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Easy Mexican Casserole

Hello everyone!

Today I’m making a Mexican casserole to share with all of you. This is one of our go to recipes for a quick dinner, and it uses the cheese sauce I posted last week.

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Mix up some rice and black beans in a casserole dish.

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Pour about half a batch of cheese sauce over the top.

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Add refried beans, and then any veggies you’d like to add. I love adding jalapenos and/or fried peppers and onions.

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Use the rest of the cheese sauce to top it off.

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Bake until browned.

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And it’s ready to serve!

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Enjoy!

Mexican Casserole

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Thoughts Of Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I’m going to be finding recipes for our Thanksgiving meal plan. I’m so excited about it this year because I get to do a lot of the planning! Thus far I have a list of dishes, I just need to find some gluten-free options for certain things like rolls and pie crusts. I have a few ideas, but I’m not quite sure which ones we’ll be going with.

I do know that we’ll be having my breakfast casserole for breakfast and my garlic mashed potatoes and possibly autumn rice and acorn squash to go along with dinner. I was hoping to get a turkey this week to do a post for you, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Next year!

We’re going to my family’s this year. I haven’t been there in three years and my husband’s never been. I am so looking forward to it! A real family Thanksgiving!

Last year it was just the two of us, and I have to say, it was quite relaxing and wonderful, but I’m looking forward to spending this one back at home.

I think Thanksgiving is more about the gathering, being with the ones you love, and just celebrating everything that we have. When I was a kid, we just had our immediate family, but there were enough of us that it still constituted a group.

We might also have a dear woman over, who has been like a grandmother over the years. I love the idea of spreading the joy of Thanksgiving by sharing it with others!

Do you have a large group of family and/or friends for Thanksgiving? Or do you enjoy it being a smaller group of closer ones? Do you have any unique recipes or traditions? I’d love to hear from you!

Did you get a chance to check out my gluten-free yellow quinoa cake? If not, be sure to check it out! Scroll to the bottom for the recipe. I’d also love to connect with you on Facebook where I’ll be sharing smaller posts and we can interact more.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Christmas Is Coming! (Breakfast Casserole and Sugar Cookies)

Happy Monday, everyone!

This Monday was an absolutely perfect day! I made a wonderful breakfast casserole/quiche for breakfast. (Today I have that recipe for you. If you don’t want to hear my tangent about Christmas and the holiday season, then feel free to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.)

The smell of the casserole made me think of the holiday season. Quiche was always my family’s traditional Thanksgiving breakfast. We’d wait with anticipation for the amazingness that awaited us Thanksgiving morning. After a long morning of food preparation, family bonding, and just a general good time, of course.

Outside, clouds covered the sky in a beautiful blanket of white fluffiness. Which of course made me think of snow, which made me think about Christmas even more.

So what did I do? I turned Christmas music on of course! (Just a tad excited, remember?)

Then I thought, what more perfect way to add to this happy feeling than to have hot chocolate as well. So I quickly made some up for my husband and I.

Look how lovely.
Look how lovely.

I just use the hot chocolate recipe on the back of a container or something like that. I’ve been making it so long now that I don’t fully remember where it came from. It’s so simple. Just about a Tablespoon of powdered cocoa, a spoon or two of sugar, and a dash of vanilla. Fill the mug about 3/4 of the way full with steaming hot water, then add milk (or even eggnog) the rest of the way.

As I listened to the music, sugar cookies started to sound absolutely amazing. Being gluten-free, it’s been awhile since I’ve had sugar cookies. This year I want to change all that.

In my family, Christmas was (and still is) a big deal; full of food and music, movies and good memories. We’d go all out on cookies in particular, and last year I modified some of our recipes to be gluten-free, but I didn’t do all of them. As it gets closer and I start really getting into Christmas baking, I’ll share some of those with you as well.

This year I also want to try candy-making, as it’s something I’ve only barely dabbled in before.

So I was on a mission. A mission from God. (Man, I haven’t seen Blues Brothers in a long time.)

Okay, enough of that. I was on a mission to find the perfect gluten-free sugar cookies.

I’m not the best at baking when I deviate from recipes as you can tell from this post… But I’m working on it and getting better. So it’s only a matter of time! Which is a really exciting thought!

Anyway, I didn’t have much gluten-free flour, but I had a cake mix, so I decided to try to find a recipe that would include that. I found more of them than I was expecting, but they were all pretty much the same, so I have my own recipe card for that as well (I did change them slightly, otherwise I would just link to one of the many posts).

Look at those cookies!

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I made a cream cheese icing for them with cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I have no idea what the measurements would be for that, so I don’t have that recipe for you. :/ But you could try it yourself!

Have you noticed that stores are beginning to put their Christmas stuff out? How do you feel about it, are you excited to start the season, or feel that it’s too soon?

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Good evening everyone! Here’s the recipe for the chicken cordon bleu casserole I mentioned in my first post. Enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

3 large chicken breasts, cubed

6 oz gluten-free deli/sandwich ham (about 9-10 slices, chopped)

5 slices Swiss cheese

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut in slices

1-2 cups crushed Chex (Magic Bullet works great for this! You could also use a flat meat hammer or a rolling pin)

Black pepper, salt (I prefer Himalayan pink salt), garlic powder and onion powder

Combine uncooked chicken, ham and butter in 9×13 glass cooking pan. Spread evenly across the pan. Combine Chex crumbs and spices to taste. Spread breading over chicken and ham. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Layer Swiss cheese over the breading. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked. Let sit for 10 minutes before dishing with a serving spoon.

First Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!

I have a feeling I could become one of those super annoying morning (Monday) people who is way too excited way too soon. It’s exasperating! Anyway, if that does happen to be the case, you have my permission to wait until Tuesday (or even Friday) to read, if you so choose.

So… Here goes!

My husband and I just moved into a new apartment in the middle of a new town. So many things to do and see! I’m really excited about this! And now we’re closer to friends and family, yet another added bonus!

We’ve been here a week and I finally made my first real meal today. Breakfasts for dinner, salads, and pasta don’t really count, right? Hmm… I’ll have to think about that. Anyway, it was my first real dinnery meal since moving.

My plan was chicken cordon bleu (ironically, that was also the first meal I’d cooked completely on my own as a kid). We got chicken breast for only $1.99/lb. The cheapest we could find it at our previous location was $2.99/lb, and that was if we were lucky.

The chicken was huge! It didn’t take me long to realize that if I wanted to make cordon bleu I had some bigger issues… literally. I suppose I could have hammered it more, but I felt that I was already making too much noise and didn’t want our new neighbors to hate me.

So, new idea! Chicken cordon bleu casserole. (Recipe will follow shortly.)

It was a hit! My husband gave it “easily an 8 or 9” and said that I should make it when we have company. He then proceeded to eat the casserole without any sides. Nothing short of a miracle. I’ve never seen him do that before.  I had been planning on pairing it with some sort of rolls or pasta along with steamed carrots and a starter salad, but nope! He declined that offer. (I still had the salad though.)

Berry crisp with vanilla ice cream would have been a perfect dessert to follow, but we went out for ice cream instead.

All in all, our first Monday in the new place was pretty good. Oh, and I also made a mess. I should probably clean that up…

Have a wonderful week!