Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

If you are anything like me you are always on the lookout for shortcuts in the kitchen.  In college, I used to religiously watch Sandra Lee on the Food Network show “Semi-Homemade.”  I loved that show!  Did anyone else watch that?  Her recipes seemed doable for the novice cook I was in my college days.  Frankly, I’m still not a pro, though I do know my away around the kitchen much more so than I did back then.  What I loved about Sandra’s cooking was that she uses some tips and tricks to make her recipes faster and with fewer ingredients.  Ain’t nobody got time to make everything from scratch.  Well, sometimes I do, but not on a school night.  “From scratch” recipes are for weekends.

Speaking of school nights, my kids started back to school recently.  Aren’t they cute?  I just love first day of school pictures!

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Coincidentally, I also started working full time at a new job the same week.  I haven’t worked full time in 10 years so this is going to be a big adjustment for our family.  One such adjustment is going to be with my meal-prep and weekday supper planning.

This is one of the recipes I have adapted to be semi-homemade.  Plus, it can be pre-prepped and thrown in the oven in minutes.  That’s my kind of week day supper!  Pop it in the oven and help the kids with homework while it cooks.  Meals like this are a life saver, I tell ya.  In the words of Sandra Lee, “Keep it simple, keep it smart, keep it semi-homemade.”   Couldn’t have said it better myself.  ~Erin

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole from Four Sisters Dish

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
    Ingredients
  • ~5-6 cups (about 6 breasts) cooked and chopped boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I boiled them.)
  • ~2 cups (12 oz.) smoked or baked ham, chopped
  • ~1 (15 oz.) jar Classico Light Alfredo
  • ~3 T. Dijon mustard
  • ~12 slices (about 4.25 oz) Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss cheese
  • ~2 c. Progresso Garlic & Herb breadcrumbs, divided
  • ~1/3 c. shredded (not grated) parmesan cheese
  • ~½ tsp. garlic salt
  • ~2 T. Land o’ Lakes Light butter, melted
  • ~Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a 9”x13” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the chopped cooked chicken and ham with the alfredo sauce and mustard; stir well.
  4. Pour half the mixture into the casserole dish; spread into an even layer.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the garlic salt and melted butter; continue to work the butter into the crumbs until it resembles wet sand.
  6. Sprinkle a ½ cup of the breadcrumb mixture over the chicken/ham mixture.
  7. Top with the remaining chicken/ham mixture, a single layer of Swiss cheese slices, and the rest of the breadcrumbs.
  8. Spray the top of the breadcrumbs lightly with cooking spray to ensure even browning.
  9. Bake until bubbly and hot, about 40-45 minutes.

Weight Watchers Info.: This recipe makes 8 servings. Each serving is 9 SmartPoints on Freestyle.

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Poppy Seed Chicken – Lightened Up

This casserole is great when you don’t have a lot of time to prep a meal.  I made this over the weekend and spent very little time in the kitchen.  I mean, I’d rather be in the kitchen than doing what I was doing, which was dusting the wooden blinds.  (Fun! – not)  How those things gather so much dust so fast is beyond me.  Anywho, I was able to boil my chicken while I dusted away.  After shredding the chicken and quickly mixing up the other ingredients, it was back in the oven while I dusted some more.  Easy for busy days.

This casserole is good comfort food for post-dusting tiredness.  Buttery Ritz topping?  Sign me up!  That’s the best part so don’t skimp on it.  My husband likes it over rice but, in my opinion, that detracts from the flavor so try it on its own first.  Pair it with some roasted veggies or a salad and BAM, you’ve got a good meal on the table.  ~Erin

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Poppy Seed Chicken – Lightened Up
    Ingredients
  • ~ 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ~ 2 cans (10.5 oz each) Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ~ 1 ½ c. plain, fat free yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • ~ 1 tsp. salt
  • ~ ½ tsp. pepper
  • ~ 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ~ 2 T. poppy seeds
  • ~ 50 Ritz Crackers
  • ~ 4 T. light butter, melted (I use Land O’ Lakes Light.)
  • ~ Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Boil or bake the chicken until cooked through; shred or chop and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. In a medium size bowl, mix together cream of chicken soup, yogurt, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, and poppy seeds. Add chicken & stir until well combined.
  4. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread chicken/soup mixture evenly in the pan.
  5. In a small bowl or a gallon zip lock baggie, crush the Ritz crackers and mix with the melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle the buttered cracker crumbs evenly over the top of the chicken & soup mixture.
  7. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until hot & bubbly and the crackers are golden brown.

Weight Watchers Info.: This makes 6 servings. Each serving is 8 SmartPoints on Freestyle.

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Mexican Chicken Lasagna

Sometimes a change from the classics is a good thing.  Variety is the spice of life, right?  I LOVE a good, classic, tomato-y lasagna!  Well this is an upgraded, creamy, flavorful chicken version of lasagna.  Low-cal it is not, but it is comfort food at its finest.  I used rotisserie chicken, so this goes together in a flash.  Everyone at the table will be asking for seconds of this one!   ~Kathy

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Preheat oven to 375˚.

In a bowl, season shredded chicken with cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir in onion, green chilies, salsa verde and ¾ c. pepper jack cheese.  Combine well.

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In the bottom of a baking dish, spread a small amount of the chicken mixture.

Top with layer of lasagna noodles which have been pre-moistened with water (I just run them under a slightly running faucet).  Spread with another layer of the chicken mixture.  Spoon or pour Crema Mexicana over the entire layer, paying close attention not to skimp around the edges.  Drizzle about 1 ½ T. of chicken broth on each layer.  Top with a layer of shredded Mozzarella and pepper jack.

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Continue building casserole alternating between layers of dampened noodles, green chili-chicken mixture, Crema Mexicana, chicken broth and shredded cheeses.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue baking another 5-10 minutes until cheese on top has melted and the entire casserole is bubbling and hot.  Allow the casserole to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

 

Mexican Chicken Lasagna
    Ingredients
  • 3 c. cooked, shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 ½ c. shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (15 oz.) container Cacique Crema Mexicana (table cream)
  • 2 (7 oz.) cans fire roasted diced green chilies
  • 1 c. green taco sauce (or salsa verde)
  • 1/3 c. finely diced onion
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ c. chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 to 16 no-boil lasagna noodles (also called oven ready)
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚.
  2. In a bowl, season shredded chicken with cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in onion, green chilies, salsa verde and ¾ c. pepper jack cheese. Combine well.
  3. In the bottom of a baking dish, spread a small amount of the chicken mixture.
  4. Top with layer of lasagna noodles which have been pre-moistened with water (I just run them under a slightly running faucet).
  5. Spread with another layer of the chicken mixture.
  6. Spoon or pour Crema Mexicana over the entire layer, paying close attention not to skimp around the edges.
  7. Drizzle about 1 ½ T. of chicken broth on each layer.
  8. Top with a layer of shredded Mozzarella and pepper jack.
  9. Continue building casserole alternating between layers of dampened noodles, green chili-chicken mixture, Crema Mexicana, chicken broth and shredded cheeses.
  10. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil and continue baking another 5-10 minutes until cheese on top has melted and the entire casserole is bubbling and hot.
  12. Allow the casserole to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

We were raised Catholic, so growing up in our house meant fish on Fridays during Lent. I can still hear young Tracy groaning, even in my memories. Ha!! She hates all things seafood related. Luckily, I like it. One of my favorite dishes to make on Lenten Fridays is this Tuna Noodle Casserole. It reminds me of a something my mom made when we were kids so, for me, it’s comfort food…creamy and cheesy with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Yum! And honestly, the albacore tuna in this is so mild, I’m confident that even fish-hating folks like Tracy will like it! I’ll serve it to her next time she visits and report back. 😉  ~Erin

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Ingredients:

12 oz. uncooked egg noodles (I use No Yolks brand.)

3 pouches (2.6 oz. each) low sodium, white albacore tuna (I use Starkist brand.)*

2 cans (10 ½ oz. each) condensed 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup

1 can (10 ½ oz.) condensed cream of celery soup

1 c. fat free shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup chopped green onion (OR desired amount of frozen green peas, thawed)

1 c. panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. salt

Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions, drain & set aside.

Spray a 9”x13” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine tuna, soups, cheese, noodles, salt, and green onions; spread mixture evenly in prepared casserole dish.

In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs together with olive oil; sprinkle evenly over tuna/noodle mixture.

I like to lightly spray the top with a bit more cooking spray, just to make sure it browns well, but that step is optional.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until brown and bubbly.

Weight Watchers info:  This makes 8 servings at 8 SmartPoints each on Freestyle.

 

Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

This is the easiest (and tastiest) unstuffed cabbage casserole ever.  Why?  No cabbage chopping/shredding required!  Instead, I take the short-cut of using bagged cole slaw mix to cut down on prep time. Ain’t nobody got time to hand-shred cabbage.  ~Erin

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Ingredients:

2 bags (16 oz. each) tri-color cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage & carrots)

1 ½ T. minced garlic, divided

1 T. olive oil

2 ½ tsp. salt, divided

1 ¼ tsp. black pepper, divided

1 lb. 96% lean ground beef

1 onion, finely diced

1 tsp. thyme

2 tsp. paprika

½ tsp. oregano

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes

2 cups cooked brown rice

3 cups shredded low moisture, part skim mozzarella

Crushed red pepper flakes for serving, optional

Instructions:

Cook brown rice according to package directions; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large, high-sided skillet, saute both bags of cole slaw mix in 1 T. olive oil until it’s wilted to about half its size (about ten minutes), stirring occasionally.  Add 1 ½ tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper in the process of stirring.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, cook the ground beef and onion with 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, and ½ T. minced garlic until browned; then drain beef.  

Add thyme, paprika, and oregano and cook until fragrant (about a minute).  Add canned tomatoes and tomato sauce.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.  

Add 2 cups cooked brown rice and stir to combine.  

Spray a 9×13 in. casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer ingredients starting with half the coleslaw cabbage, then half the meat/tomato/rice mixture, and one cup cheese.  Repeat with the last half of cabbage, then meat/tomato/rice mixture but reserve the 2 cups of remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 or until hot and bubbly. Spread the top evenly with the remaining 2 cups of cheese.  Cook for 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.  Sprinkle each serving with red pepper flakes, if desired.

Weight Watchers Info.:  This makes 8 servings at 7 Freestyle points per serving.

Pimento Chile Chicken

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This Mexican flavored dish is rich and flavorful without being heavy. Mom snagged this recipe from her good friend (and my Godmother) Joyce, and it’s been one of the few things I’ve made regularly since I left for college – so good and so easy! The chiles aren’t too spicy so it can serve a crowd with varied spice tolerances. I like this piled up with pickled jalapeños and my favorite salsa. ~Robin

Ingredients:

2 ½ c. cooked, chopped chicken breast (chopped into about 1/2” cubes

½ c. fat free chicken broth

1 ½ c. 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup (I use Campbell’s)

1 ½ c. Healthy Request Condensed cream of chicken soup

1 4-oz. jar pimentos, drained (1/2 c.)

2 4-oz. cans Hatch green chiles, chopped and drained (You can add a 3rd can if you’re just crazy about chiles like I am.)

10 oz. 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese

6 oz. of Doritos (by weight) toasted corn tortilla chips, slightly crushed

Pickled jalapeños, green onions, and/or cherry tomatoes for serving (optional)

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Instructions:

Mix all ingredients except Doritos and cheese. In a large casserole dish (I use 9” x 13”), layer ½ of chicken mixture, then ½ of cheese, then ½ of the Doritos.  Repeat the same layers once more, ending with Doritos on top.  Bake at 350° for about 40-45 minutes.  Cover top with foil if Doritos begin to brown too much.  Serve with pickled jalapeños and/or your favorite salsa.

Weight Watchers Info.:  6 points per serving in the new Freestyle plan; makes 8 servings.

The Best Mexican Casserole Ever

Do you have foods that immediately take you back to a certain memory in your life? Fried chicken reminds me of my Mammaw, and snickerdoodles remind me of spending the night at my friend Dana’s house. This Mexican casserole takes me back to the Home-Economics room at Chandler High School. During an FHA (our younger readers will know this org. as FCCLA) cooking contest, my friend Sherri made this incredible casserole that was modeled after a recipe of her grandmother’s. Every time I make this version (which is often), it’s 1989 again and we’re back in that classroom learning, laughing, and making sure our 80’s hair didn’t fall!

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I’m still friends with all of those girls, and though we don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like, I’m so thankful for the memories of food, fun, and friendship that have stayed with me aaaaallll these years! ~Tracy

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Ingredients:

1 lb. 95% lean ground beef

½ c. chopped onion

2 c. condensed cream of mushroom soup, unprepared*

½ soup can of water

1 can Ro-tel tomatos with green chilis

1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning

2 c. shredded sharp cheddar or your favorite blend of cheese*

6 to 8 flour tortillas*

Instructions:

In a deep skillet, cook hamburger meat and onion. Add Ro-tel, water, taco seasoning, and soup. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, approximately 10 minutes.

Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with Pam or similar cooking spray. Pour a thin layer of the meat mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish. Lightly sprinkle approximately ½ c. of cheese on top of mixture. Tear tortillas into strips and place on top of cheese. Continue layering the meat, cheese, and tortillas, working to end with sauce and cheese.

Bake at 375°F until bubbly and heated through. Usually around 20 minutes.

Weight Watchers Info.: Makes 8 servings at 5 SmartPoints each.

*WW points were figured using 98% fat free soup, 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, and 6 medium fat free tortillas.

Aunt Annie’s Green Chile Corn Casserole

Ever have a day when all you want to do is hang out with the kids instead of spending time in the kitchen? Well, Robin felt that way daily while she was going to school and working full-time. 🙂 We’re sure many of you can relate to an overly busy schedule at times…Enter Aunt Annie’s green chile corn casserole!

Always one of our favorites, this rich and creamy corn dish with a mild chile flavor can be thrown together very quickly – and even cooked in the microwave if needed on those days when the oven is full.

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Garnish with a pepper if you want to get fancy!

This recipe makes enough for a crowd, so you may want to cut it in half. This is the perfect side dish for busy week nights, but it’s decadent enough to serve on holidays.

Ingredients:

2 4-oz. cans of chopped green chiles, drained (Hatch chiles are best, if available)

4 15-oz. cans of whole kernel corn, drained

2 packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 stick butter, softened

½ c. of milk

Salt to taste

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.*

Soften cream cheese and butter in the microwave (just enough that they’ll mix in well), heating on high for short intervals. Set aside.

Drain chiles and dump into a small separate bowl; remove any stray stems.

Place drained corn into a 3 quart, oven-safe casserole dish. Add drained chiles, cream cheese, butter, and milk. Stir together, then salt to taste (will taste saltier when cooked so be sure to err on the side of caution with salt). Cook until boiling.

Tip: For better presentation, stir well again before serving.

*If cooking in the microwave, loosely cover the dish with a paper towel to prevent splattering or, if using a lid, be sure to tilt the lid to the side to allow space for steam to vent for safety. Cook on high, first for 3 minutes, then in 2 minute intervals, stirring each time.