Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

When we first got married I had NO idea how to cook, I grew up on hamburger helper and mac and cheese. My husband was always asking if I could make a casserole. I don't know why, but it took me years to learn how. I never seemed to be able to find recipes. Anyway, now casseroles are about my favorite thing to make, and this one is SO YUMMY!

Cooked Rice (2 1/2 cups water to 1 cup rice)
3 cups broccoli, chopped and cooked
3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. curry powder
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Layer bottom of greased 9X13 dish with rice, broccoli and chicken. Mix soup, mayo, lemon juice and curry powder. Layer mixture on top of chicken. Top with cheese. Mix bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350* for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

Grilled Steak with Jicama Corn Slaw

One of the fun things about Bountiful Baskets is getting to experiment with produce I might never have bought at the store. This was really fresh tasting and flavorful.


1 pound beef sirloin steak, 1 inch thick

2 tablespoons southwest seasoning


1 orange, zested and juiced

2 limes, zested and juiced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, snipped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 teaspoon chipolte powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


1 medium jicama, peeled and cut into julienne strips

1 can corn, drained, or 2 ears kernels

1 medium carrot, peeled and julienned

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

For steak rub southwest seasoning, heat grill pan over medium heat 5 minutes, cook steak 6-8 minutes turning once for medium. For dressing combine zest, juice, cilantro, oil, garlic, chipolte, and salt in a small bowl. For slaw combine jicama, corn, carrots, bell pepper and half of the dressing. To serve, thinly slice steak and serve over slaw. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Potato Corn Chowder and Salad

Today when I cut into my lettuce it was all yucky on the inside, bummer! So I did a Tomato/Cucumber/Mozzarella salad topped only with Salt and Pepper. It was delicious! It has been rainy, rainy, and more rainy, so it was perfect weather for a fast, easy and yummy soup. BTW, I used my VEGGIE WEDGER to slice the tomatoes and cucumbers, I simply placed the whole tomatoes in the wedger, cut one time through, then cut the wedges in half. For the cucumbers I peeled them and sliced them with the wedger then quickly chopped the long wedges into small pieces.

3 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2 in cubes

1 cup cooked ham, diced (I usually just use deli meat because I always have it on hand, but a ham steak would be delish!)

1 small red bell pepper, diced

2-3 stalks celery, chopped

1 teaspoon butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 can chicken broth

1 can evaporated milk

1 can creamed corn

2 tablespoons sliced chives

salt and pepper to taste

bacon bits or cooked crumbled bacon (optional

Heat butter in 3 qt. saucepan over medium heat, add bell pepper and celery. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in flour and heat until bubbly. Gradually add broth, evaporated milk and corn whisking to incorporate. Add potatoes, seasonwith salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook uncovered 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in ham heat through. Remove from heat, stir in chives. Serve with bacon if desired.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Winner is "k"!

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I couldn't figure out how to make it show the cool little box from, so I copied and pasted the result. Our winner is comment #1-k. To claim your prize e-mail me at Congratulations! Here is a picture of me on the beach at Cabo San Lucas.

I had one of my back-ups order me a basket so I would be ready to get back to cooking! Just for fun, here is the link to a Jicama Salad Recipe that looks DELICIOUS! It also tells a little bit about Jicama. Also, I have used sunchoke in place of jicama in many recipes so if you click on the sunchoke label to the side you can use any of those recipes for your jicama! I have on the menu for this week:

Easy Corn Chowder and Salad-Red Potatoes

Chicken Divan-Broccoli

Steak and Corn Slaw-Jicama

Paprika Chicken and Egg Noodles-Green Beans

Believe it or not, Friday I leave AGAIN for another 9 day trip! This time we are taking the whole family to Albuqurque because my hubby has to go for work...FREE FAMILY VACATION! Well almost anyway. If anyone has any great suggestions for activities for us while we are there please share!