No excuse

I made a chicken version of my Mexican Beef & Bean Bake from the other day. It was yummy. Not sure which is my favorite. I made the beef version because I was needing a comfort food casserole during a bad migraine bout but I was feeling pretty good yesterday. So yeah I have no real excuse for my cheesy, gooey comfort casserole making.

Hmmm... the state of the economy, global warming, my love life.

There you go. An excuse.

Shelly's Mexican Chicken & Bean Bake

7-8 Chicken Tenders (Boneless, Breast Portions), cubed
1 Yellow Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 small Yellow Squash, sliced
1 can (15 oz.) Pinto Beans, rinsed & drained
1 can (15 oz.) Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Creamy Ranchero Tomato, Southwest, Mexican, or Nacho Cheese Soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream or Fage Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Saute chicken till golden. Set aside. Saute onions till golden. Add squash and garlic and steam saute with the lid on for 5 minutes. Turning often. Set aside. Add veggies to chicken and all remaining ingredients (except cheese). Mix till combined and pour into Pyrex casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.

Ready for the oven

Highlights of the day:

* Wonderful blog readers that make my day sending me awesome things like this. Thank you DCY (a fellow gastric bypass post-op sharing her journey.)

* Finding this site. I know I'm sick. It reminds me of that old Food Network (aka the Food Porn Channel) show "Doorknock Dinners" where Gordon Elliot and a chef would show up at your door and use your pantry and fridge items to make a gourmet meal. I think that show turned me into a pantry hoarder. I wanted to be ready in case Gordon came a-knocking. Yessss as a matter of fact Gordon I've got your sun dried tomato pesto and artichoke hearts right heeeeeere. Look at me America: I'm Martha flipping Stewart. Booyah!

* Let the countdown begin. Grey's Anatomy Season Five 2-hour Premiere Thursday, September 25. If Rose is pregnant I'm turning off the set.

Listening to: "My Stupid Mouth" John Mayer


Nikki said...

If Rose is pregnant, I may have to permanently delete GA from my Tivo. Seriously. Leave Meredith and Derek alone!!! Personally I'd like to see where they take the romance betweeen Dr. Torres and Dr. Hahn. And I'd like to see some character growth surrounding Mark. They have beaten the MerDer horse to death. Let them be!!!

Tara said...

Ok, now you have to show us a picture of YOUR fridge! ;)

Anonymous said...

Rose can't be pregnant. She's psycho and Izzy already did the pregnancy test. Love this show....

Michelle "Shelly" said...

nikki, I know huh it's time for happy MerDer days.


LOL Tara I will take one.


debbie, Rose is that chick Derek's been sleeping with the nurse... the crazy girl faceless girl is... ummm... Ava/Rebecca but yeah I'm glad she's out of there too.

Glad I'm not the only addict.


Michael B in AZ said...


I'm digging your WLS friendly recipes so much that the contents of my fridge are slowly starting to look more and more what yours probably looks like!...You've inspired me to adapt as many tasty recipes as I can too! I think that we were both spoiled with great food growing up in the NYC area and now we just refuse to lower our standards ;)

Tonight, while out cracking the new Starbucks Vivanno recipes, I also picked up four containers of Fage, a few cans of nacho cheese soup to use in tomorrow's attempt at your Mexican casserole recipe, and a bunch of pinto beans for this weekends batch of "Wendy's" Chili...

My first crack at the Starbucks drink - the chocolate banana one was pretty easy (I blogged about it!) but the orange mango version is proving more difficult. SF options for the orange flavor abound, but do you know of any SF Mango "juice" products?

Catrina said...

i made the chicken version this weekend. it was amazing! i hope it freezes or else i will be eating it for a lot of days! thank you so much for all of your recipes...they rock!