Monday, December 16, 2013

Archer Eats

I am a very lucky wife.  My husband cooks dinner almost every night. I do clean up which is a nice trade-off, since he is such a great cook and I am such a great cleaner :)  Sometimes I do get a spurt of wanting to do the cooking and Pinterest usually helps.  I have never met a casserole that I didn't love and here are a few new ones we tried out recently.

SkinnyTaste's Cheeseburger Casserole
This chick knows what she's doing.  Healthy, tasty and leftovers are my top 3 requests for dinner :)

- 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
- 2 tsp oil
- 1.5 cups onions, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 28 oz diced tomatoes (don't drain)
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 cups reduced fat grated cheddar cheese (I did 1 cup cheddar, 1 cup colby jack)
- 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9/x13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package and drain well.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Stir in beef and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper.  Stir in tomato paste, then add diced tomatoes and mustard.  Let the mixture bubble gently until it is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Toss the meat mixture with pasta and spread in baking dish.  Top with cheeses and bake for about 15 minutes.  Add pickles to top and serve.

This is easy and delish and check out her website for details on calories and ways to make it even healthier! Thank you Skinnytaste!

Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole

This one screams comfort and add some nice soft white rice in a bowl and we are done.
Boil and shred 3 chicken breasts and place in casserole dish
Thaw 1 bag of frozen broccoli and chop fairly fine,add over chicken in dish, salt and pepper to taste.
In separate bowl, mix 2 cans (I only used one) of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of mayo and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese & 1 cup colby jack cheese all together.
Take soup/cheese and mix in with broccoli & chicken. You want to make sure the sauce and chicken/broccoli and evenly covered.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Add rice to the side or cover the rice with the casserole.  DELISH!

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