Monday, September 12, 2011

Easy and Quick I Got You Covered

It's Monday again. Wow...it seems like it was just Friday. Where did the weekend go? This weekend was the source of some new adventures for me. Not sure what I think yet. Will let you know soon though. Think Z maybe on the way to recovery. Most of his test came back and after going to both the Infectious Disease doctor and the neurologist on Friday, they think that they have come to a diagnosis. We have to wait until the last of his blood work is in, so we are still waiting. I am so tired of waiting.

I apparently caused a stir in this weeks Rant on my blog. I don't know whether they think I am too political or not political enough. Along with all the comments on the blog, I got at least half as many more in both my email and fb messaging. I hit some nerves and many did not agree with me. I think those that did agree did not understand why I tolerated remarks from those that didn't. It is called free speech and as long as the comments stay within certain limits.....they are welcome. You don't have to like what I say or agree with it in the least. However, you must respect my right to say it. That.....and if you find me too offensive....you don't have to read my blog. This is a concept that a few do not seem to grasp. My blog is NOT mandatory reading for anyone. It kind of makes me laugh.

So today we are onto My Favorite Recipes. Amazingly you all really seem to like Monday's around here. Have I ever let you all in on the secret..... that I am really not that great of a cook? Truth be told the recipes I use as standards are pretty much fail proof. My culinary skills are average at best. The real cook in the house is Z and one of these days I will invite him to be a guest blogger and share his delicacies.

Today's recipes are once again easy and fairly quick. Both can be prepared ahead and served later. The first is one that I came up with but it closely follows most pasta salads. I call it simply....My Perfect Pasta Salad. It is made with tri-color pasta and as an added convenience bottled Italian Dressing. I always like to make it the night before I plan to serve it so that it's flavors have nicely blended. My kids are crazy though and love it as soon as it is put together while the pasta is still warm. It makes a great side dish for any meal, especially those summer bbq favorites. It is also a great dish to take to family reunions, church dinners or pot lucks. It is just one yummy salad.

The next recipe is another concoction that I put together after reading several different recipes. It is my Easy Cluck-n-Rice casserole. Cute name...right? This is another comfort food dish that is wonderful and easy on a cool fall night. It can be put together the night before and then baked when you are ready to use or baked the night before and reheated the next day. Either way it is great and it makes for great lunch leftovers the following day. Whether you are looking for the perfect side or an incredible main dish....I got you covered this week.

My Perfect Pasta Salad
1 box or small bag of tri-color spiral pasta cooked and drained according to directions
1 bottle of you favorite brand Italian Salad Dressing
I med red onion diced
1 med. cucumber peeled and chunked
1 med. tomato chunked
1 small can black olives drained
1 TBSP Parmesan cheese

In a large serving/mixing bowl add pasta, onion, cucumber, tomato, and black olives. Mix. Then add 3/4 of the bottle of Italian dressing. Mix until  all ingredients are completely covered with dressing. Cover tightly and refrigerate over night. Before serving add the rest of the Italian Dressing to re-moisten salad and then sprinkle the top with Parmesan Cheese and serve. Goes great with bbq, roast or any meat main dish meal. Just don't plan on any leftovers.

Cluck-n-Rice Casserole
3 cups rice white or brown cooked according to directions
1 med. can mushrooms drained
1 sm. chicken boiled and meat removed from bone and shredded or diced (can also use canned or frozen diced chicken)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 small package of frozen chopped broccoli
1/4 cup of milk
Season Salt
Pepper
Panco bread crumbs
Margarine or Butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, combine rice and chicken. To that add the soup and milk. Mix thoroughly. Add mushrooms and broccoli and mix. Add Season Salt and pepper to taste. Move to a large casserole dish and sprinkle the top with the Panco bread crumbs (plain crushed potato chips work too). Dot the top with margarine or butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Remove from oven and cover top with cheddar cheese. Bake another 15 min. or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. This dish is hearty and filling and needs only a veggie/salad and biscuits or rolls to make a complete meal. This seems to be a family favorite whenever I give out the recipe.

Well....it is time to get out there and start another week. Here is hoping that your Monday seems more like a Wednesday and that your week is full of wonderful things. Happy Monday everyone.


6 comments:

J'nelle said...

Love the pasta salad one. Will be making that this next weekend. Will be trying the Cluck (love the name) too. Great recipes. Keep up the good work. So far every week I have tried at least one of your recipes and I haven't found one I don't like. Thanks.

Droopy Brains said...

Can't wait to try the cluck recipe (minus the 'shrooms cuz they taste like dirt)!
I hope you didn't offend anonymous Mary-Mary today with your Monday office cartoon. Cartoon gun rhetoric has been known to cause internal brain injury to the over-sensitive.
Good luck with that :)

LisaAnne said...

Comfort food recipes on a Monday morning are torture!

My mom makes the same pasta salad and will also add pepperonis and chunks of cheese to make it a lunch meal.

Either way, it is delicious, and simple. Which is a great combination.

I think you need to make each of these recipes and we can come by and sample them on Mondays.

Just a thought!

Anonymous said...

Pasta and rice and ground beef. Do you ever make anything healthy? You cook like someone out of the 1950's before they realized that starch and fat were a BAD thing. Your food scares me cmom and it should scare everyone else too.

Celia said...

Really anonymous, you even have to be negative about a RECIPE!! It's a Recipe!! If you don't think it sounds good don't make it. If it's not healthy for you, don't make it.

Is it just CMom's blog that you find so offensive? Makes me wonder if you find anything positive about anything in your life. That's sad.

Mama Spaghetti said...

That casserole looks awesome! Nothing like a good comfort food.