Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

Chicken and Rice Casserole

December 3, 2009

Casseroles are wonderful things, one-pot-wonders which can feed an army of hungry stomachs a complete meal out of one pot.  While there are as many variations of the Chicken Casserole as there are American women cooking them, this one has become my all-time favorite…it’s simplicity is simply unmatched!

This is my old, faithful standby!  Anytime we’ve had one of “those” days and the last think I want to do is think about dinner, let alone have to wash up the kitchen afterwards, this is where I turn.

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Prep Time:  10 min / Cook Time:  50 min

(original recipe came from but I found it to be too bland; I’ve added spices, veggies, and doubled the rice and liquid)

Easiest Ever Chicken and Rice Casserole

  1. In the bottom of a 9×13 glass baking dish mix 2 cans cream of anything soup (mushroom or celery work best) and 2.5 cups water
  2. Stir in 1.5 cups uncooked regular rice (not instant), 1 small bag of frozen mixed veggies (I prefer to use half the bag and then add in a can of sweet corn), 3/4 tsp salt, and pepper, dried onion, celery salt, garlic powder to taste.
  3. Top with 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (I recomend sprinkling chicken with seasoning first else it will be pretty bland…chicken seasoning, salad dressing, or your favorite spice blend)
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through. 
  5. Uncover and sprinkle liberally with grated cheese (cheddar or colby-jack work well); return to hot oven and bake uncovered for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

November 18, 2009

We had our first real cold-font sweep in yesterday, the perfect excuse to finally make that Cheesy Vegetable & Chicken Noodle Soup I’ve been meaning to cook up for the past week.  I made the soup earlier in the afternoon so it would be ready whenever we decided we were hungry for dinner…only I completely forgot to start the bread machine, and realised as I was setting the table I didn’t have anything to go with the soup.  Ack!

Pioneer Biscuit Mix to the rescue!  These delicious and hearty dinner biscuits are a quick and easy compliment to soup or salad.  They whip up in minutes and presto…fresh bread with dinner.

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits (these are similar to the ones from Red Lobster)

Prep time: 5 min / Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

  1. In a large bowl mix 3 cups biscuit mix, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2  cup water, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp oregano
  2. Stir just until dough forms
  3. Drop large spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet or in a 9×13 baking dish, leaving a few inches between; brush with melted butter.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes (or until golden)

Tip:  instead of pepper and oregano, try seasoning with rosemary or dill (in addition to the cheese)