Thursday, September 10, 2020

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole



Looking for a quick dinner idea? Cheesy chicken and rice is the perfect casserole for the busy family during the week.  I love these simple ingredients! Comfort food at its finest for everyone in the family. 

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How are you adjusting to the kids being back in school? Have you found your new normal?  

Are you smarter than a fifth grader? How many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have you made so far? My pantry seems to run of out snacks before mid-week.

Coming home from work, nothing is better than preparing an easy meal, from start to finish for the family.  If you are lucky, you might have some leftovers. 

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I love this casserole, and it makes plenty of leftovers. Kids are taking more meals to school now, so I need all the help I can get! 




How to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole


Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

RECIPE
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3 cups cooked chicken breasts
3 cups cooked rice
1 tsp minced garlic
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
4 cups grated cheese/divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly grease 9 x 13 casserole dish with spray

In a large pan, melt butter and stir in minced garlic.  Cook over medium heat for 30 seconds.  Add flour, garlic salt, pepper, garlic powder, and whisk to combine.  Add in chicken stock and whisk until sauce boils and thickens. 

Add shredded cheese and stir until melted.  

Add cooked rice and cooked shredded chicken breast.

Pour into 9x13 pan and top with additional cheese and bake for 20 minutes.



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Tips on making Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • I loved using Marble Jack shredded cheese, but use your favorite
  • Add your favorite vegetables, like peas or brocolli.
  • Use a rotisseri chicken and shred, this will cut down cooking and prepping time.

This post is sponsored by the Glass Barn, Indiana Soybean and Corn Farmers, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 








 
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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Crock Pot Cowboy Hamburger Soup


Crock Pot Cowboy Hamburger Soup is a hearty dish.  There will be plenty of leftovers for your family.  I love that the ingredients in this soup came from our garden and the beef came from a local farmer. 




We planted a big garden this spring.  We have spent a lot of weekends canning green beans, tomato juice, stewed tomatoes, sweet corn. It was a lot of work, but worth it in the end.  We have a lot of canned goods to enjoy this winter.  I love adding tomato juice and stewed tomatoes.  

Chasing Saturday Soups:






Crock Pot Cowboy Hamburger Soup PRINT RECIPE

Ingredients For Crock Pot Cowboy Hamburger Soup

2 lbs ground beef

6 potatoes

2 cups frozen sweet corn

1 quart tomato juice

1 quart stewed tomatoes

1 quart green beans

2 cans chili beans

Salt and pepper

4 tablespoons sugar

How to Make Crock Pot Cowboy Hamburger Soup

Brown and drain the ground beef

Peel potatoes and cut into cubes 

Spray crock pot with cooking spray

Add beef and potatoes in the crock pot

Add corn, green beans, tomato juice, stewed tomatoes, chili beans, salt and pepper.  

Add 2- 4 tsp sugar for taste











This post is sponsored by the Glass Barn, Indiana Soybean and Corn Farmers, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Ham Loaf



Family recipes are most treasured.  They involve a tattered recipe card and many memories.  My grandma would make Ham Loaf for many family gatherings. Celebrating Easter and Christmas as a family, sometimes there is leftover ham.  This is a perfect pork recipe for leftover ham.


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Farming is a very essential industry, especially this time of the year.  I am sure you have seen farmers working in the field in the past week.  They are anxiously preparing the soil, discing, applying anhydrous ammonia, getting ready to plant.  This year will be business as usual for farmers, they will go to work every day and make sure this year's crop is planted on time.  Farmers faced many hardships last year, with a very wet spring.  They hope for drier conditions, and a larger window of opportunity to plant.  

Since my kids are now home for the remaining of the school year, they are spending more time on the farm with their grandfather.  Today they  ran outside extra early to meet one of the guys my husband use to work with at the fertilizer plant. He was delivering tanks to a field right behind our house. It had been a few years since Charlie had seen my kids, and he said they had really grown! My daughter and son have spent time learning how to operate the tractor, and discing and helping when needed.

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Not only are traditional farmers very busy, but so are pork producers.  Pork production is Indiana's top third commodity. There are more than 3,000 pork farmers in Indiana, and produces over 4 million hogs a year.  Pork producers are focused to raise safe and nutritious pork the grocery store shelves.  I will confess my favorite cut of pork is bacon.   Our family can consume a pound of bacon so fast on Saturday mornings!  As a 4-H family that raises show hogs, we care for our pigs, spoil them, and even feed them special treats like marshmallows or jelly beans!

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The sauce bakes into the ham loaf, and there was plenty of sauce left over in the pan.  You can use a loaf pan, or a larger pan, and just form the pork into a loaf form.  


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I love seeing recipes with my grandmothers handwriting.  I asked mom to send me a picture of the recipe.  To me, it looks well used, old, and I am now curious who Martha McMahon is.  I don't think grandma missed cooking many meals for her husband and son who worked on the farm every day for lunch.  Grandma Patty only had her recipe box to turn to for recipe ideas, now we have so many more resources to discover new recipes.




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If you have leftover ham, the best way to grind it, is to grind it up in a food processor.  Our family is used to preparing large meatloaf's, so I made this ham loaf bigger for our family of five. You can adjust as needed for your family.  We always make sure to have left overs.



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PRINTABLE RECIPE

HAM LOAF Ingredients For Ham Loaf

½ lb. ground pork
1 lb ground ham
½ cup milk
1 ½ cups Corn Flakes
SAUCE
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp dry mustard
½ cup Cider Vinegar
¼ cup Water

How to Make Ham Loaf


  1.  Mix ground pork, ground ham, milk and corn flakes and form into a loaf.
  2. Place loaf in a casserole dish or loaf pan, leaving room for the sauce
  3. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a pan over medium heat. 
  4. Heat on stove until mixture thickens and sugar completely dissolves.
  5. Pour mixture over ham loaf and bake at 350 for one hour.
  6. Internal temperature should read 160 degrees.




Chasing Saturday Pork recipes we love:
Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes
Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
Crock Pot Pulled Pork
Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole
Grilled Pork Chops
Fried Pork Chops
Crock Pot Shoups Pork BBQ Sliders
Pressure Cooker BBQ Pork Ribs
Cheesy Ham Hashbrown Casserole


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This post is sponsored by Indiana Pork but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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