Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

With all the restaurant reviews I post, you probably think I never cook, or don't even know how.   The truth is, when I had kids at home, I cooked all the time.  Even after they moved out on their own, I continued to cook.  The last 3 years of my working career, however, I spent so much time working, I lost my desired to cook.  I still cooked some, but I often brought home takeout, or we ate out.  I was making the best money I ever had, so I felt I could afford to cook a lot less!

Then I retired.  It seemed unfair that I retired from my outside job, but there was no respite from my in house job (laundry, cooking, and cleaning).  The truth is, we can no longer eat out as much as we did, (I'm talking probably 4 or 5 nights per week, if you count the nights I brought home takeout!)  With no more big commission checks coming in, I had to face reality.  That old schedule just wouldn't fit into our budget!

Obviously, I just couldn't avoid going back to cooking.  However, I was determined that cooking would be simpler; no more preparing meals that took half the day to make, and half my pots and pans to bake!  Whenever possible, I would find ways to make easy, one-dish dinners.  I have been able to come up with some that we love, and that I don't hate cooking.  With that in mind, I decided that I would occasionally share my recipes with you; hence, the above title, :Tasty Tuesday.

One-Dish Chicken Casserole

You'll need:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
4 to 5 carrots. peeled and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
2  potatoes,  sliced 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 can of water
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2  tablespoons of butter, melted

1  2 qt. casserole dish (round or 9' x 9'

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Spread sliced carrots on bottom of casserole dish.  Add sliced potatoes.   Place chicken breasts on top of potatoes and carrots.  Season to taste with pepper and garlic powder.  (I don't use salt because the soup has salt in it.)  Mix cream of chicken soup and water; pour over chicken.  Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top.  Brown bread crumbs in melted butter.  Spoon over cheese.   Cover with non-stick aluminum foil.   Bake at 400 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, until carrots and potatoes are no longer crunchy.  Serve with a salad and warm French bread or biscuits.  Makes 3 to 4 servings.




Kristina P. said...

As a couple without kids, and weird work schedules, I know what you mean. I do like to cook, but with just the two of us, just don't really cook often.

This looks good!

no-one said...

That looks really nice. I was just wondering what to do with the breast fillets I had in my freezer.

Unknown Mami said...

Looks yummy and comforting.

She Writes said...

Looks easy and yummy. I dislike cooking generally (love to cook with my guy) and eat mainly salad to avoid cooking when I eat alone or just with my Jane. BUT when I feel like meat, I will have to try this.

ethelmaepotter! said...

I know exactly what you mean about cooking - how did we find the time when we were working AND taking care of the kids? Now, I can't find the time or inclination to even think about a recipe.

This sounds good, though, and easy. Fred usually won't eat casseroles, but he likes anything with the word "breasts," so maybe he'll try this!

SherilinR said...

most of the time, i hate cooking, but alas, i do like to eat cooked food & no one else is going to cook it for me. so i carry on with the drudgery that is dinner in order to maintain my shape. round is a shape.

runawaybride said...

Thats so mouth watering..
But I'm a lazy gal.. and epecially lazy to cook..

River said...

That looks easy, it would go nicely with a side of steamed broccoli.
I know that I cook much less now that I'm working than I did when I was a stay at home mum.

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

EJ - This is a one stop shop blog! The recipe looks, if only I knew where my kitchen was!

R. J. said...

Thanks, that looks like a good variation on a recipe that I use. I haven't tried adding the shredded cheese and bread crumbs but I'll try that too. I also add onions, green peppers and mushrooms to this recipe.

laughingmom said...

I think that one-dish meals ROCK! Thanks Eva!

Jen said...

My sister,Eva was/is a great cook! She has made numerous "tasty" dishes. My family amd I had "to die for" meals at her home. I am not a macoroni-cheese eater, but, once you've had Evas', are hooked!

Brian Miller said... what time is dinner?

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Let's hear it for Tasty Tuesday! (Can I come for dinner?)

Out of My Mind said...

I don't cook much at all any more. Since retiring I just started eating sandwiches, soups and frozen dinners.
Since I am a lousy cook I decided to retire my burned up pans too. But.... that looks GOOD and EASY....may try it! If I burn down the house it's your fault! kt

Debbie said...

It was hard for me to keep cooking when the twins left for college and there were only four of us left! I can't imagine how difficult it will be when I'm down to 2.

tsonodablog said...

Love the recipe! Gonna try it later this week. Thanks! said...

I'm so poor/lazy at cooking. I simply don't enjoy it so everything tastes awful. I think, however even I could manage to produce this easy meal. Hubby will be so pleased when I make it (because I will) as he must be sick of ready prepared meals.
yesterday I had two word verifications you might like - gronsky and didibitis...I only know one woman who could make something out of those - yes, that would be you.

Eva Gallant said...

No-one: Well there you go!

laughingmom: You are very welcome!

Jen: Aww, Sis, you are so nice!

Outofmymind: It IS good and easy. Good luck, and keep a fire extinguisher handy!

Terri: I hope it turns out well for you.

rosaria said...

Oh yes, things do change! This is an easy and wholesome recipe, Eva. I've relied quite a bit on one pot meals like this, easy and delicious.

Pat said...

Yum! One pot meals are the best! Thanks!

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Looks delicicious, dah-ling! I miss recipes. My kids eat nothing that doesn't come from a box!

Eva Gallant said...

I guess they eat what we teach them to eat. But they might surprise you if they get hungry enough and there are no "boxes" available!