Thursday, September 2, 2010

Casserole Comfort

My super easy protein packed dinner last night... 10 minutes of prep, toss it in the oven and in 30 minutes you have an awesomely simple, Spanish inspired, you'll want to lick the plate clean, super yummy comfort food casserole. Soooo good. I ate it as is but it would be great with a green salad or cucumber salad or for hearty eater non-ops made into a burrito with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

I sat outside and ate it under the electric stars. Great meal. Cool breeze. Nice night.

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~Robert Brault

Shelly's Chorizo Casserole

1 Maui Onion, diced (Vidalia would work too)
5 oz. Mexican Style Chorizo Sausage
7 Chicken Tenders, cut into 2" cubes
1 (15 oz.) can Chick Peas, rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz.) can Cannelini Beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz.) can Chopped Tomatoes, drained
1 Tablespoon Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)

Preheat oven to 350. Remove the sausage from it's casing and saute in a skillet for 5 minutes over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it cooks. Use a wooden spatula to break up. Add onions and cook till translucent. Add chicken and cook till no pink is seen. Add remaining ingredients and mix till combined and slightly thickened.

Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes.

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Nancy said...

This looks awesome! Do you add any more seasoning to spice it up? Do you drain the sausage after cooking? What temperature do you cook this at? Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying it!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Nancy. Nope, nope and 350 (it's listed, scared me for a second)

I suppose you could add more spices but Chorizo is pretty spice packed. Lots of paprika, chili, red pepper, & garlic already. It has a slight heat.

My sausage didn't have much fat, definitely drain if there is an excess, mine rendered the perfect amount of fat for the onions & chicken.

Hope you enjoy it :)

LeeLee said...

Hi Shelly,

I **NEVER** cooked before my lapband surgery 2 years ago, and now am cooking almost every night. You are a true inspiration.

Since I still am learning how to cook, as was wondering why you need the pancake mix in the casserole. Is it being used as a thickener?

Thanks, and keep on cookin' (and sharing recipes and photos!).

Love ya,

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Leslie,

So glad you are enjoying the blog. Thank you for the lovely compliment :)

Yep the pancake mix acts as a thickener, otherwise the tomatoes in cooking would make it too soupy. Still tasty but it's better with.

Carol said...

This sounds so yummy! I have been making versions of your faux shepherd's pie, love it! Have gotten my family hooked on making it.....

Thanks for the recipes, I am totally making this......

Tammy said...

I forgot to post and let you know that I made this for my fellow WLS peeps here in Nashville for one of our get-togethers. It was a huge hit! I used the Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe's - it has a great flavor. Thanks for continuing to make quality recipes for us!

Kristina said...

I made this today and it is delish!! I added a little cheader cheese to the top.