Saturday, May 24, 2008

Bubbly & golden

From 103 degrees last week to 60's cloudy/rainy this week = comfort food casserole time. I was needing some baked until bubbly and golden yumminess. This totally fit the bill.

I was actually planning on making a different Eggface casserole and realized I was out of a few things so this one was born and I think it might be my favorite.

Shelly's Italian Chicken & Squash Bake

1 cup Chicken, boneless, skinless breasts diced 1" cubes
1 Yellow Onion, diced
3 green Onions, diced
4-5 fresh Mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
3-4 Yellow Squash, sliced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 - 15 oz. can Diced Tomatoes, drained
1 - 10 3/4 oz. can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Shredded Italian 4 Cheese Blend (divided use)
Oil/butter for sauteing

Saute chicken till golden. Set aside. Saute onions and mushrooms till golden. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add zucchini, turn to low heat and cover for 5 minutes. Stirring once or twice. Add soup, tomatoes, seasonings, 1/4 cup of the cheese and chicken and stir to combine.

Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden.

Went to the Farmer's Market this morning. Despite the dark clouds and the threat of rain I must go support my local farmers and get my weekly stash of goodies. Bought more strawberries, blueberries, cherries (I'm on a fruit salad with pineapple cottage cheese kick), yellow squash, zucchini, red, yellow & green onions, garlic, Mum's Austrian Fruit Bread, corn on the cob (gonna BBQ it this weekend) and red pears... that's it I think.

After the FM I went to Winco to buy more Ricotta because those red pears must become those yummy Roasted Pears with sweetened Ricotta and Caramel I made last week. I seriously can't go on my blog without looking at that particular food porn longingly. Have you made them yet? Do it. Soooooo good.

Speaking of the blog. The contest is really taking off. Lots of entries but be sure (especially if you log in anonymously) to put your name or location or something in your comment. I have about three no names :(

Highlights of the day:

* Mmmmm I heart casseroles.

* People (and dog) watching at Starbuck's this morning... the cutest little girl with a leopard print jacket and little Ugg boots, a gorgeous Siberian Husky, a hottie buying coffee for his wife (errr men in my town are all married ;) I seriously must move)

* I finally cleaned out my purse. I had over $16 in coins at the bottom of it. No wonder my neck hurts.

Oh here's a pretty cool FYI: Did you know some of those Coinstar coin counting machines in supermarkets will give you Starbuck's cards (or reload an existing card.) Every few weeks I dump all my change in and reload my Bux card. There's no coin counting fee if you do the gift card thing and you can get Starbucks, Itunes, Amazon, AMC theaters, a bunch of other places. Here's the 411 on it.

and don't forget to register your Starbuck's card... my Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte with no whippage went down 70 cents. Here's the 411 on that.

Listening to: David Cook "Hungry like the Wolf" (another hottie)


Robin said...

Oh Michelle, that looks YUMMYYYY!!!! Thanks for sharing! YOU ROCK! I cannot wait until I get veggies back - off the the farmer's market I will go. That is so unlike me, but I am craving some veggies. Are we sure they didn't operate on my brain? lol

DCY said...

My husband grows his own garden vegetables. We have squash, tomatoes, corn, string beans, bell peppers, okra, peas, watermelon, canteloupe, peanuts, peaches and strawberries. I am so gonna have to use some of his begetables in a few of your recipes, especially this one.

Dana said...

I have to agree with Robin - you do ROCK, and you are funny too. Also, I have to say that your pics are fab. You look great!

BTC said...

I am grilling lots of chicken today so that I can make your most recent casserole and the chutney chicken salad - they both sound delicious. I just made the Dijon Chicken Casserole the other night, and will have enough for two lunches this week - yum!!!


Barb Del Piano said...

YUMMERZ! I'm on it!

chpdlivr said...

Who won the protien bars????