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Posts Tagged ‘canned soup’

Swiss and Chicken Casserole

Posted by terrepruitt on June 11, 2013

Ok, the thing about recipes is you sometimes have to adapt them for your family’s tastes, but it is nice to have the idea, ya know the starting point.  I love the ease of canned soups, but I have decided to work through my present supply and then no longer use them because I don’t care for the ingredients in them.  Yeah, I could just throw them out but I have issues with wasting “food stuffs” and money so I am working my way through what I have.  It is taking me a long time too because I keep finding recipes for which I concoct my own “soup” or, like the recipe in this post, not use soup, but still get the creamy soupy taste and texture.  The following recipe is from the blog Rantings of an Amateur Chef.  If you have not visited the Ranting Chef’s blog, you might want to.  It is full of all kinds of recipes.  He even has a cooking competition that you might want to participate in.  Go check it out . . . . after you read my post first, of course!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI changed the ingredients to work for what we like.  I’ve swapped out the Miracle Whip for mayonnaise.  We DO NOT like Miracle Whip so that was switched out no doubt.  I used the chicken option, as stated in the recipe.  I made my own “croutons”.  To assist in avoiding some of the “extra” ingredients in store bought croutons.  Celery is in a lot of recipes.  I don’t know if I have ever mentioned that I do not like celery.  If I make this again, I might use celery, but this first time, I used fennel.  I know I have mentioned how much I love fennel.  Originally I was going to use ground turkey.  You may have read a post or two about how much I love ground turkey.  I have a Turkey and Fennel recipe.  I love the way those two flavors marry.  But I decided that if I used turkey in this it would be too much like my other meal so I opted for the chicken.

Original SWISS ‘N TURKEY CASSEROLE from the Ranting Chef


1 cup Miracle Whip
4 cups chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups croutons
2 cups sliced celery
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onion


Mix all ingredients. Spoon into 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with croutons if desired.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaMY version: (this time)

Swiss and Chicken Casserole


1 cup mayonnaise
4 cups cooked and chopped chicken
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
2 cups croutons
2 HEAPING cups fennel, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
a few turns of the pepper mill


Mix almost all the ingredients together, save some of the cheese for the top, if you want. Spoon the mixture into 2-quart casserole dish.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and extra croutons if desired.  And bake for 20 more minutes.

So this was a really good treat!  It really taste like warm chicken salad.  I can see myself using less mayonnaise when I make it again or maybe even something else (stayed tuned for THAT post!).  Some may argue that casseroles are not a very healthy meal, but to me, it beats fast food and sometimes they are a nice change of pace.  Maybe not something you have all the time.  And in fact, I will say this is a pretty rich casserole.

Do you like Miracle Whip?  Are you a mayo family or a Miracle Whip family?

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Easy Dinner – Yes, Please!

Posted by terrepruitt on September 8, 2011

After I taught my Nia Class in Willow Glen I had some shopping to do.  After shopping I rushed home because I was going to meet a friend in the afternoon back the way of my class, but I thought would shower so as not to offend her.  It was pretty warm here.  As is normal for a hot day, the late afternoon early evening is the hottest.  So as I was driving home from my visit I was not looking forward to cooking dinner.  I had chicken thawed in the fridge, but what else to cook?  I ended up visiting longer than I had planned and getting stuck in traffic on the way home so I didn’t want to stop to get anything to add to dinner because it was already late.  All the way home I was wondering what to cook.  When I got home it was really hot.  I thought it would be best not to turn on the oven or the stove.  I had an idea that maybe using my electric skillet would be cooler.  I do believe it was.  Although this is a common dish cooked in a crock pot or the oven.  When you have limited ingredients sometimes dinner is really easy.  I have found that with limited ingredients I come up with come pretty good meals.  Some end up being regularly cooked meals.

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-A little over a cup of rice
-32 oz broth
-1/2 cup of sherry
-1 tablespoon of worchestire sauce
-1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
-1 tablespoon marjoram
-1/2 tablespoon powdered garlic
-two large chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
-bag of green beans
-salt and pepper to taste**

I put the rice in the skillet with about half of the broth and turn the skillet on to its highest setting.  I started to cut up the chicken into bite size pieces.  When most of the broth boiled off, I added the rest of the broth, the sherry, the worchestire sauce, the soy sauce and stirred, then I added the marjoram.  I turned the heat down to the lowest setting.  I finished cutting up the chicken, then put it in with the rice I sprinkled the garlic on the chicken with some salt.  I turned it to the middle setting.  I let the chicken cook until it was almost done, then I added the green beans.  I stirred them into the dish and let it cook until they were done.

If you know me, you know I don’t like pepper — at all.  But my friend gave me some smoked pepper, which seems very different than regular black pepper.  It helped finish the dish off perfectly!  I brought the grinder to the table though so we could pepper our food separately.  My husband loves pepper.

I wasn’t planning on posting about this so I wasn’t keeping track of the time, but I think it all took about 30 to 40 minutes.  That is what I will plan on in the future, but I will keep an eye on it to see.  I am looking forward to using different veggies.  Frozen green beans is all that I had.

The last time I cooked an all in one dish I used the oven and I used brown rice and canned soup.  The rice was a bit crunchy still but I didn’t want to cook it longer because the chicken was done.  So that is why with this one I started the rice first, although this time I used white rice and it could have been less done.

I am working my way away from using canned soup so that is why I used broth and it came out great.  With the oven cooked dish I used broccoli.  I am looking forward to trying different veggies in the skillet.

I had forgotten about the electric skillet even though my parents use theirs all the time.  I am glad it was hot and I was at a loss of how to cook dinner because now I am going to start using my electric skillet more often.

Do you have an electric skillet?  If you do, what do you cook in it?  Do you have any favorite one pot recipes?

**09/10/11 — This actually made quite so we ate it a second night. On the third night it seemed as if all that was left was rice and green beans so I sauteed some baby bok choy and a can of chicken then put the left over rice and green beans in the pan and heated it up. Wow! I think I am a fan of baby bok choy!!!

09/12/11 — I didn’t take a picture while I was cooking it because I didn’t think of posting about it.  So the next night when we were having it for dinner I decided to at least take a picture of the food and the electric skillet, even though the food is on my dinner plate.  🙂

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