Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole

You ever feel like you make the same thing over and over again? I feel like with chicken I either make a baked fried chicken or add some sort of sauce to it and serve it with my go to rice.

I don’t often do a whole lot with potatoes. I don’t like mashing them but I will slice them and fry them or dice them up and . That’s pretty much it.

I also like simple one pot, easy clean up meals (even though I put everything in my dishwasher). When I found this recipe on Pinterest I was so excited that I found something easy and something that my kids would love to eat as well.

What You’ll Need:

4 slices Bacon (the original recipe said 1lb but for the dish size that is WAY too much)

1lb Boneless Chicken Breasts

2 tbsp Garlic Powder

1/2 cup Green Onion (I didn’t have any so this was something I omitted)

6 Red Potatoes (I used yellow as that’s what we usually have on hand)

2 tbsp Hot Sauce (I used 1 tbsp since my kids would be eating this and I used Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce)

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tsp Salt

1/3 cup Olive Oil

2 cups Mexican Blend Cheese (I went with Marble as it doesn’t contain anything else “spicy”)

Extras:

Sour Cream or Ranch

 

I diced up my chicken and potatoes tossed put it in my backing dish and tossed with olive oil. Next I added all the spices – garlic powder, hot sauce, pepper, paprika, salt and mixed with all up with the chicken and potatoes. I topped it with the cheese and baked it then at 375F for 55-60 minutes. While that was cooking I fried up the bacon, crumbled it and waited for the casserole to be done before adding it to the top.

Loaded Chicken 1
Ready to be popped into the oven!

For the kids I served it with sour cream on top and for myself I used Ranch! Seriously so good either way! Everyone’s plates were empty!

Loaded Chicken 2
Of course I topped with some more cheese and drizzled with ranch! Delish!
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Easy Sheperd’s Pie

I needed something quick and easy for me to whip up before I head to work so that my husband can just pop it in the oven. Plus, like always, it needs to be something I know my kids will eat. They like meat and they like potatoes so this recipe was a no brainer!

I’ve been trying out the 125 Best Ground Meat recipe book still and I came across this one for Sheperd’s Pie. I just changed up a few things that we personally like but it was a quick and easy way to make this dish.

What You Need:

1 tsp Vegetable Oil

1 Small Onion

2 Cloves of Garlic (I used the pre-minced jar so I did about a tbsp of that)

1/4 Green Bell Pepper (this I omitted as I can not stand green peppers while pregnant)

1lb Ground Beef

Black Pepper to taste

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (we prefer the carrots, corn and green bean mix)

1 1/2 cups Boiling Water (I used the amount of water that the SuperBurger package said)

1 pouch Beef Noodle Soup Mix (I used the SuperBurger mix from Club House – I find it has more flavour)

1 box or bag Instant Mashed Potatoes

Paprika for Garnish (I used smoked paprika)

 

I browned the ground beef with the garlic, onion and the dash of pepper. I added the SuperBurger packet and water to the  beef mixture and stirred. When that was mixed well I added the frozen veggies and simmered.

Shep Pie 1

While the meat and veg were cooking away I made the instant mashed potatoes. I did the microwave directions on the package as it would be done quicker and I was making this meal before I headed to work at 4pm.

Once the meat was done, I added it to the casserole dish, fluffed up the potatoes (I even added some cheese to the potatoes for something extra) and topped the meat with the potatoes.

Shep Pie 2

Shep Pie 3
Cheese just makes everything better. Am I right?!

I sprinkled paprika on top (we had some smoked paprika so I used that).

Shep Pie 4
Smoked paprika gave it some extra flavour. Definitely will be adding smoked paprika from now on.

I set it in the fridge for my husband to put in the oven at 375F for 15-20 minutes once he got home from work.

I got a text from my husband saying “The kids loved the sheperds pie!” – so this recipe is definitely going into my collection!

 

Taco Salad Casserole

This was a fun take on tacos! I find taco night can be super messy with shells broken all over and drops of toppings all over clothes. A casserole was just easy and less mess! They can still pick and choose what they want to top their “taco” and be involved with making their dinner but use a fork to eat it.

I first found the recipe in 125 Best Ground Meat Recipes book at the library and a similar recipe on Pinterest called Dorito Taco Casserole.

Here’s what I used to make this recipe:

1lb Ground Beef or Turkey (we had ground beef on hand today)

1 cup of Onion

1 cup Frozen Corn

1 packet of Taco Seasoning

1/2 cup Water

1/4 cup Sour Cream

1 cup Salsa

1/2 bag of Doritos (whatever flavour you fancy) or Tostitos

1 1/2 cup of Cheese (I used marble but you can use a Mexican Blend)

Toppings: 

Lettuce

Diced Tomatoes

Olives (we prefer green)

More Cheese

More Sour Cream

More Salsa

Hot Sauce

…. Really whatever else you like!

I browned the ground beef in a skillet and pulled out my casserole dish. I used the cooking oil to grease my casserole dish and added crushed chips to the bottom. Once the meat was browned, I added the onion and corn. When the onions were soft I added the taco seasoning and water and mixed well. Lastly, I added the salsa and sour cream to the meat, mixed and was ready to start layering.

Taco Cass 1
The browned meat, onion, corn, taco seasoning, water, sour cream and salsa all mixed together

I took the meat, added it to my crushed chips and topped with cheese. I repeated this once more and popped it in the oven at 350F till the cheese melted (about 10-15 minutes depending on how hot your oven runs).

taco cass 2
Crunched Cool Ranch Doritos
taco cass 3
Chip, meat, cheese layered and finally topped with cheese
taco cass 4
All our toppings ready to go – hot sauce, tomatoes, lettice, sour cream, green olives (my fav and what I’ve been craving) and salsa. You could also add more crunched chips too!
taco cass 5
Dinner is served!

When finished, I dished it out and everyone added what they wanted and my kids approved! This is the biggest thing for me, making something “new” and them not eating it – the worst offender is my 1 year old. He will turn his nose up to even his most favourite meal if not done the “correct” way!

 

 

Welcome!

I’m going to be testing some recipes, on my family, in cookbooks that are on the shelves here in Perth County.

Come back and see what cookbooks are “check out” worthy and what ones just need to be put back on the shelf!