Tex Mex Shepherd’s Pie – Quick Weeknight Dinner

If you’ve got ground beef already cooked and frozen (one of my favorite quick-cooking tricks), this meal is a cinch to put together.

Hamburger, black beans and chili-ready diced tomatoes form the base layer.  All of that gets topped with Monterey Jack Cheese.  And covering it all is a generous helping of mashed potatoes.

I used plain instant potatoes, but one of the cheesy or garlic varieties would be tasty too.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

I actually didn’t make this casserole for breakfast, but for brunch after church.  It’s a perfect after church meal, because it’s easy to throw together while you’re trying to rush everyone out of the house.  And the cook time is perfect to have it ready when you get back.

I used potatoes with onions and peppers in them to add plenty of flavor without adding a chopping step.  This one is really just “assembly only”.  Important when you’re trying not to be the last family to slip into the sanctuary.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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18 Casserole Recipes {including some that freeze and/or slow cook}

Bake up a casserole and you’ve got family pleasing, comfort food for dinner.  But casseroles are also convenient and easy.  Especially if they can offer the option of freezing for later, baking in the oven or even slow cooking in a crock pot.

I’ve got 18 recipes for you to try.  And I’ve included some handy tips for many of them too.

Not every recipe uses cream soups, but a few do.  If you avoid the canned version, or find that you’re out, here’s a post on using White Sauce (with several variations) as a substitute.

Baked Pasta with Cauliflower and Cheese – A meatless meal that can be frozen.  This one makes a lot, so it’s good to share with a friend or stock your freezer.

Baked Spaghetti – One of the most popular recipes on Eat at Home.

Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake – Easy and it can be frozen.

Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake – The chicken version of the recipe above.  Can be frozen.

Chicken and Cheesy Rice Casserole

Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Chicken Broccoli Divan – Fix it in the oven or slow cooker.

Chicken Casserole with Corn and Peas – Make an extra for the freezer.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Tetrazini – Make it in the oven or slow cooker and it can be frozen too.

Cottage Pie – Use ground beef that you’ve already cooked and frozen to make this super quick.

Easy Jambalaya

Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

Mandarin Chicken and Rice Bake

Meatballs and Spanish Rice

Hashbrown Casserole – Make this in the slow cooker with ham or smoked sausage, or place sliced smoked sausage on top and bake in the oven.  This one freezes well too.

Chicken Casserole – lightened up! – a bonus 19th recipe



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Chicken Casserole – lightened up!

I am excited to introduce you to Kim, one of our new contributing writers.  I was excited when I saw her recipe for chicken casserole, because later this week, I’ve got 18 casserole recipes coming to you.  We love casseroles!  This one is a true classic, crunchy cracker topping and all.

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes, I just need comfort food. And nothin’ says comfort here in the South more than a chicken casserole!

It makes an appearance at every church potluck, it’s a great dish to take to friends who have just had a baby, and it makes a pretty easy family meal. BUT…..the traditional version that I grew up with is loaded with fat and calories, making it a “special occasion” meal instead of frequent “go-to” dinner. After taking a look at the main ingredients of one of my favorite versions of chicken casserole, I decided to lighten that bad boy up….and I am SO glad I did!  It was delicious, and even my kids ate it! (well, 2 out of 3 anyway…which is a miracle around here!)

Chicken Casserole – lightened up!
  • 5 cups chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 2 cans reduced fat cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
  • 2 cups crushed 'buttery round' (aka Ritz) crackers (about 1½ rolls of crackers)
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • (optional ingredients)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Boil chicken until done. (I like to boil mine a small onion, carrot, and a couple of celery sticks- cut into large chunks, salt & pepper, and a tsp of chicken bouillon to make a flavorful broth).
  3. Let chicken cool slightly and cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Place cubed chicken in a 9X13 casserole dish.
  5. Stir together the condensed soup, yogurt, optional ingredients (if using).
  6. Pour over chicken.
  7. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers, melted butter, and chicken broth (from cooked chicken).
  8. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the topping is browned and the sauce is bubbling.

Kim of Mo’Betta  – I have been married for 13 years and have 3 children, ages 11, 9, and 4.  I started blogging as a way to journal my adventures in the kitchen as I learned to move away from the microwave and boxed meals to cooking ‘from scratch’. Most of my recipes are tailored to meet the needs of my food allergic son (nuts & eggs), diabetic husband, or my waistline!

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Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m always amazed at the infinite possibilities for chicken, potatoes and carrots to be combined in a recipe.  This variation is worthy of being repeated often.

If you have cooked chicken stashed away in your freezer, you’re only minutes away from having this dish oven-ready.  (See this post for tips on cooking and freezing chicken.)  Using left-over or instant mashed potatoes speeds things up even more.

My boys loved this recipe and feasted on several helpings each.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it for your family: [Read more…]

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Chicken Pot Pie – A Guest Post

This is a guest post from Crystal from Crystal and Company.  If you are interested in guest posting on Eat at Home, contact me with your ideas.

Chicken Pot Pie is one of those recipes that is so comforting to the soul and perfect for a fall or winter
dinner, but people might avoid making it because it must take a lot of work for something to taste that
amazing, right?


Super simple. [Read more…]

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Hamburger Stroganoff

This is a guest post from Ashley at AP Freewriting 101. If you are interested in guest posting on Eat at Home, contact me with your ideas.

I have a LOT on my plate during any given day:

  • Taking care of my kids: 23mo boy and 3.5yo girl
  • Working on my school work as I attempt to complete a two-year Masters degree program in one-year
  • Homeschooling my advanced preschooler
  • Blogging encouragement to women
  • Attempting to keep my house clean and my husband fed

By the time dinner rolls around, I’m pretty beat. I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen at the end of a tiring day, and yet I don’t want to pay a hefty price for carry-out food. My solution? Quick, easy, and inexpensive pantry meals. [Read more…]

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Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake

This is a beef spin on the Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake.  I was trying to come up with a dinner idea the other day and had all the ingredients except chicken.  But I had cooked ground beef in the freezer, so decided to give it a try.  It turned out really well.  Just as easy as the chicken version and just as tasty.  [Read more…]

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Chicken Casserole with Corn and Peas

This is a good weeknight supper.  There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s good comfort food.  I adapted the recipe from one I found in 365 Ways to Make Chicken.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

I wanted to make a chicken casserole the other day, but I wanted one that I’d never made before.  After pondering for a while, I decided to alter Chicken and Cheesy Rice Casserole and give it an Italian spin.  Everyone liked it.  We had leftovers for lunch the next day and I thought it was even better leftover. [Read more…]

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