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Southwest Chicken Casserole


I am always looking for light twists on typical dishes.  I will get inspiration from friends, cook books, magazines and TV shows and it is fun to take an otherwise fattening dish and make it light enough that I don’t feel bad about feeding it to my family.  The trick of course is to figure out a way to make it taste the same or better than the original dish.

Then there are those nights where I have nothing in mind and I jut start cooking with what I have.  Sometimes the dishes come out great and other times I am reluctant to feed it to my dog.  That is the fun and beauty of cooking….sometimes you never know what you are going to get!

Tonight’s dish was one of those dinners where I really didn’t have a plan, just some ingredients.  Looking back now I could have made this dish a little “lighter” but it was close enough and it was delicious.  I even had some Pillsbury Pizza dough which I formed and baked into little cups.  I then serve Nick and my portions in the cup.  Funny thing is they were gone so fast I didn’t take a picture!  Oh well next time.  Enjoy.

Southwest Chicken Casserole

Preheat oven 375o

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated values per serving:

Calories =   257                           Fat = 7 grams

Serves 6

Ingredients:

4 ounces low fat cream cheese – softened

1 tablespoon taco seasoning

1 ½ cups salsa

1 cup diced tomatoes from a can – drained

2 pounds boneless cooked chicken breast – cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup low fat grated Mexican cheese mix

1 15-ounce can black beans – drained and rinsed

Directions:

1.    Beat cream cheese and taco seasoning on high speed until whipped.

2.    Fold in salsa, tomatoes, chicken, cheese and black beans.

3.    Coat a 12 by 8 inch casserole baking pan with cooking spray.  Spoon chicken mixture into casserole pan.

4.    Bake, covered, for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

5.    Serve hot.

Posted in Bake, Casserole, Easy, Poultry, Vegetables

Savory Chicken Cobbler


I love this time of year for a lot of reasonsincluding all the delicious comfort food recipes.  Here’s a great low calorie/low fat take on the traditional Chicken Pot Pie.  Sorry I didn’t have the time to caculate the estimated values but will update it soon.

NOTE: I rarely use brand names but “Best Life Buttery Spread” works really well for the cobbler because it needs to be firm.

In the meantime…Enjoy!

Savory Chicken Cobbler

Preheat oven to 400o

Savory Chicken Cobbler

Serves 8

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 325                                                            Fat: 3 grams

Chicken filling Ingredients:

1 onion – chopped

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

¼ cup sherry

2 cups chicken broth

¼ cup flour

1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables – thawed

1 teaspoon thyme

1 pound bones/skinless cooked chicken breast – cubed

Salt & pepper

Cobbler Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon thyme

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons low fat butter spread

¼ cup egg substitute

3 tablespoons skim milk

Directions:

Make the chicken filling:

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium low and coat with cooking spray.  Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 10 – 12
    minutes, turning occasionally, until browned.
  2. Add onion, cover and sauté for about 5 – 7 minutes until the onions are soft and slightly browned.
  3. Increase heat to medium high and add sherry.  Cook until all the liquid has absorbed.  In a
    small bowl, combine the chicken stock and flour then pour into the skillet and
    stir until slightly thickened.
  4. Add the vegetables, chicken and season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Make the cobbler:

  1. Whisk
    together the flour, baking powder, thyme, salt and pepper.  With a pastry knife, cut the butter spread
    into the flour mixture until it resembles small peas.
  2. Mix in the egg substitute and milk until moistened.

Assembly:

  1. Coat a large oven safe baking dish with cooking spray.  Spoon chicken filling into the bottom and
    then spoon cobbler on top, making mounds with the dough.
  2. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the cobbler is slightly browned and cooked through.
  3. Serve hot.
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Mexican Style Lasagna


Preheat oven 375o

Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Estimated Values per Serving:

Calories: 350                        Fat: 8 grams

Mexican Style Lasagna

Ingredients:

½ pound ground turkey breast meat

½ pound ground sirloin steak

1 clove garlic – crushed

1 cup chili sauce

½ cup water

Tabasco sauce (optional)

1 packet taco seasoning

6 small round soft tortillas

1 cup low fat grated Mexican blend cheese – separated

1 cup salsa

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and coat with cooking spray.  Add ground turkey and beef and sauté for 5 – 7 minutes until browned.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add chili sauce, water, Tabasco sauce (if using) and taco seasoning.  Heat on medium low for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium high.  Heat tortillas until slightly browned.
  4. To Assemble: Coat an 8 X 12 inch baking dish with cooking spray.  Layer 3 tortillas on the bottom (you may have to cut the tortillas so that they cover the bottom).  Add the ground meat mixture and top with half the cheese.  Layer the meat and cheese mixture with the remaining tortillas.  Spoon salsa on top and finally, top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.