Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chicken Tamale Casserole

This recipe is so easy and my whole family loved it.  We will definitely be seeing this recipe again at my house! I was using pantry items to make this meal and all I had was a whole chicken.  I baked it using the high heat method.  It was quick and easy! If you like your Mexican HOT choose the hot enchilada sauce.

1 cup (4oz) pre-shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8.5-ounce) box corn muffin mix (I used Jiffy)
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
non-stick cooking spray
1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso mild)
2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Combine 1/4 cup cheese and the next 7 ingredients (through chiles) in a large bowl, stirring just until moist.  Pour mixture into 9 x 13 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until set (I had to cook mine a little longer.) Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top.  Top with chicken; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.  Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.
Calories 354; Fat 14.1g; Carbohydrate 36.3g; Protein 18.9g; Fiber 2.5g.
9 Weight Watchers Points +
Adapted from Cooking Light

Monday, August 1, 2011

Menu Plan Monday August 1-7

My kids start back to school this Wednesday.  Seems the summer just flew by. I do the weight watchers plan and try to cook meals all of us will eat. Here's my plan for the week:
Monday: Chicken Tamale Casserole  (New Recipe for me)
Tuesday: Soup and Sandwiches, finger jello (Open House night at school)
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza (This is the dough I use), salad, Mom's Banana Bread
Thursday: Spaghetti Casserole, Low-Fat Low-Fat Bread Machine Italian Bread, salad
Friday: Weekday Lasagna 7 Points+, salad
Saturday: Cheesy Ranch Burgers, Oven fries, Oatmeal Raisin Bites
Sunday: Crockpot Taco Junk, baked tortilla chips

Monday, July 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday July 25-July 31

I have been doing Weight Watchers and I plan my meals around my points+ number.  I try to make meals my whole family will eat.  I linked recipes from my old blog, but many of them will not have the new points+.  I plan to refigure points+ as I make them and plan to post those recipes on this blog as I try to move things over to this new blog.  This menu came by planning with what I had on hand and only getting milk and produce.
The Plan
Monday: Tacos with garden tomatoes, Spanish Rice
Tuesday: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes, bacon, fruit
Wednesday: Rapid Roast Chicken, 80 calorie Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes, green beans, Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
Thursday: Unstuffed Green Pepper Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Friday: Pizza (Here's the dough recipe I use.) I top with spaghetti sauce lightly and light cheese. Serve with a salad.
Saturday: Crispy Chicken Drumsticks, corn on the cob, cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, Weight Watchers White Bread
Sunday: Easy Enchilladas, Spanish Rice, corn
Go link up your menu at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods: 
It's been raining ALOT and sometimes severe storms with the rain.  When it's not raining it's too hot to go out, we have had heat advisories for the past week.  It's the end of summer vacation and staying inside so much has not been fun for my kids.

Things that make me happy:
My garden although it is begining to look bad with so much rain and heat.

Books I'm Reading:
Right now I'm reviewing the book Wyoming Sweethearts by Jullian Hart on my Kindle, it's a Love Inspired selection for August. 

What's on my TV today:
I don't really follow a lot of TV shows in the summer.  We will probably pick a movie or TV show from Netflix.  We are taking advantage of the free month trial for the instant downloads.  We can watch through our Wii or computer.  I've been enjoying old episodes of Clean House.

On the menu for dinner:
Tacos (I have a bunch of taco meat premade in my freezer, which will make this meal so easy to cook!) and Spanish Rice

On my to-do list:
Laundry (it's neverending with a family of 6!), clean up kitchen, make some granola bars, pick up living room. Next month I start doing some deep cleaning and getting rid of a ton of stuff!

New recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Playgroup Granola Bars- (These are on my do-do list!)

In the craft basket:
I have not really been making much time for crafting.

Looking forward to this week:
We get paid so picking up some school supplies. I love back to school shopping and school supplies!

Tips and Tricks:
Recently I made my own hamburger and hot dog buns.  I learned a trick to make the hamburger buns look prettier and I plan to try this soon. Homemade Kaiser Buns.

My favorite blog post this week:
Homemade Yogurt Tubes aka Fake GoGurts from Once a Month Cooking (I so want to make these soon and I'm hoping for a food saver for Christmas.

Blog Hopping (A new discoverd blog you would like to share with readers.):
Once a Month Cooking (They makr menu plans for traditional, baby.toddler, and diet and they have some great recipes and ideas.)

No words needed (Favorite picture yours or others you want to share.):

Lesson learned the past few days:
That summer is too short.  I have loved spending time with my kids this summer and can't believe it's almost time for them to go back.  All my kids will be in school for the first time this year and that really makes me want to cherish every day I have with them at home!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
John 14:15: If you love me , keep my comandments. (We can show our Father in Heaven how much we love him by just keeping his commandments.  That might not always be easy but we should be willing to do that for our Heavenly Father to show him that we love him.)

Friday, January 21, 2011

A House of Order

Clutter, we all have it!  We just have to keep on top of it and get rid of it.  My clutter story starts when I got out of college and moved into my first apartment.  I remember looking at the stuff on the floor and thinking I don't have anything.  After that when ever I found something on sale I would buy it and store it thinking I might need it later.  I devoted a whole bedroom to my "what I might need later. Then I got married and got some new stuff that my husband brought with him.  Then we had a baby and reorganized out stuff to fit into his closet.  We then moved into a three bedroom home and I felt like I finally had more room.  One room became a storage room.  We then had twins and my laundry room became a storage room.  We got pregnant again and our last child lived in our room and my bedroom became a place of piles and junk!  That's how I got to where I am.  I want to make my home a House of Order.   I started this blog to get organized but I'll have other home related stuff here too.  Can't wait to get started on A House of Order.