What’s Brunchin’?

Ms. Foodie loves breakfast casseroles, and they’re so easy to make!

This one is chock full of Ground Turkey and Kale, accompanied by Onions, Mushrooms, Garlic and breadcrumbs. Some Cumin, Black Pepper, and Cilantro, along with fresh Basil, Thyme and Oregano added just the right savory flavor, then I filled it with six eggs mixed up with sour cream and sprinked on some Sharp Cheddar Cheese. We love our cow!

But you can easily healthy it up with 2% milk or a non-dairy base. You can also substitute egg whites or a vegan-friendly alternative. Potatoes are a good thickener.

And it makes great leftovers!

 

Chicken Pot Pie–the ultimate comfort food

So the Holidays are coming to a close, but it’s still winter, and Ms. Foodie is still needing some comfort and joy!

Chicken pot pies were always my favorite meal as a child, and they are easy to make with ingredients in the store, or quickly bought.  What better way to not only get rid of some of my leftovers, but create a meal that is filling and satisfying.

I had a couple of roast chicken carcasses leftover from my festivities, so I opted to use those.  Otherwise, you can buy cubed chicken breast, or whatever chicken meat you prefer.  Saves you time too, but you know me–love the process!  I also like the double-crust method, so purchase two shells if that is also your bent.

I threw both chickens in a pot, chopped up about 1/2 cup of yellow onion, and stew it on low until the meat falls off the bones.  I sifted the bones and transferred the chicken and a cup of the stock to a skillet.

In another skillet, I sautéed about a 1/2 cup of mushrooms and 1/2 cup of celery in 2 tablespoons butter.  I transferred this to the chicken and stock skillet, along with chunky organic carrots, and organic green peas.  I added about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream and 1/2 cup of whole milk, then seasoned the mix with Thyme, Pepper, Sea Salt and Rosemary to taste.  Finally, I added about 1/3 cup of flour to thicken the mixture, covered the skillet and let it simmer for 25 minutes.

While the mixture was doing its ruminating, I prepped a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray, then spread the crust, covering the bottom and sides of the pan. After poking a few holes, I placed it in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes in order to crisp the crust and keep it from turning gummy during cooking.

I transferred the cooked mixture into to the pre-cooked crust, filling it to the top, then took the second pie crust and covered the mixture to complete the pie!

30-35 minutes in that same 350 degree oven is all that’s needed.  Before you know it, a perfect (and yummy) Chicken Pot Pie is born!

What’s for Dinner? Easy Tamale Pie to the rescue!

After a busy day facilitating the Tuesdays with Transitioners group and taking care of emails and other busyness, I needed a no-brainer for dinner.  I found this one on Recipe Tips.com.
What I like is that the recipe  isn’t heavy on the corn meal.  Mind you, I love me some cornbread and all that, but some tamale pie recipes have the ingredients caked in the corn meal, overpowering the dish.  And since kernel corn is also part of the meat mixture, you can have too much of a good thing!
I used ground pork instead of beef, which makes for a lighter dish.  Pork also gives it a sweet flavor, especially if you use white wine, instead of chicken broth. To continue with the more delicate, as opposed to overpowering, I used mozzarella instead of cheddar or jack.
This recipe is very flexible, so you can easily substitute ingredients and not feel as though you’ve ruined the dish.  Being an original Spice Girl (take that, Scary Spice!) I added a bit more chili powder and jalapenos than the recipe called for.
All I can say is, “Tasty!”