Meg’s Cooking Corner

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Family Favorites

I will post my recipes here now instead of on my family blog. Here are some family favorites.

Chicken Rice Casserole
(my favorite "comfort casserole" for these cold nights huddled around the heater!)

1 box Long Grain Wild Rice Mix, cook per directions on box
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup mayo
1 cup chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
7-8 chicken breast tenders, cooked and diced

Combine all ingredients and put in greased casserole dish. Top with 1 small can fried onion rings. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Watch so top doesn't burn during last few minutes.

This is a great and easy dessert to make. I love it because you can use different flavors of pudding. Try lemon in the spring, pumpkin spice in the fall, and chocolate anytime!

Versatile Pudding Dessert
(from my mother-in-law Cindy, appropriate as this is Mother's Day!)
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 stick butter (softened)

-Mix together and press into a 13x9 pan. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool.

1 cup powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup cool whip (buy the 12 oz size)

-Whip with beaters and spread over cooled crust.

2 small pkg instant pudding
(any flavor, my favorites are chocolate, lemon or pumpkin spice)
2 1/2 cups milk

-Whip and pour over cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cool whip.
-Optional: Sprinkle with chocolate chips or shavings, lemon zest or slices, crumbled gingersnaps, etc. to match your pudding flavor)

This is another easy dinner that the whole family enjoys and gets those veggies into your kids and husbands! Enjoy.

Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs

4 large skinless chicken thighs (1 1/2 lbs)
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 (16 oz) bag baby carrots
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 450. In large shallow roasting pan, combine ingredients and toss to coat. Roast chicken mixture 40-45 minutes or until juices run clear and liquid in pan thickens slightly. Stir vegetables and turn chicken over halfway through roasting. Enjoy!

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