Sunday, November 18, 2012

Show Us Your Life - Main Dishes

This week over at Kelly's Korner it is all about main dishes.  We eat mainly casseroles mainly because my husband has a long list of things he doesn' like and casseroles are just easier.  I have several to share with you this week.  I get stuck in a rut so it is good for me to have to search for main dish recipes.

This casserole is what is most requested by my husband.  I like it but he loves it.

Swiss and Chicken Casserole
What You Need

4 cups chopped cooked chicken (I use canned chicken sauteed with onions and mushrooms)
2 cups Croutons
1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Swiss Cheese
2/3 cup MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
1/2 cup Milk
4 stalks Celery, sliced (I omit because neither Mr. Giggles or I can stand it!)
1/4 cup chopped onions

Make It
HEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE ingredients - I save some of the cheese and put it on top
SPOON into 2-qt. casserole.
BAKE 40 min. or until heated through.

Very easy to make and tasty.

This is a recipe I got from my sister who makes it for her family and they really like it (and several members of her family are very picky).  I have made it before but used chicken instead of ham (hubby doesn't like ham).

Hurry-up Ham-N-Noodles

*5 to 6 cups uncooked wide egg noodles (I used 6 cups and it was too much noodle and I think any kind of noodle would work good (I do not like the taste of egg noodles so I will try something different next time I make it) I think penne would work well.)
*1/4 cup butter, cubed
*1 cup heavy whipping cream
*1-1/2 cups julienned fully cooked ham (I used can chicken that I sauteed with mushrooms and seasoned with seasoning salt, black pepper, chili powder and garlic)
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
*1/4 teaspoon salt (I never add salt to anything because I use seasoning salt)
*1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:  Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Gradually whisk in cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer or until thickened.Add the ham, cheese, onions, salt and pepper; cook, uncovered, until heated through. Drain noodles; add to ham mixture. Toss to coat; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.

I have also made just the "sauce" for this recipe and made alfredo pizza (the sauce tastes like alfredo).  It tastes like the chicken alfredo pizza from Olive Garden.

This is a recipe that I came up with after eating a dish our brother-in-law makes.  It is really good but I can't afford nor do I like all of the ingredients that the original recipe calls for so this is "our" version.  It is still very good.

Giggles Shrimp

1- package cooked shrimp (40-60 pieces) take off tails
1- 5 oz package of Italian seasoned croutons
1- jar spaghetti sauce1 jar mushrooms
1 package of Italian mix cheese
Old Bay seasoning to taste
Garlic powder to taste

Put shrimp, mushrooms and seasoning in a pan and warm through, add spaghetti sauce. Once warm, add bag of croutons and ¾ bag of cheese and mix well. Put in casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Cook at 350 degrees until warmed through and cheese is melted.

I haven't actually made this recipe but I have eaten it and it was very good.

Jessica Simpson's Chicken and Dumplings

6 servings

3 tubes croissant rolls
1 small rotisserie chicken, skin discarded and meat removed from bones
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chicken broth
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400º. Roll out the cans of croissant sheets and separate into diamond shaped sections. Place a small handful of rotisserie chicken on each diamond, fold dough over and press ends together to create dumplings. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with one layer of dumplings. Combine soups and chicken broth; pour over dumplings. Season with salt and pepper and bake until the dumplings are tender and cooked through and the top is brown and bubbly - about 30 minutes. (I laid foil across my pan about halfway though, because the dumplings were browning too quickly.)   I hope at least one of these recipes can help you get out of your cooking rut!

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