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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Chicken lasagna and then some...

My husband gave me roses the other day because he was so excited about all the cooking I have been doing lately.  We all get so tired of eating the same things all the time plus I figured we would eat healthier if I cooked more.  So, a couple of weeks ago I went to the internet for some fresh ideas.   Marina made Pho for us once and it was so yummy I decided to try it.  It is pretty labor intensive but I looked for an easier version of it on youtube.  I found Yummies4Dummies.  The girls that does this video blog thing is so cute and she arranges every recipe into 4 easy steps.   My Pho Ga (cuicken noodle soup) went over really well.  Chris ate 3 big bowls and then finished the leftovers the next day.  Personally I don't like cilantro but went ahead and added it because I have gotten used to eating it in Chipotle rice.  Big mistake for me this time.  I could not get past the taste of cilantro and after half a bowl, I had had enough.

That week was Asian food week in our house.  I made Pad Thai and some other stuff I don't remember.  Last week I went to Publix and picked up a couple of recipes there.  The first one was a some sort of pork chili.  It said to buy deli mojo pork.  Well, I can make my own mojo pork so I tossed the recipe and went home and mixed mojo pork with canned chili and served it over rice.  They liked that, too.

Publix recipe #2 was hoisin chicken.  It was yummy.  I stuck pretty close to the recipe.  I misread the card in the store and didn't pick up the garlic and herb cheese it asked for so I substituted what I had - sour cream and garlic and herb seasoning.  Everyone liked this, even me.

This week I went to pinterest looking for chicken recipes because I am getting a whole bunch of frozen chicken breasts this month from Zaycon(look it up online if you don't know what it is) for 1.79/lb.

So this is what I made tonight:
White chicken lasagna.  I wasn't sure about the combo of flavors but it was really good...very meaty.  I did use the meat of one rotisserie chicken instead of 3 breasts and about double the spinach.  I also do not cook the noodles before using them.

She doesn't give a lot of direction so here is how you do it:
Remove all meat from one chicken and set it side in bowl #1.

Mix 2 jars of alfredo sauce with one dry pack of ranch seasoning(found next to the dressing).  Because I don't cook the pasta, I use about 1/4 cup of water in each jar, shake it to rinse the jar and pour into the sauce bowl.  I think the extra water helps the pasta cook.  This is bowl #2

saute the broccoli slaw in olive oil.  when it is softened, add the spinach and cover the pan.  In a minute or so the spinach leaves will shrink up and then you lose the cover, stir them in and remove from heat.  This is bowl #3

Bowl #4 is shredded mozzarella cheese.  

Put a little sauce in the bottom of the pan and then start layering with uncooked lasagna noodles, Bowl 1,2,3,4 and repeat until everything is gone.  sprinkle some croutons on top and cover with aluminum foil.  bake at 350 for 45 min - an hour.  remove foil and bake 5 more minutes.  Remove from over and let it sit 10 minutes before cooking.

It is yummy.  Chris and Renee are at work but Hope and I enjoyed it.  There is plenty left.  It is also very filling.