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Chili cheese chicken June 12, 2012

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This is a great casserole with a southwest flair.

1 lb Chicken Diced small

1/2 cup instant brown rice

1 can diced tomatos

1 small can mild chilies

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 onion sliced

1 bell pepper sliced (color of your choice)

Cumin powder, garlic powder and taco seasoning.

In a frying pan, coat chicken in seasoning, I am very generous.  Cook until browned.  While the chicken is cooking place the dry instant rice in a baking dish.  spread the diced tomatoes with juices over the rice.  Spread the cooked chicken next, then the black beans.  Cook the onions and peppers in the pan the chicken just left, when they are softened, add the mild chilies and cook another 2 or 3 min.  Add the veggies to the baking dish, then top with cheese.  Bake at 350 deg. for 30 to 45 min or until rice is cooked and cheese is melted.  Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.  A salad with corn and bean salsa as dressing is great.


Chopped Salad May 29, 2012

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Every one loves this salad!  It is a great anytime dish, just this week we had it as dinner!

1 bag of salad with carrot and cabbage, I like the Romaine variety

2 green onions thinly sliced

Aprox. 1 cup fresh chopped tomato

Aprox. 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Aprox. 1 and 1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken

Aprox.  1/2 cup small dry pasta like ditali (cook and cool prior to making the salad)

1/2 lb of cooked bacon, chopped.

Creamy Italian, or your favorite dressing


A lot of the  ingredients are approximate because I do so much of this by sight.  If it looks like a need more tomato, I just add it.  Put the Salad into a bowl and using cooking sheers, cut the pieces smaller. toss every thing but the  dressing.  I prefer to add my own dressing, but you could dress the whole salad and serve with a nice piece of crusty bread.  This recipie is great for improviesing!  Try what ever you have in the fridge.


Chicken w/ Ham and Cheese February 28, 2012

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This is a often requested dish by Tim and has undergone a few changes from its first incarnation, to make it either a little healthier or easier.

to serve 4

1 lb chicken breast ( the breasts I have been getting have been about a pound each)

1 egg


seasoned bread crumbs

packet of dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix (I use this often enough I get the big jar of it)

4 slices of ham or proccuto

4 slices of Swiss cheese or cheese of choice (plus a little extra)

If you have big chicken breasts, carefully slice them laterally to create thinner pieces,  from one breast I can get 3 to 4 slices.  Dredge the chicken in flour, then beaten egg (I like to add a little water or milk to thin it out ) then in the bread crumbs that the dry dressing mix has been added to.  I like to quick brown both sides in a very hot cast ion skillet.  They will not be cooked all the way through. Place breasts in a pan or baker and bake in a 350 degree oven until chicken is just cooked through.  Remove pan,  place a smaller piece of cheese on each breast, a slice of ham, then the full slice of cheese.  Put back into the oven and bake until the cheese is melty and bubbly and the ham is a little cooked around the edges.