Chicken Divan

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Another week has begun, and I’ve got a great casserole for you! This is chicken divan. It is probably my brother’s favorite meal. He came to visit a while ago and I made this for him, since I knew that he liked so well. He ate almost the entire pan. The only part he didn’t eat was what I ate. It was unreal. Granted he runs and cycles all day long, so he can afford to eat like that sometimes, but I was just blown away. So needless to say this is a very good meal.

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To make chicken divan, start by cutting some broccoli, and steaming it just until tender, you don’t want to get it too soft, as it will continue to cook once it’s in the casserole. Steaming for 3-5 minutes will be good, depending on how big you cut your broccoli. Then shred some cooked chicken and dice some ham and put in the bottom of baking pan. Add your broccoli on top of the chicken and ham.

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In a small bowl mix together a can of cream of chicken soup, some mayonnaise and some pepper and a pinch or oregano. If you want to make the meal a little healthier, you can substitute the mayonnaise for some plain yogurt. That’s what I did this time, and I couldn’t tell the difference. It was very tasty! Once the soup mixture is combined pour over the chicken and broccoli, so its resting on top. If you want to stir it all together you can, but I always just keep it on top. Then sprinkle with some cheddar cheese, and with some crushed Ritz (or other buttery) crackers. They don’t have to be fine crumbs, just break them up like you are putting them in soup. Drizzle a tablespoon of melted on top of the crackers, and then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!!

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Chicken Divan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup Ham, diced
  • 2 cups fresh Broccoli, chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, or Plain Yogurt
  • Dash of Oregano
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. Butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam the chopped broccoli for 3-5 minutes, just until tender. In a 9×13 baking pan, put in the shredded chicken and diced ham. Top with the steamed broccoli. In a mixing bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise (or yogurt), and oregano and pepper. Pour that over the chicken, ham, and broccoli, and spread it so it covers the entire pan. Sprinkle casserole with shredded cheddar cheese, and then with the crackers. Drizzle the melted butter over top. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the casserole is bubbly. Enjoy!!

 

Crock Pot Pizza

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TGIF!! This has been a long week! And sometimes I just don’t feel like coming home and making dinner. So last night, we had crock pot pizza. My mom would make this when my brother and I started to get older and or schedules started getting crazy with sports and other things. Its great for a nice, easy comfort meal, that’s ready for you when you walk in the door.

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I made this the night before, and had my husband put it in the crock-pot when he got home from school. Unfortunately this can’t be in the crock-pot for a long period of time or the pasta with become mush. But 4 hours on low will do the trick.

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To make the crock-pot pizza, start by browning some ground beef. Once it is brown, add some diced onion, mushrooms, and green pepper, sauteing until tender. If there are any other pizza toppings you like add those too. Once the veggies are tender, drain the mixture, and add it back to the pan. Meanwhile, cook some pasta, until al dente, you don’t need to cook it all the way because it will get softer in the crock-pot when it soaks up some of the sauce. Add some pepperoni and 2 jars of pizza sauce to the beef mixture. Stir to combine. When pasta is done, add to the beef mixture. Put in crock-pot over low heat for 3-4 hours. About 15 minutes until you’re ready to eat, add cheese and cover to let it melt. Enjoy!!

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Crock Pot Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 6 oz, mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 oz. pepperoni
  • 2 cups rotini pasta
  • 2 jars pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Once brown, add onion, green bell pepper, and mushrooms. Saute until tender. Drain mixture and return to skillet. Add pepperoni and pizza sauce. Meanwhile cook pasta until al dente. Stir into beef and pepperoni mixture. Put in crock-pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours. During the last 15 minutes sprinkle cheese on top, cover to let it melt. Enjoy!