 1/2 a tablespoon or so. Turn heat back up to medium high and bring chili to a boil, once chili starts to boil set heat on medium and let chili simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili has thickened and beans are soft, stirring occasionally. Serve in a bowl and load it up with cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips and chives! yum!

Buffalo Egg Salad

 

Buffalo Egg Salad

A while back my good friend Prudy, from Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs, posted a recipe for buffalo deviled eggs. After looking at her recipe, I am now a firm believer in LOVE at first sight. These deviled eggs look DIVINE; I can’t wait to try them! ¬†If you have yet to visit her blog, it is a must. She has so many amazing recipes that are sure to make you drool. (she is currently having technical difficulties with her site, but I will be sure to link the recipe as soon as she has it up and running)

 

Now let’s talk about my recipe, shall we?

I knew I wanted to make Prudy’s Buffalo deviled eggs, but I was having a lazy day. I didn’t feel like halving the eggs and scooping out the middles. Then, ¬†if I made it that far, ¬†I would have to whip out the old pastry bag to fill them up so they looked pretty. So I decided to recreate her recipe by turning it into an egg salad. Quick, easy, and delicious.

Also, if you are trying to go low-carb, but the family is not quite on board, then this is the perfect meal to make. You can roll yours in a lettuce leaf while still serving theirs on a biscuit. That’s what I call a win, win!

I hope you enjoy my¬†version of Prudy’s Buffalo Deviled eggs. P.S. I’ll be trying her recipe soon, and very soon!

Buffalo Egg Salad 

Ingredients: 

6-7 Hard boiled eggs (shell off and rinsed)

1/2 pound of bacon ( fried and crumbled)

1/4 Cup Mayo

2- 3 Tbsp. Buffalo Sauce (depending how hot you like it)

1/2 stalk of celery (diced)

Blue Cheese (optional, I used goat cheese because, I do not care for blue cheese)

Salt and Pepper to taste ( hold on the salt until you put the bacon in, as the bacon will add salt.)

Biscuits and/or Lettuce leaves to serve the egg salad on.

 

Directions: 

Finely dice hard boiled eggs and toss into a small bowl. Add mayo, buffalo sauce, celery, most of the bacon ( If you want you can add all of the bacon. I like to save some for the top of my sandwich.), salt & pepper. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Scoop on  biscuits or in a lettuce leaf and sprinkle with some blue cheese, or in my case goat cheese.

Buffalo Egg Salad 2

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