Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Little Logic & A Little Casserole

From my last post you may have been able to tell that I am lacking in any sort of creativity during my free time.  This may be due to a serious excess of time after classes or the fact that we are only into the third week, but phew, what a relief from last year...at least for a little while.  If you have trouble remembering back to last semester, I was a bit of a trainwreck in the sense that I lived in the library (religiously) and very seldom went anywhere else including on weekends.  Oh well, the past is the past.

Last night I managed to make a rather quick and easy rendition of a family favorite. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole (The Healthy Version).

1 pkg Uncle Bens Long grain wild rice
1 pkg frozen broccoli
1/4 cup butter (you can leave this out)
1 med onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 can water chestnuts diced
2 cups COOKED chicken diced
1 can mushroom soup (low-sodium)
6oz plain greek yogurt
1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp lemon juice

1.) completely cook rice and add to oven save dish along with greek yogurt, mushroom soup and milk.
2.) meanwhile, cook chicken as desired (broil,bake, pan sear) and add broccoli, onion and celery to saute pan.
3.) once completely cooked and heated add to casserole dish.
4.) lightly mix ingredients
5.) Bake covered @350 for 30 - 45min.  Add desired cheddar cheese on top and finish baking (uncovered) for 5min.

Let sit for 5 min so that contents solidify and serve :)

I will advise you to NOT purchase instant rice but instead actually put a good few minutes into cooking the real thing because it makes all the difference.
Also, if you're trying to be healthy use low-sodium (LS) or no-salt-added (NSA) mushroom soup.  I found that both the combination of instant rice & normal mush. soup was too salty and took away from the flavor I love.

This is also perfect for freezing and refrigerating for a few days!

I mulled over some logic reading while eating my casserole.  Our professor for this class is a bit nutty to say the least but all in all knows how to teach a lecture hall of 40 freshman and a few of us upperclassmen.  The course itself is interesting and the book isn't half bad but as you can see, getting used to letters and symbols will be a bit of a challenge.  I am not looking forward to actual compound sentences and truth tables.

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