Chicken Divan

Great for a potluck or family dinner! You can also assemble and freeze so you have it available for a quick week night meal.

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What You Need:

I package (16oz) frozen broccoli florets

1 cup mayonnaise

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 whole cooked chicken (deboned & shredded) or 3 cooked chicken breasts (shredded)

3t lemon juice

1/4-1/2t curry powder (to taste)

2 cups shredded cheddar

1 cup breadcrumbs

How To:

Thaw broccoli and drain as much of the liquid as possible. You want it to be pretty dry. Place in a 9×13 baking dish. Layer with chicken. Combine the mayo, soup, lemon juice and curry powder and spread over the chicken layer. Mix the cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle over the whole casserole. Bake at 350 uncovered for 40 minutes. Serve over rice with a green salad. Enjoy!

Chicken Taco Soup

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This is a family favorite and so easy and versatile. You can tweak the recipe to accommodate what you have on hand in the pantry. It freezes great too! Here is the base.

What you need:

4-5 cups cooked chicken

1 -16oz can black beans or kidney beans

2 -10oz cans chopped tomatoes with green chilies

2 cups frozen corn

1 1/2 T cumin

1 1/2 T coriander

2T chili powder

ground red pepper (optional to taste)

salt & pepper to taste

6 cups chicken stock

2T vegetable oil

masa or corn flour mixed with water to make a smooth paste

How To:

Pour the oil into a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the chicken and spices. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes until the spices are fragrant. Add the beans, tomatoes, corn and stock. Stir until it comes to a gentle boil. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Combine the masa or corn flour and water until it is a smooth paste. Stir into the soup stirring until the broth thickens a little. Ladle into bowls, and top with your choice of garnish. E.g. sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado or guacamole and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping!

Quick and Easy Stromboli

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If your family is anything like mine then pizza night is a weekly occurrence! If you are pinching pennies or want something a little different, this is a great option! It’s a fun activity for you to do as a family, the kids love adding their own fillings.

Ingredients:

pizza dough
(I get mine from the grocery store deli. One ball make one large Stromboli or two individual size)
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings of your choice (if doing veggies cook them up to release some of the liquid before stuffing your dough)
How To:
Roll dough out relatively thin. Spread a very thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough (I make my own, but store bought works good too) sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the dough leaving about a 1/4″ around the edges. Layer your pepperoni or whatever else you like for toppings (I find simple is best) Carefully roll it up from the long end. Tuck the ends under and pinch the seam that runs down the middle. Cut small air holes about 2″ apart along the top. Brush with olive oil sprinkle with a LITTLE garlic salt (optional). Put on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for approx 20mins until the Stromboli is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling out!! Let it sit for about 5 minutes before cutting it.
ENJOY!