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!!

 

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Ham & Noodle Casserole

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Sadly Christmas is over. We prepare for a month or more for this holiday, and in the blink of an eye it’s over. We had a great Christmas spending time with our families. It was so nice seeing everyone. Today I thought I would share this family favorite recipe that would be great for using any leftover ham that you may have from all the Christmas festivities. This is a simple recipe to put together for a family dinner.

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The casserole is a quick and easy recipe, perfect for a weeknight dinner. Start by boiling some water, and cooking egg noodles according to the package direction. Meanwhile, dice some ham and put in a large mixing bowl. Add some sour cream, a can of cream of mushroom soup, some spicy brown mustard, and a little pepper, and stir together. I don’t add any salt, since the ham is already pretty salty. Once the noodles are done cooking, drain and add to ham and soup mixture, stir to combine. Pour the casserole into a baking pan and bake in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. When there is about 8-6 minutes left, take casserole out and sprinkle with french fried onions, like you would put on green bean casserole. Continue baking the casserole for remaining time, until casserole is bubbly and the onions are crispy. Enjoy!

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Ham & Noodle Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 package egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups ham, diced
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 tsp. spicy brown mustard
  • French Fried Onions

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Dice ham and put in a large mixing bowl. Add soup, sour cream and mustard, stir to combine. Add pepper to taste. When noodles are done, drain and pour into mixing bowl. Stir into the ham mixture. Pour casserole in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Take casserole out of oven and sprinkle with french fried onions. Put casserole back in oven and continue baking for 6-8 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and onions are crispy.

Ham & Cheese Buns

Last night, I made these Hot Ham and Cheese Buns. These sandwiches remind me of my childhood. My mom would make these when I was younger. So now every once in a while I like to make these for a nice comfort meal. The sandwiches are good for a night when you are in a hurry and don’t have much time. The filling can be made a head of time and stored in the fridge for a few days.

 

Now when I went to make these last night, I got out the buns and found this:

 

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Seems like a little fur ball decided to get on the counter and stepped right onto the buns. Just another of the crazy things he will do. Oscar has a mind of his own, he loves sitting in the window sill watching all the little creatures outside, and sitting on the counter, listening to the dishwasher run, and he hates the noise when we put silverware away after its been washed. Oscar is fascinated by water but is like most cats and doesn’t like it on him, he just like watching it. At random times throughout the day he even likes to just start sprinting all over the house. He is quite entertaining. So needless to say, I wasn’t too surprised when I saw the little paw print in the buns. It’s just another day in the life of Oscar.

 

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So back to the sandwiches… These are great for a fall Sunday lunch, sitting around the TV watching football, or on a lazy weeknight when you just don’t feel like making dinner. You can just pop on of these in oven and you have a great sandwich. Pair with some roasted vegetables and it’s an awesome meal!

 

Enjoy!

 

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Hot Ham & Cheese Buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chipped ham
  • ½ lb. Velveeta cheese
  • ½ c. celery
  • ¼ c. onion
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • 1/8 c. white vinegar
  • 1/8 c. sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • Hot dog buns
  • Aluminum Foil

 Directions:

Start by roughly chopping the onion and celery, throw into a food processor. Next cut ham and Velveeta cheese in to smaller pieces and put in food processor with celery and onion. Put lid on, and pulse a few times until everything is cut into small pieces and mixed together. Try not to pulse too many times or the ham will be in very small pieces. Then mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and pepper to make dressing. The add ham mixture to dressing and stir until combined. Fill the hot dogs buns with a couple spoonfuls of the ham mixture and wrap them in aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 250 degrees until warmed through and bun toasty, about 20 minutes.

 

Enjoy!