I Made a Casserole Y’all!

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So if you read Monday’s post, you saw that I was planning on making a casserole and watching Beyonce all night on Monday night. Well the recipe I provided you was not very good or healthy looking. So when I went to make it, I made an entirely different kind of casserole. Paula Deen would be devastated at my audacity to call this a casserole, since it doesn’t have any “processed cheese product” , “butter” or “cream” anywhere in it. I swapped in quinoa instead of rice, used greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, you get the idea.

What I did make however, was a really tasty, healthy dish that is going to feed Matt and I for like a week. It is even relatively healthy with the extra protein from the quinoa and the greek yogurt. This would also be great for anyone out there with kids (since I pretty much stick to the pre-k diet, I would know) there are no onions or weird ingredients just good yummy “normal” food. Here is the recipe:

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Chicken, Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth (if its the condensed kind then thats 3/4 cup of broth and 3/4 cup water)
  • 10 oz. can condensed Cream of Broccoli soup
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced fat Cheddar-Jack cheese mix, plus 1/2 cup for topping
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cooked
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken ( I used a whole rotisserie chicken, makes everything easier)
  • parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs, for topping

Combine the quinoa and broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 18-20 minutes, until quinoa is light and fluffy and liquid has been absorbed. Set aside to cool for a bit.
Preheat the oven to 400. Coat a casserole dish with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine the soup, yogurt, milk, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, sugar, and spices. Stir in the cooked quinoa, broccoli, and chicken.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the reserved shredded cheese and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbly. Let cool slightly before serving

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Bad Case of the Mondays…

rainbootsHappy Monday!  Today has already been a really weird day, beginning with a call from one of my girlfriends who is currently on Safari in Tanzania.  It’s not every day that you start with a voicemail saying “I am calling you while in the middle of the Serengeti Desert.  You should answer your phone”  THEN I was in the twilight zone when I got on a bus that was mislabeled as my everyday but that took me on a very strange ride to work.  Not to mention the 5 voicemails and 15 work emails I had to sort through the second I finally got to work today.  So here it is, a case of the Mondays, I know I am not the first person to get this kind of feeling.  However, I have put together 5 things that are helping me through this Monday Madness….

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Let’s start with these rain boots.   I had an amazing pair for the last 5 years until one fateful day, the entire lining ripped from the heel to the top of the boot.  It was time for new ones.  I found these babies at Macy’s.  They were part of the Presidents Day sale so I got a pretty sweet deal…  Either way, these are a good way to turn that frown upside down.

Buy them here for $90: Bootsi Tootsi, Buckle Riding Rain Boots

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Then after work, go home and watch this.  Beyonce’s documentary: Life Is But A Dream.  In case you have been living under a rock, this puppy was finally released out into the world on Saturday night.  It has gotten some serious praise and I think it is going to be interesting to get a glimpse into her life.  She has always been so intensely private and I think this was a brilliant move on her part.

Watch the trailer here: Life Is But A Dream

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After you watch Beyonce, then you can watch tonight’s episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to see all of the drama unfold at Kyle’s annual White Party.  Apparently Taylor gets extremely intoxicated and Adrienne Maloof makes herself look like an even bigger bully.    There really is nothing better than getting snuggled in to watch some trashy TV.

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While watching all of this fun stuff, I am going to have this Broccoli chicken and rice casserole cooking in the oven.  Today is a comfort food kind of day, and since I can’t have pasta, I had to think outside the box.  This recipe from Cooking Light seems to fit the bill.

Get the recipe here: Broccoli and rice casserole

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Finally to wrap things up, I am going to have a glass of wine.  I don’t know if you know this, but today is National Wine Day.  It’s true just Google it!  I got some good advice at a party this weekend.  I met Tanya and Flavio Gentile, the owners of the Printers Row Wine Shop. They were sort of the most fun couple ever, they had supplied all of the alcohol at a fabulous party that my cousin was throwing.  One of the girls asked me if I needed a drink and I said “sure any white wine that is NOT Chardonnay”  Of course she brought me a glass of Chardonnay.  Let me tell you now…. IT. WAS. AMAZING.  Flavio over heard me saying that I hated Chardonnay but loved the one at this party and he told me it was Rombauer Chardonnay.  HE called it “Cougar Juice” and that it is my friends.  It usually retails for about $35 a bottle (which is pretty steep in my book) however, I found it on Amazon for $25.

Get it here: Rombaurer Chardonnay