Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cheezit Casserole

I'm not even kidding when I say this is YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!! We had a potluck at work, and a guy I work with brought this. He said he used to make it with his grandma when he was a kid.

I guess I should start taking pictures right after it's done. Sorry, this is the leftover tupperware pic.

 1 pkg of frozen broccoli florets (16 oz.)
1 cup of mayo
2 cups of shredded cheddar
1 can of vegall (mixed vegetables)
1 can of cooked chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (8 oz)
2 cups of crushed cheezits

Preheat oven to 350. You will need a 13x9 pan. Heat broccoli to 75-80% done in microwave. Chop chicken into smaller pieces. In separate bowl mix mayo, cream of mushroom, veggies, chicken, broccoli, and cheddar. Fold in one cup of cheezits to mixture. Then spread into greased pan. Sprinkle the rest of the cheezits on top. Bake for 35 minutes.

LC really liked this. If you're short on time, this is perfect. Little prep time and goes right in the oven.

Bowtie Lasagna

So, this is how my bowtie lasagna looked:

Ok, so I need to make sure I don't get distracted that way I crumble the meat all the way. Lesson learned!!!
This is what it's supposed to look like:

I mean does anything ever look as good as the model picture? Ha!

LC liked it. I'm not a huge red sauce fan. I don't eat traditional spaghetti, not a big fan of lasagna, etc. I figured this was easy enough for me to start. Here's the recipe from Tasty Kitchen:

Recipe Description

If you’re in the mood for lasagna, but are out of time, try this!


  • 1 pound Ground Chuck
  • 5 cups Bow Tie Noodles
  • 3 cups Spaghetti Sauce (or Pizza Sauce, Whatever You Prefer)
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or More, Make It To Your Taste)
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

Preparation Instructions

Fry ground chuck in small pan. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
After noodles are cooked, drain and drizzle with olive oil. Mix in your spaghetti sauce. (I can’t guarantee your results on this, because I’m spoiled; I am a “home canner” and have the BEST sauce on my shelf, a home canned marinara sauce that I use for lots of stuff—pizza, spaghetti, and of course, THIS.)
Add your fried hamburger, seasonings, cheese, and sour cream. Fold together and allow it all to combine and melt together, over low heat, for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Serve to your family and be prepared to have it disappear before your very eyes.

This was super easy and a fast, quick meal if you're crunched for time. 

Friday, June 3, 2011


So, hence the title of this new blog I've created, you can tell I'm no chef. I would say "novice" doesn't even describe the lack of cooking skill I have. I think the term "can't boil water" describes me perfectly:) This is going to be my journey to learn how to cook and its trials and tribulations in between.