Chicken Under a Biscuit Casserole

So yesterday I spent the day demolishing my deck for the new one I am starting to build in a few weeks. It was supposed to rain by noon, so my plan was to work outside until the rain started then move inside for work on the blog. Well the rain didn’t start until after 6:00 pm. So I kept working on the deck until 5:30. No blog work, but I still needed to make dinner.

Sunday I had taken some chicken out of the freezer to use this week. I also had cauliflower, mushrooms and fresh corn, that were needing to be cooked, before they found their way to the trash bin. What I came up with was this fairly healthy simple chicken casserole. This is a quick and easy recipe which allows you to substitute whatever items you have in the fridge that are on their last legs.www.dadwhats4dinner.com

Makes great leftovers for lunch the next day. Trust me I just had it for lunch.

My kids loved this and didn’t even notice the smashed cauliflower for the bottom crust. Smashed cauliflower adds a nutritious nice flavor to the dish.

Enjoy!

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Wet Burritos

I’m not sure what it is but I’ve had little desire to cook this week. Maybe it’s because my girls are at camp and I have been at baseball every night with my son. Last night I was home but my son was out and my wife spent the evening getting her hair done. Still nothing. Father’s Day was spent on the road dropping the kids off at camp so we just picked up some ribs from the local market. I threw them on the grill with a salad. That is the most cooking I’ve done all week.Wet Burritos | Dad Whats 4 Dinner

If you are lucky enough to send your kids to a good summer camp, it is well worth it. Our kids have attended Springhill christian camps for years. They have a location in Seymour, IN and Evart, MI. It is your typical summer camp with horseback riding, lake activities, and zip lines. My summer camps never had zip lines! They have a blast, in a very loving environment. They get back in a couple of days so maybe I will get my enthusiasm back for cooking. We miss them very much, but happy they can have this time away to grow and learn.

A few weeks back I made one of my kids favorites. Wet Burritos. If you have never had wet burritos you and your family are in for a treat. I cooked this for the blog and made a double batch to freeze the second batch. They freeze great.. Since I am not cooking this week, I grabbed the second batch from the freezer for dinner. Always great to have extra meals frozen and ready to go..Wet Burritos | Dad Whats 4 Dinner

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Baked Spanish Rice

There are many ways to cook rice. Steam, boil, saute or fry. In fact, WikiHow has a great article on 12 ways to cook rice. But one of my favorite ways to cook rice is to bake it. This might be a new technique to you, but it is a very simple way to cook rice with consistent results.

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Bacon and Egg Bake with Sausage Gravy

Okay so the kids have been out of school for over a week now. I am trying to figure out a schedule that works for me and them because it usually takes me a few weeks to get used to a new routine. Of course they are already bored and letting me know there is nothing to eat in the house or all the food is the “same old same old”. I was tired of hearing them complaining the other morning, so I came up with this quick breakfast bake using ingredients I had on hand. There are many versions of this recipe on the web, but none topped with sausage gravy. Yum!!

Bacon and Egg Bake with Sausage Gravy

The great part about this recipe is you can add any ingredients your kids like. They could even make this themselves. Quick and easy and maybe the kids will not complain for a couple of days.

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Pizza Cabbage Roll Casserole

I love simple comfort food that is easy and makes enough for leftovers the next day. When I was kid my mom would make stuffed cabbage rolls. I loved the meat filling but was not a big fan of cabbage.

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A cabbage roll (also known as pigs in a blanket) is a dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings. It is common to the ethnic cuisines of theBalkans, Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe, as well as West Asia.

In Europe, the filling is traditionally based around meat, often beef, lamb, or pork and is seasoned with garlic, onion, and spices. Grains such as rice and barley, eggs,mushrooms, and vegetables are often included. Pickled cabbage leaves are often used for wrapping, particularly in Southeastern Europe. In Asia, seafoods, tofu, and shiitake mushroom may also be used. Chinese cabbage is often used as a wrapping. (courtesy wikipedia.org)

As an adult I love it. My kids tolerate cabbage, depending on the dish I make. A few years back I decided to turn the traditional stuffed cabbage roll into a time friendly casserole. All of the same flavors but with half the effort, but my kids still didn’t rave about it. They were like me and would eat the filling, but not much of the cabbage.

Then I had and idea to add pizza flavors to the dish and amazingly they loved it and asked for seconds. This recipe actually serves like a lasagna when cut. You could also add other pizza toppings like pepperoni or sausage with great results. Great meal that is easy and gets the kids to eat more vegetables.

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Assemble the recipe the night before and refrigerate overnight. When you get home, remove from fridge, allow to come to room temperature before baking, otherwise add additional 15-20 minutes to the covered cooking time. This makes a large amount of food. Leftovers will freeze well for a quick dinner on another night.

Crock Pot Method:  You can also make this recipe in a crock pot. Brown meat, and veggies and place in crock pot. Add remaining ingredients,  stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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