A few weeks ago I had a guest post from one of my best friends Lynnie with the Creamy Chicken Ranch recipe, well her twin Heather was feeling a little left out and she wanted to share a recipe she recently tried with you all. This one was a nice quick meal that is perfect for the busy Moms out there or just those wanting a quick meal to add to your rotation. For the vegetarians out there feel free to omit the chicken. Be sure and show her some love in the comments.
I found a new website for recipes and meal planning. It is called KitchMe and creating a login was easy. It asked a few simple questions and provided the opportunity for me to filter recipes by a number of diets (low calorie, gluten free, low fat, etc.). It will ask for your location and then list supermarkets and grocery stores near you. After choosing your top three, it links coupons (the site is sponsored by coupons.com) to your recipes and shopping list. When you print out your shopping list, you get the option of printing out the coupons related to items you will need to purchase for the recipes. I also really like the weekly calendar at the top where you can drag recipes to plan out your week.
As a busy Mom, this is super helpful! The site isn’t perfect and seems to need some updating, but so far the glitches haven’t made me lose interest! So, as I chose a low fat filter, I got this chicken and cheese weight watchers recipe. It takes about an hour to prep and cook, but is SUPER easy. As a Mom to a 4 year old who only wants mac and cheese, I’m always looking for ways to add something more to her favorite meal and keep it within my diet plans. I added 2 TBSP of Tastefully Simple’s garlic and pepper shaker as I thought the recipe lacked flavor. I used Kraft fat free shredded cheddar cheese and for the macaroni I used Barilla Veggie Elbows.
Now, we are getting protein and veggies with our mac and cheese! The elbows are made from carrots and squash so the color was a perfect “cheddar” and my daughter didn’t seem to notice. My only recommendation would be to partially cook the chicken before adding it to the casserole dish. I got nervous when I served as some of the pieces didn’t look done. I returned the casserole to the oven for an additional ten minutes. Cutting the chicken into smaller pieces might have fixed this problem too. Otherwise the dish was yummy and my daughter reports that it is “mmm, good!”
2 cups cooked Veggie macaroni ~ 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breast – cubed ~ 2 cups cream of mushroom soup, undiluted ~ 2 cups skim milk ~ 8 oz fat fat cheddar cheese ~ 2 TBSP of Tastefully Simple’s garlic and pepper shaker (OPTIONAL)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large casserole, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until combined. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 35-45 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool 1-2 minutes and serve.