Saturday, May 22, 2010
Some people hate Disney, others hate Walmart(can't blame them), but I hate cream of whatever soups. I absolutely will not ever use them. Loaded with MSG, oil, sodium and who knows what else - if a recipe calls for them - I don't even consider it. I know, I'm a snob.
So today, with a surplus of broccoli in my fridge I thought a broccoli casserole would be just the way to go only to discover that EVERY recipe under the sun requires the use of some can of creamed soup. Still wanting the casserole, I knew it was time to figure out how to make my own cream of chicken soup. So with this recipe for cream of chicken soup in hand, I made a good old fashioned broccoli casserole without too much guilt or MSG!
I love the cream of chicken recipe from Apartment Therapy's kitchn site. It seriously took like a minute and a half. And here is my completely made up and RIDICULOUSLY yummy recipe for
Broccoli Chicken Rice Casserole:
1 C Brown Rice
1 Chicken Breast - salt and peppered
1 large head of Broccoli - chopped up to smallish pieces - abt 4 cups
2 - 3 cloves of garlic - minced
1 yellow bell pepper - diced
Salt & Pepper and other spices to taste(I dashed in some dried basil and oregano)
A double recipe of cream of chicken soup
3(ish) cups of sharp cheddar - grated
1/2 C Wheat Germ
Start cooking one cup of brown rice in 3 cups of water first - this will take about 45-50 minutes so start early. Next add some butter and olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add your chicken breast and cover with a little bit of tin foil and cook until no longer pink - about 6-8 minutes per side. Remove your chicken and leave the drippings - and add a little more oil to the pan. Add your garlic - cooking for about 30 seconds and then add the broccoli, peppers, salt and pepper and spices and a little bit of water - stir and cover for about 5 minutes until slightly softened and quite flavorful. While it's cooking dice your chicken breast up and put it in a large bowl. Once your veggie mixture and rice are done - throw them in as well as the 2 cups of the cheese and the soup and stir it all together. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 casserole and put the mixture in. Top with the remaining cheese and the wheat germ and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until the cheese is melted and a little golden. And then prepare yourself for a ridiculously good and pretty darn healthy comfort food for dinner!