This recipe was super simple, but I might add more pumpkin and delete the whipped topping. This may not exactly fall into the healthy category, but it's the holidays, right?
I also made a staple from my regular recipes. I need to credit a former co-worker, Liz, who brought this in for a work potluck and ended up having to give each of us her recipe since we all begged for it. The pictures are super crappy, but trust me that this one is a winner. Most of this one also went into the freezer since I was making so many dishes at one time. I love having meals already made that I can simply defrost and warm up when I need it. And this might not have had cream cheese in it, but it had cream of mushroom soup and cheese. Creamy.
Liz's Chicken Strata
1 1/2 cups seasoned croutons
2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1/2 cup shredded American or cheddar cheese
2 slightly beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can cream of mushroom
- Place 1/2 of the seasoned croutons in the bottom of a 8x8x2 baking dish.
- Combine chicken, vegetables, mayo, and seasonings and spoon over croutons.
- Sprinkle remaining 1/2 of croutons over chicken.
- Combine eggs and milk and pour over all.
- Chill one hour or overnight.
- Spoon mushroom soup over top, and sprinkle with a few croutons.
- Bake in a slow oven (325 degrees) for 50 minutes until set.
- Sprinkle cheese on top for the last few minutes of cooking.
I made a few alterations to the above recipe as onions are not my friend. In place of them I added more celery and also added a bunch of fresh mushrooms. Really, you can alter the veggies to your liking and it will come out delish.
Next was a new stuffed mushroom recipe... that included, you guessed it... cream cheese. My husband cringed when he saw me make these as he had already had enough of the cream cheese, but he gobbled these right up. In fact, he made a comment that went something like "if I hadn't already married you these would have convinced me to do so".
And finally Corn Pudding. My husband LOVES cornbread so I thought he might enjoy this recipe. Kinda wish I made chili to go with this, but it was certainly tasty on it's own.
Overall, all the recipes were a hit and will likely be made again... but on different weeks, for sure.
Next week? Fish and veggies sound perfect.