After naps for all, Deeds had a little party and DH had a playdate. And I had forgotten that my dad was coming for dinner- we all like to feed him when Mama is out of town, being suspicious of his ability to eat something other than junk food for dinner.
Luckily, I had a King Ranch Chicken Casserole in my freezer. I pulled together a quick tomato salad, and we were set. I love having a stocked freezer. Anytime I make something that freezes well (soups and stews, casseroles, quiches, meatloaf, etc.) I make double so I have meals on hand.
I know it's not clean eating, but sometimes nothing hits the spot on a Sunday night like a creamy chicken casserole.
From Southern Living-
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
Sauté onion and bell pepper in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken and next 7 ingredients; remove from heat.
Tear tortillas into 1-inch pieces; layer one-third of tortilla pieces in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with one-third of chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.
Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. If it's frozen, bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
To counteract the amount of canned and processed food in the casserole, I put together a bright and fresh salad that' perfect for the winter months.
Southwestern Tomato Salad:
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup white corn, (I used frozen and just thawed it)
1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing (either homemade, or I used my favorite store-bought- Garlic Expressions)
Mix it all together- I like to smash the avocado a bit, so you get some with every bite :)
Delicious! Thank goodness for cherry tomatoes. They help get me through until tomato season is here once again.