Sometimes limitations bring forth the best creations.
Recently, on a message board someone wanted to make stuffed shells. She wanted to use chicken, no red sauce, no spinach and no ricotta. She did have a jar of alfredo sauce. I don’t know what the woman ended up making, but this is what I suggested. It sounded so good, I decided to try it myself.
Chicken, broccoli and mozzarella cheese fill the shells which are covered with alfredo sauce and baked. Bonus -the recipe makes enough to put some in the freezer.
Please forgive my photo. I didn’t take the time to plate this before taking the pictures, so you get to see the serving dish and even the cheesy spatula.
I made these for a quick and easy weeknight dinner after scrounging my pantry and fridge for ingredients to pull together a meal. We all really liked them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Every once in a while I think I might be losing my mind. Okay. I think that more than just every once in a while.
Regardless, this recipe has made me question my cognitive bearings. The other night I decided to whip up some quesadillas for dinner. Not wanting to reinvent the recipe, I did a search on my blog to find out how I made it before. I know I made them once before. I’m sure I posted it here. I remember some of the comments.
However, I couldn’t find the recipe on here anywhere. I dug through my wordpress files. I searched various titles, categories and tags. Nothing. Squat nada.
So, I started from scratch making up a new recipe. It still bugs me that I don’t know what happened to the other one. Maybe I never posted it. Maybe I really am losing my mind. Oh well. Let’s have a quesadilla and it will all be okay.
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I completely forgot to take a picture of these before we ate them all. They are slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman’s recipe. She uses homemade potatoes, but I decided to take a short cut and use the O’brien potatoes from the store. I also used Italian sausage, which I’d already cooked and frozen. I couldn’t find any regular sausage in my freezer.
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When my kids were very small, and there were fewer of them, I used to make this dish often. Somewhere along the line, I forgot about it. A very sad thing, because this pie is healthy, easy and tastes great. The recipe is lightly adapted from the Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.
This is one of my family’s favorite casseroles and I figured out that it can be made either in the oven or the crockpot, making it very versatile. I’m in love with my slow cooker. There are many nights that we wouldn’t be having dinner at all if I couldn’t put it in the crockpot to cook.