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Easy Weeknight Meals Challenge Day 4: Comfort Food

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM
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Welcome to Day 4 of the Easy Weeknight Meals Challenge! Each day we'll give you tasty new recipe to go along with a new food theme!

Here is an easy recipe to try for today's theme: Comfort Food

Recipe Name: Easy Homemade Chicken Pot Pie


Recipe Description: A hearty crust of cornmeal and cheddar holds a creamy, savory filling of chicken and veggies.

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Ingredients and Procedures:

  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Bake: 25 to 28 minutes at 350°F
  • Stand: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2¼ cups milk
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 package (12 ounces) refrigerated biscuits
  • ¼ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

PREP:

1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Line a 2-quart square baking dish with Reynolds Wrap® Pan Lining Paper, parchment side up.

2. MELT cream cheese over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the milk slowly; then add the 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.

3. ADD frozen vegetables, thyme, and black pepper to the skillet. Cook and stir just until boiling. Stir in chicken; heat through. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.

4. DIP biscuit dough rounds in cornmeal to coat.

5. PLACE biscuit dough rounds on top of hot mixture in baking dish, cutting rounds as needed to cover mixture. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese on top.

COOK:

6. BAKE, uncovered, 25 to 28 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and crust is golden.

7. LET stand 15 minutes before serving.

REYNOLDS KITCHENS TIP:

Serve up this family favorite without the need to soak or scrub your pan. Simply bake the pot pie on pan lining paper and toss the mess after mealtime.

  • Number of Servings: 9
  • Nutrition Facts (per serving) : 375 cal., 20 g total fat (9 g sat. fat), 68 mg chol., 691 mg sodium, 28 g carb., 2 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 20 g pro.
  • Daily Values: 45% vit. A, 15% vit. C, 26% calcium, 11% iron


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Do you eat more comfort food when the weather cools down? What are some of your family's favorites? Share your easy comfort food recipes!

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by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:53 AM

mmm...chicken pot pie!

The only thing that changes when weather cools down is that we'll eat more soups/stews/chili, maybe more skillet meals and one-pot meals.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM


Twice-baked Non-potato casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower, steamed until very tender and then mashed with butter, salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 c. full fat sour cream
  • 1 to 2 green onions, sliced
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 oz. bacon, cooked & crumbled

Mix cauliflower, sour cream, green onions, 1 c. cheddar cheese, and bacon.  Pour into baking dish.  Top with remaining cheddar cheese and bake at 375° for 25 minutes.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:55 AM


My family devours this!  I love it because it is quick prep and easy to make.

Mockaroni & cheese

  • 1 head cauliflower or 16 oz. frozen cauliflower
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (milk will work)
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar (divided)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Cook the cauliflower until tender; drain well. In a 1 1/2 quart casserole, mix cream cheese, 4 oz. cheddar, and cream.  Stir well until cream cheese is creamy and smooth. Stir in the green onions, salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower and gently fold into the cheese sauce to coat well. Adjust the seasonings if needed. Top with the remaining 4 ounces cheese and bake at 350º for 35 minutes, until bubbly and brown on top.

Makes 4-6 servings

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:55 AM
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we love broccoli & cheese!


CHEESY BROCCOLI CASSEROLE
14-16 ounce package frozen broccoli florets
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 pieces bacon, chopped and fried until crisp

Cook the broccoli 4-5 minutes or just until tender-crisp; drain very well. Put in a greased 2-quart casserole. Mix in the cream cheese, cheddar, green onion, salt, pepper and bacon. Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly.

Makes 4-6 servings

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:57 AM

we love this one, too!


Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet meal

  • 12 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1/2 tsp.)
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 medium cabbage, shredded (about 16 oz.)
  • 8 oz. Deluxe American or Cheddar cheese, diced (do NOT use cheese food)

In a very large skillet or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onion, garlic, and mushrooms.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the tomato sauce and cabbage; stir to coat the cabbage with the sauce.  Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes until the cabbage is tender.  Stir in the bacon and diced cheese; stir until cheese is melted.  Serve.

Wantz
by on Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:01 AM

We eat more warmer foods and Chicken Pot Pie is great.

Flaca43
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM
Yum! Love chicken pot pie! Will try this.
We love comfort foods when the weather gets cooler. Chili, soups, stews...mmm.
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by Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM
Cool weather = Comfort Food!
IncognitoOne
by Member on Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM

 Yummy! The perfect comfort food! I'll be making this :)

batjmom
by Sarah on Aug. 21, 2014 at 8:14 AM
I've wanted to try making this
Thanks for the recipe
Think I'll sub in garlic for the onion.
I think this is one way my kids will eat cauliflower


Quoting michiganmom116:

My family devours this!  I love it because it is quick prep and easy to make.

Mockaroni & cheese

  • 1 head cauliflower or 16 oz. frozen cauliflower
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (milk will work)
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar (divided)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper


Cook the cauliflower until tender; drain well. In a 1 1/2 quart
casserole, mix cream cheese, 4 oz. cheddar, and cream.  Stir well until cream cheese is creamy and smooth. Stir in the green onions, salt and pepper. Add the
cauliflower and gently fold into the cheese sauce to coat well. Adjust
the seasonings if needed. Top with the remaining 4 ounces cheese and
bake at 350º for 35 minutes, until bubbly and brown on top.


Makes 4-6 servings

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