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Why Wait Til Tomorrow? Healthy Chicken Casserole

Monday, February 25, 2013

Here is my entry for the third week of the At Goal & Maintaining Plus.... Team's recipe challenge. I was going to wait until tomorrow, since I already blogged today, but since they've already posted the 4th week challenge, I decided I should get on it!

I made Chef Meg's Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole. The recipe is available at
. I just made a few adjustments based on what I had in the house. I didn't have any white pepper, so I settled for black pepper. I had one big orange bell pepper (someone helped themselves to the other one I'd bought for this casserole), but I had just under 20 ounces of broccoli -- so we settled for a little more broccoli and a little less bell pepper. The only flour I had in the house was organic whole wheat flour. I thought it might not thicken as well, so I added .5 T for a total of 2.5 tablespoons of flour. The rest of the ingredients I followed as written, although when I took the foil off after 20 minutes in the oven the cheese was already melted and did not require more time.

Here's what it looked like:

The recipe was very good. I liked it a lot and could eat it weekly. Although I don't mind eating plain chicken, plain vegetables, and almost plain pasta. Would be less work, fewer dirty cooking dishes, and I could skip the butter, flour, and cheese. My picky daughter looked at the leftovers and volunteered to come back and eat it again later this week. High praise from her, indeed!! Her hubby liked it, too. The guys added more shredded cheese to it. The kids weren't crazy about it, but ate a few bites. My husband said it would be great if it didn't have the zucchini. Perhaps if I make it again, I'll have orange and green bell peppers with the broccoli and no zucchini. If anyone has another suggestion, please let me know. Artichokes? Green beans? He'd eat onions and mushrooms, but she wouldn't. I do have challenges cooking for different people's tastes, but all in all, I'd rate this recipe 4.5 on a scale of 1-5!!
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    Made this for lunch today and it was super yummy! Thanks again for sharing the recipe!
    1875 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2013 12:55:20 PM
    That casserole looks great! And I love the name Slenderella!!!!
    1876 days ago
    Oooh, yummy! Looks great and I love the nutritional profile. It's just where I like a meal to be. Thanks so much for sharing!
    1877 days ago
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    1877 days ago
    I'm done for the day but that picture looks positively NUMMY. And healthy, too.
    1878 days ago
    Marsha, I copied Chef Meg's recipe and will make it in the coming week. Perhaps I will freeze some to eat after I have my surgery! Thanks again for sharing!
    1878 days ago
    I've made it with onions and mushrooms (and broccoli like yours). Your dish looks delicious and I can't wait to try it with zucchini and different colored peppers! Yummy! Thanks for sharing it!
    1878 days ago
    Great idea, beautiful photo. How cool that your family liked it!
    1878 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Looks DELISH! I love when you give me ideas with your recipes! THANKS!
    1878 days ago
    1878 days ago
    This looks delicious! And congratulations on trying to meet everyone's different tastes. What I do with zucchini is that I peel the green part off and use only the inside because my kids have a bad reaction to anything green! As AMANDA79 said, the things we do for our children!
    1878 days ago
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    1878 days ago
    Looks yummy!!! WOW that is a challenge cooking for that many different tastes.
    1879 days ago
    That looks yummy!
    1879 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    I'll definitely be trying that one!

    Sometimes my kids will eat casseroles better if I separate the elements on the plate. The things we do for our children!
    1879 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Love it! I think healthy casseroles rock! I love zucchini, red, yelllow, and orange bells, broccoli, man, what's not to devour! It's all about the herbs and spices. Oh oh, you just inspired me, Marsha!
    1879 days ago
    I think it's incredible the way you try so hard to meet everyone's different needs/preferences. Recipe sounds great as you made it! Gotta say, at this point in my life (and we're about the same age . . . )I simply am not prepared to "cater". Happy to share my soup or my salads . . . but they're made my way, to suit me! (I know it's a bit different for you caring for the grandgirls . . . !!)
    1879 days ago
    Looks very tasty! I think you can add and subtract veggies to your (or your picky folks) liking.
    1879 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Looks great! I never liked zucchini myself, but boy it is hard to satisfy people with different tastes. Summer peas, the little sweet ones is what I like with pasta. Shame about not being able to have onions and mushrooms, would love those -maybe you have to do half and half -like we had to do with pizza when we made our own for our family -no onions for big brother -no ham for me. Good luck with it!!!
    1879 days ago
    It looks great!! However, casseroles are a problem for me because the usual "one cup serving" just doesn't cut it! I'd rather eat my protein, veggies, and starch separately. I feel like I'm getting more! But thanks for sharing your take on the recipe.
    1879 days ago
    I am impressed that you are experimenting!
    1879 days ago
    I don't know about the zucchini... the only way I've even tried to get my family to eat it was shredded, and they wouldn't even have known it was in the muffins I made, but I guess they sensed something about my eagerness for them to try what I'd baked, because they didn't even eat the mini-muffins, which should have been a big hit.

    That being said, maybe if you grate the zucchini and press out some of the moisture, no one would even notice it was in there?

    It does look awesome in the picture, and I think I'd like it, but like you, I'd just as soon eat my veggies plain and raw... my husband doesn't like pasta, so that in itself would be a challenge.
    1879 days ago
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